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Congressional negotiators are closer to reaching a spending deal with less than a week left before the current budget expires.
GAO examined 94 federal projects run by 11 agencies. Three agencies oversaw a majority of these projects — the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
House Republicans have dotted nine remaining spending bills with well more than 100 "riders" that would redirect government policy or maintain it in some cases despite objections from President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Most are unlikely to survive in final negotiations on a massive bill for funding government operations through next September.
The Republican-run House on Thursday voted to give Congress greater power to approve or reject major federal rules that the GOP calls "job killers" _ regulations covering everything from health care to dangerous children's toys.
The Army is collaborating with the Environmental Protection Agency to makes its bases more sustainable as part of its Net Zero initiative.
The EPA has announced five winners for its Apps for the Environment Challenge. The agency designed the contest to help promote the creation of mobile apps that make innovative uses of EPA's own data. The top overall app the agency selected is a light bulb finder that lets mobile users weigh their lighting needs against financial considerations and the environmental impact of their choices. EPA also selected winners in categories created by students, and a winner for the most popular app as chosen by users.
Three former agency employees say they tried to expose wrongdoing and were punished by EPA senior leaders. Several organizations marched to EPA headquarters asking for more support for whistleblowers.
The winning app for the Environmental Protection Agency's Apps for the Environment Challenge helps people find the right light bulb for their homes.
David Trimble, director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at GAO, discussed some of the recommendations to fix EPA's budget management.
Dr. Gayle Hagler leads research in major developments that measure and map air pollutant emissions.
Dr. David Reif is a statistician for EPA's National Center for Computational Toxicology.
Wade Najjum, the assistant inspector general for program evaluation at EPA, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the recent EPA IG report and what's next.
The use of QR codes is building momentum in government. But some cyber experts are warning agencies that some of them could pose cyber threats.
K. Eric Nottingham, director of the National Enforcement Investigations Center in Denver, Colo., explains how the EPA's investigators help prosecute environmental offenders.
Sarah Ladislaw, a senior fellow for energy and national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined the Federal Drive to discuss the policy implications.
In a dramatic reversal, President Barack Obama on Friday scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog, yielding to bitterly protesting businesses and congressional Republicans who complained the rule would kill jobs in America's ailing economy.
David Trimble is the Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office.
In the last 20 years, independent evaluations of EPA's labs have turned up operations and management problems, according to the GAO report. EPA also struggles with consolidating its labs.
Field office employees and headquarters staff work closely together to ensure changes meet the agency's mission. Two-way communication makes policy implementations more likely to succeed, EPA employees say. But these employees also say headquarters' staff needs to do more to understand their challenges, and field workers need to spend some time in Washington.