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6-month spending bill clears Senate hurdle

A spending bill required to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month has cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:06pm EDT

Cool Jobs: USDA Community Gardener

Livia Marques created a nationwide community garden network that, to date, has donated 1.3 million pounds of produce to the needy. She is a finalist for the 2012 Service to America Medals.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 08:00am EDT

USDA unveils new steps to stop food stamp fraud

The Agriculture Department says it is going to impose tougher penalties on stores that violate food stamp rules and give states new tools to root out applicants who are ineligible for the benefit program that now covers about 1 out of every 7 Americans.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 04:04am EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- July 23

Rob Strayer of the Bipartisan Policy Center discusses the compromise cybersecurity bill. Daniel Schuman talks about the Congressional Research Service. Dick Gregg fills us in on the Treasury's annual fiscal report.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 10:02am EDT

Report finds mixed progress on plain language

A new report details mixed progress on a law requiring agencies to write using plain language when dealing with the public. The Center for Plain Language awarded the Agriculture Department an "A" for its efforts, the highest score of 12 large agencies and departments it surveyed. The Veterans Affairs Department, however, earned an "F" for its mostly incomplete progress.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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GSA backs sale of island that's home to DHS lab

A federal agency supports a plan to sell New York's Plum Island, home to the country's only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could affect the livestock industry, according to a draft report by the agency.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:17pm EDT

Federal produce-testing program spared _ for now

The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 03:22am EDT

Fed. panel supports Kan. biosecurity lab project

A government-backed committee of the National Research Council issued a report Friday saying the United States would have adequate biosecurity protections even if plans for a proposed $1.14 billion lab in Kansas are scaled back.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 03:25pm EDT

7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

Boehner says no decision on farm bill vote

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that no decision has been made on House consideration of a five-year, $500-billion farm and nutrition bill that has cleared the Senate and was approved earlier in the day by the House Agriculture Committee with some changes.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 02:30pm EDT

Sustainability Efforts: The grades are in

Federal agencies released FY 2011 sustainability scorecards indicating overall progress.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 06:50pm EDT

Corporations boost agricultural research funding

The gap between federal support for agricultural research at large public universities and private investment continues to grow _ and the divide comes with increased threats to academic freedom and more instances of meddling in the lab, a new research report suggests.

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 06:58pm EDT

House OKs FDA bill to increase inspections, fees

The Food and Drug Administration would have more power to catch tainted pharmaceuticals manufactured overseas before they enter the U.S. market under legislation passed Wednesday by House lawmakers.

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 07:49am EDT

Budget top of mind as USDA celebrates 150th birthday

The Agriculture Department kicks off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary today with a star-studded party at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 08:11am EDT
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All USDA buildings open on Tuesday

It's back to business as usual for Department of Agriculture employees the day after a fire closes six buildings at the agency's headquarters.

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 06:24am EDT

USDA headquarters, offices closed Monday

Six USDA buildings are closed today after a minor electrical fire at one of the headquarters buildings caused power outages and Internet stoppages at other agency buildings, said a USDA spokesman.

Monday - 04/16/2012, 09:15am EDT

FDA, USDA need to manage flood of imported food, experts say

The Institute of Medicine said the Food and Drug Administration, Agriculture Department and other agencies should pony up some resources to batten down the hatches on imports.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 11:38am EDT
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USDA eyes airports for alternative energy production

Travis DeVault, project leader for USDA's National Wildlife Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the project.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 09:31am EDT
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USDA takes direct approach to managing workforce, reducing costs

Billy Milton, chief human capital officer at the USDA, tells The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the Agriculture Department's successful approach to managing its workforce in tough budgetary times.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 10:13am EDT
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Cutting, investing aren't mutually exclusive, federal CIO says

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to cut spending and invest in new capabilities at the same time. Savings from outdated or inefficient IT projects can be plowed into new innovations, he said.

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:26am EDT
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