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Department of the Interior News

OMB launches PortfolioStat to reduce commodity IT spending

Agencies have to meet a series of milestones starting in June to eventually migrate two commodity IT functions to shared services or strategic sourcing contracts. VA, GSA, Interior and Patent and Trademark Office have tested the concept of managing by portfolios as well as vendor management organizations.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Senator blocks Interior's Salazar from receiving pay bump

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on track for pay raise that would have brought his salary on par with other Cabinet secretaries, until Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) gave him a quota. Until Salazar each month approved six new deep-water permits to allow exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Vitter would block the raise.

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 07:05pm EDT

Obama administration two-sided on openness, expert says

Angela Canterbury, director of Public Policy at the Project on Government Oversight, said the Obama administration's efforts at transparency and openness have garnered mixed results.

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:17pm EDT
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Interior pursues diverse, satisfied workforce

John Burden, the Interior Department's chief diversity officer, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin what Interior's diversity plan looks like and what he thinks is the best way to achieve the agency's goals.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 10:45am EST
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OMB reports contract spending stayed flat in 2011

A new report shows agencies already cut the use of management-support contracts by 7 percent in 2011. OMB details four focus areas to continue to reduce spending on contracts for 2012.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:32pm EST

Discretionary Budget Authority 2008-2013

A look at the discretionary budget authority for Cabinet-level agencies from 2008-2013.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:19am EST

Interior trying again to move email, collaboration to cloud

The department released a new RFP asking for a host of services. Interior made an award in 2010 to a Microsoft provider only to see a Google provider protest and eventually force the agency to pull back the contract.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 06:01am EST

Obama pushes for veterans jobs programs

In an effort to cut the unemployment rate among veterans, President Barack Obama is calling for a new conservation program that would put veterans to work rebuilding trails, roads and levees on public lands.

Friday - 02/03/2012, 10:23pm EST

Will Interior's new mobile portal pave the way for other agencies?

With the launch of a new portal this week, Interior Department employees can now use their own mobile devices to log on to the agency's network. Mark Forman, the first E-gov administrator at the Office of Management and Budget and the co-founder of Government Transaction Services, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss what Interior's new policy could mean for other agencies.

Friday - 02/03/2012, 06:28pm EST
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Interior employees can now access network on mobile devices

Interior Department launches new portal that allows employees to access the agency's internal network using their own mobile devices. Starting today, employees can use a tablet or smartphone to record time and attendance.

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 12:13pm EST
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Veteran strives to be 'part of something' in federal workforce

Andrew Goodrich, a ranger with the National Park Service, shares his story of being an injured Iraq War veteran finding a new home as a federal employee. He describes some of the challenges he faced and the accommodations his employers provided to to help him achieve success in the workplace.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 11:02am EST
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OMB to expand permit-tracking initiative

President Obama told the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Tuesday the administration would create performance metrics, track progress and adapt best practices for reducing the red tape for businesses.

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 07:55pm EST

Will 2012 be the year agencies focus on succession planning?

Pressure is growing on agencies to draft formal succession plans. There's good reason to believe more feds retired in late 2011 than in recent years, although the final count is not yet out.

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 08:39pm EST
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US Forest Service OKs 15-turbine Vt. wind project

The U.S. Forest Service has approved the construction of 15 wind turbines in southern Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest.

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 06:17pm EST

Indian Health Service facing data deadline

Acting CIO Howard Hays said the agency is taking advantage of the work VA is doing to update its systems. Indian Health Services borrows heavily from VA's VistA electronic health records system.
November 17, 2011(Encore presentation December 29, 2011)

Friday - 11/18/2011, 12:58am EST
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Interior tries again to move email to the cloud

The department released a request for information for 11 email and collaboration services in the cloud. The RFI comes after Onix and Google dropped its protest of Interior's award to Softchoice and Microsoft for cloud email in October 2010.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 12:47pm EDT

Interior plans merge for mine regulations office

Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar has launched a process that would merge the department's office for mining reclamation with the larger Bureau of Land Management. Salazar said the move is part of the department's continued push for greater efficiencies.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 09:38am EDT

Cool Jobs: The Biogeographer

Jennifer Krstolic is a biogeographer for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Friday - 10/07/2011, 02:01am EDT
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Interior to start over for cloud email with an RFI

Agency will do market research to see how the cloud market has changed. This decision prompted Onix and Google to drop their lawsuit.

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 07:06pm EDT

Interior ready to put substance behind IT reforms

Initial results from the two major changes to the way the agency manages and applies technology will come to the forefront this fall.
September 29, 2011

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 03:36pm EDT
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