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Hubert Sparks reflects on four decades of auditing agencies

Appalachian Regional Commission Inspector General Hubert Sparks has tried to retire twice, but keeps coming back to government. After 43 years, this will be his last, Sparks said.

Monday - 01/09/2012, 09:12am EST
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Recovery Act spending exceeds CBO's estimates

Actual spending of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds between February 2009 and September 2011 exceeded Congressional Budget Office estimates by $20 billion or about 4 percent, according to a post on the CBO Director's blog.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 08:59am 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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USDA saves $800 million in improper payments from being made

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon says that his department has cut improper payments from 10 percent to less than 4 percent from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Tuesday - 12/27/2011, 10:32am EST
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DLA helps Navy power ships on algae, cooking oil

Bruce Blank, the energy director of the DLA's bulk petroleum business unit, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the procurement process of a new biofuel contract with the Navy.

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 05:30pm EST
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USDA yanks Christmas tree fees after criticism

The White House said Wednesday it was reversing its decision to approve an industry-sponsored Christmas tree promotion program after conservatives accused the Agriculture Department of spoiling Christmas with a new tree tax.

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 06:08pm EST

Agriculture appropriations first to go to conference committee

The conference committee is the first step in reconciling the House version of the appropriations bill with the Senate's.

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 09:45am EDT

USDA CIO works behind scenes to make conference happen

USDA CIO Chris Smith, who co-chaired the conference planning committee, provided a behind- the-scenes look at how the conference is planned and the top priorities for his agency in 2012.

Monday - 10/24/2011, 08:17am EDT
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Agencies begin to alter approach to IT system development

Several departments are starting to understand that buying and creating technology systems can be done in small, iterative steps. OMB's push for agile development seems to be taking hold across the government.

Monday - 10/17/2011, 06:01am EDT
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USDA makes advances in telework program

The number of teleworkers at the Department of Agriculture has swelled to more than 58,000 - up from just 16,000 a year ago.

Monday - 10/10/2011, 05:26pm EDT

New IT helps USDA's Risk Management Agency survive data deluge

A record year for insurance crop claims pushes RMA's systems to the brink. Chad Sheridan, RMA's CIO, said recent modernization efforts kept the agency's systems processing and paying claims.
October 6,2011

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 08:16pm EDT
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Top 10 agencies with telework issues

How does your agency compare to others when it comes to allowing employees to telework? The latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey gives some insight.

Sunday - 10/02/2011, 08:55pm EDT

Navy, USDA, DoE want new biofuels technology

The Agriculture Department, the Energy Department and the Navy are turning to industry to try to leverage advanced technologies to produce a new generation of biofuels. A request for information they just issued says the private sector would have to match any federal funds the agencies spend. The three departments are willing to spend up to 500 million dollars to jumpstart an industry to produce fuels that could serve as drop-in replacements for jet fuel and diesel. The Navy is aiming to get half its energy from alternative sources by the year 2020.

Monday - 09/19/2011, 03:58pm EDT

Using moblile apps to help your agency reach its goals

Host John Gilroy is joined by Kim Taylor, director of web services at the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and Kevin Paschuck, public sector vice president for RightNow Technologies. They will talk about a new app being used at FSIS.
September 13, 2011

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 09:00pm EDT
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PROMISES, PROMISES: Food anti-terror plans costly

One of the deepest fears sweeping a shattered nation following the Sept. 11 attacks was that terrorists might poison the country's food.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 06:40pm EDT

Telework could save Ca. $1.5B annually

California's budget woes could be helped by an increase in the use of telework by state employees, according to a new report from the Telework Research Network.

Monday - 09/05/2011, 04:51pm EDT

Navy, USDA, DoE issue big biofuels RFI

The Departments of the Navy, Agriculture and Energy are asking industry how best to spend $510 million on the future of biofuels. They are leaning on a 1950 law that lets the government pour cash into defense-critical industries.

Wednesday - 08/31/2011, 05:22am EDT
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USDA announces $103M to expand broadband

Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to those areas of rural America that haven't been reached by the high-speed service or are underserved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

Monday - 08/22/2011, 03:32pm EDT

Deadline today for government-industry IT leadership program

Rory Schultz, the chief technology officer of the Food and Nutrition Service at the Agriculture Department and government chair of the ACT-IAC joined the Federal Drive to discuss how the group's Voyagers program works, which connects IT workers in government and industry.

Friday - 08/05/2011, 09:20am EDT
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GSA finishes cloud email migration

The General Services Administration has become the first federal agency to move its entire workforce to a cloud-based email product. GSA said it moved all 17,000 of its users all at one time, but it couldn't have pulled off the transition without months of planning, training and preparation.

Thursday - 07/28/2011, 06:09am EDT
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