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Department of Energy News

OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm EST

FERC works on FISMA compliance

Sanjay Sardar, FERC's CIO, joined to discuss the agency's FISMA stance.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 06:22pm EST
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Obama commits to $2B in energy upgrades to federal buildings

Agencies must look for projects to enter into Energy Savings Performance Contracts over the next two years. The effort will cost the government no upfront money. The contractors pay for the energy efficiencies and get paid by the utility savings the department receives. The Army, the Air Force and GSA already are using these contracts.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 05:28am EST
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Savannah River making up for lost IT time

Phil Cirrulli, the chief information officer for the managing and operations contractor for the site, is improving the national lab's infrastructure to support widespread wireless access. He also is shutting down legacy mainframe systems after implementing a new ERP system.
December 1, 2011

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 10:31pm EST
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Obama fills key posts in State, Energy

President Obama said he intends to nominate key posts in the departments of State and Energy, according to a White House release.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:35am EST

Top GOP aide for House panel has ties to Solyndra

The top GOP aide to a House committee investigating Solyndra Inc. once worked for a lobbying firm that helped the now-bankrupt solar company apply for a half-billion-dollar federal loan.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 06:42pm EST

Energy lab's move to Google apps allows flexibility, scalability

Brent Stacey is chief information officer and information management director at the Idaho National Lab.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 06:34pm EST
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Facing cuts, Energy IG recommends sweeping changes

Facing likely budget cuts, the Energy Department's inspector general, Gregory Friedman, has issued a slew of recommendations, including cutting redundant staff, appointing a BRAC-like commission to study the department's facilities and federalizing the contractors that secure those facilities.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 09:55am EST

Did White House consider ousting Chu at Energy?

Top officials at the White House circulated a plan calling for the ouster of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other top Energy Department officials as the administration braced for a political storm brewing over the failing solar energy company Solyndra

Friday - 11/11/2011, 08:40pm EST

With improved cybersecurity, Los Alamos moves to cloud, wireless

Tom Harper, the lab's CIO, said the national laboratory created an infrastructure-on-demand platform for easy provisioning of cloud services. He said Los Alamos also introduced WiFi earlier this year for access to its unclassified network.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 05:10pm EDT
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New Energy program helps agencies meet efficiency goals

Tim Unruh, program manager at the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program, shared tips on how agencies can become more energy efficient.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 03:17pm EDT
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Correction: Nuke Bomb-Disassembly story

In an Oct. 15 story about nuclear weapons, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II was 1.5 kilotons. It was 15 kilotons.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 01:35pm EDT

Energy hit with $2M bill after four cyber attacks

Recent cyber attacks have left the Energy Department with a $2 million bill.

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 05:27pm EDT

Unisys wins Energy contract for cloud e-mail transition

The Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory awarded a contract to Unisys Corporation to transition 5,000 users to Google's cloud-based email.

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 12:24pm EDT

GAO studies alternative uses for Yucca Mountain

Frank Rusco, the director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at GAO, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss a recent GAO report.

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 10:11am EDT
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DoD almost ready to hand out $30M in clean energy grants

The Pentagon will soon announce winners of its latest round of grant funding to try out new energy technologies at its U.S. bases. The response from industry and other government agencies has been overwhelming, officials said.

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:34am EDT
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Clean energy loan program director leaving Obama admin

The head of the Energy Department's embattled clean energy loan program is leaving in what officials called a planned departure.

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 06:23pm EDT

Program Analysis and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Jay Hoffman is the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Monday - 09/26/2011, 01:33pm EDT
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Energy's Solar Decathlon features green homes

This might not be the best weekend for it weather-wise, but the Energy Department's solar decathlon is running on the Mall this weekend.

Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:02pm EDT
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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
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