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Department of Energy News

Energy aims to improve security of electric grid

Energy Department wants to develop a cybersecurity maturity model grid operators can measure themselves against.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 08:51am EST

Kane named 'CHCO of the Year' for online training, performance evaluation work

The Energy Department is one of six agencies testing a framework aimed at revamping one of the thorniest issues in government: how supervisors evaluate employees. Chief Human Capital Officer Mike Kane led a working group of more than 100 union, management and government representatives who drafted the framework. He earned the "Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year" award from the CHCO Council.

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 07:21pm EST
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GAO: Green building projects lack performance measures

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.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 10:24am EST
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Top GOP policy issues at a glance

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.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 02:42am EST

IGs push for greater whistleblower protections for contractors

Whistleblowers at government contractors need better protections against reprisal and need to know how to contact agency inspectors general. Two IGs and a whistleblower awaiting trial were among the witnesses at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. It is considering legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to all contractors, subcontractors and local governments receiving federal funds.

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 04:26pm EST
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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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