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OMB teeing up financial, HR systems for the cloud

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said there are more than 1,000 of these back-office systems and moving them to private cloud providers could save billions. Several agencies, including Labor and EEOC, already have moved their financial systems to a private cloud. Kundra envisions an interagency effort similar to the one for email where agencies commit to using a governmentwide contract for these services.

Friday - 06/10/2011, 08:01am EDT
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Considering a buyout? Think before you act

Bill Bransford is a partner at the law firm, Shaw, Bransford & Roth. He joins the Federal Drive with information on the legal rights of employees who may feel targeted to accept buyouts.

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 09:41am EDT
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USDA grows quick wins in records management

USDA's Rodger Matthews discusses records management of social media, balancing open access with security requirements, and quick wins that federal agencies can do to improve their programs.

Wednesday - 06/08/2011, 10:41am EDT
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95 percent of all new contracts must be green

FAR Council issues an interim rule to change the acquisition regulations. Agencies and contractors must start meeting new requirements for goods and services.

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 03:39pm EDT

USDA announces first cabinet-level buyouts

The Agriculture Department is the first cabinet-level operation to offer early retirement and buyouts to employees. And it won't be the last. So what are your odds of getting an offer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has the exclusive.

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 04:00am EDT

Improper payment oversight improves

Obama administration officials told Congress agencies are taking a more aggressive stance than ever in their efforts to cut improper payments. The White House has set a goal of reducing such payments by $50 billion by next fiscal year.

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:53am EDT
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Acquisition feds recalled from retirement

Agencies asked 125 annuitants for help last year with Army leading the way, bringing 44 retired federal workers back to help with acquisition processes.

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 11:28am EDT

Study: USDA still plagued by civil rights problems

Despite acknowledging a legacy of discrimination, the Agriculture Department is still plagued by civil rights problems that have in the past led to unequal treatment of minorities seeking loans and other help, according to a government-commissioned report Wednesday.

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 05:36pm EDT

DoD, USDA partner to help military families

Brent Elrod, the national program leader of military and veterans programs at USDA, talked to Federal News Radio about some of the programs that will be offered through the initiative.

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 11:38am EDT
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GSA to boost cloud computing with new RFP

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra expects GSA to issue a solicitation by May 10 for a $2.5 billion contract for email-as-a-service. It's part of how the administration wants agencies to move to cloud computing. Kundra said five of seven short-term IT reforms efforts are on track.

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 08:01am EDT
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GPO names new CIO

The Government Printing Office has named Charles Riddle as the new chief information officer. Riddle brings a background in information technology and most recently worked at the Agriculture Department.

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 12:26pm EDT

CBP stopping bugs at the border

Moths, snails, longhorn beetles, leafhoppers, miner flies and mites have been stopped at the border - before they could do damage. We get details from the CBP's Linda Cullen.

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 09:31am EDT
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Cloud-first policy, cloud security top of mind for feds

Federal News Radio covered two big stories this week on cloud computing. Check them out! Cloud computing e-discovery risks a concern Federal lawyers and record managers are watching closely how the General Services Administration, the Agriculture Department and others move their email and collaboration services to private sector cloud computing providers. Federal News Radio’s Jason [...]

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 05:19pm EDT

Kundra: Agencies on path for transition to cloud

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra says agencies are on track to move to the cloud and framed his ideas for where he wants government to go in the future.

Monday - 04/11/2011, 06:25pm EDT
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USDA telework apps allow farmers to be out standing in their field

One federal agency is working on apps so stakeholders can telework along side employees.

Monday - 04/04/2011, 04:00am EDT

USDA working to fight stink bug infestation

Last year: stinky. This year: even stinkier in terms of stink bug infestations. They USDA's Tracy Leskey tells us about the latest research, and hope for beating the bugs.

Thursday - 03/31/2011, 09:31am EDT
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Excellence.gov Awards: USDA' s online self service replaces paper apps

The USDA in Idaho receives more than 17,000 paper applications for white water river permits. Processing those applications is costly and time consuming. So the agency set up an online self service system where applicants have 24/7 access.

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 06:29pm EDT
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Agencies fall short in reporting spending data

A House committee held a discussion on openness in government and addressed the errors made in reporting data related to spending.

Monday - 03/14/2011, 07:02am EDT
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Interactive statistical map bonds agencies together

John Cromartie of the USDA joined Tom Temin and Amy Morris on The Federal Drive

Monday - 02/28/2011, 02:03pm EST
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OMB turns up oversight heat with cyberstat

The administration's IT agenda for fiscal 2012 will include new tools to combat cyber threats as well as major overhauls to how agencies manage their systems. Agency CIOs say agility will be important moving forward.

Monday - 02/28/2011, 06:58am EST
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