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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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Exclusive: Agencies detail buyout, hiring freeze plans

In a governmentwide survey, agencies reported that they were not seeking buyouts through OPM or hiring freezes

Monday - 07/25/2011, 05:18pm EDT

Data center consolidation ahead of schedule

Agencies have stepped up the pace of their data center consolidation efforts, leading to predicted data center closures numbering well above what the Office of Management and Budget predicted earlier this year.

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 06:47am EDT
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Developing a well prepared workforce

Participants in the USDA's E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program join host Derrick Dortch to talk about about the organization's mission and its goals.
July 8, 2011 (Encore presentation September 2, 2011)

Friday - 07/08/2011, 10:41pm EDT
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Tuesday Federal Newscast - July 5, 2011

The latest news affecting federal workers and government contractors. Find out what you need to know to start your day.

Tuesday - 07/05/2011, 08:45am EDT

GAO: How to better implement new projects

Lisa Shames is director of natural resources and environment at the Government Accountability Office and shares tips for your agency.

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 03:54pm EDT
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House cuts FDA budget by 12 percent

The House voted on a spending bill that will slash the Food and Drug Administration's budget by nearly 12 percent.

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 07:22pm EDT

Rural smart grid is a big bucket

With funding from USDA Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service (RUS), rural electric cooperatives are leading the way in smart grid deployments. We get details from USDA's Jessica Zufolo.

Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 09:31am EDT
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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
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