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Federal agencies strategize to fight bed bugs

Federal agencies are collaborating to fight bed bug infestations with common-sense practices.

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 06:46pm EST
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Cloud, cloud, everywhere there’s cloud

Wow. So much news about cloud, so little time. Good thing we have this blog, right? Federal News Radio was busy covering news about cloud computing this week. We"ve gathered all of those stories here for easy access. Army weeks away from enterprise e-mail rollout The Army will begin migrating employees to its new cloud-based [...]

Sunday - 01/30/2011, 04:45pm EST

Behind the USDA cloud

Are you moving to the cloud? Tune in for an interview with the USDA's Jim Stevens as he discusses his agency's cloud options.
January 25, 2011

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 05:08pm EST
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Google wins stay of Interior award to Microsoft for cloud

The Court of Federal Claims rules that Interior violated law and federal regulations in awarding a sole source contract to Microsoft for e-mail and collaboration services in the cloud. This the latest episode in an ongoing battle between the two software giants to provide cloud services to agencies.

Thursday - 01/06/2011, 07:09am EST

Microsoft to host cloud services for USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture now has a blooming relationship with Microsoft. Earlier this month, Microsoft and the USDA reached an agreement to have Microsoft host email for as many as 120,000 employees. The company will also manage the USDA’s software and networks, as part of the agreement. USDA employees currently use 21 different email [...]

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 06:02pm EST

Reaction to OMB 25-point IT reform plan

Former USDA CIO Anne Reed responds to OMB's plan to reform IT management.

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 04:33pm EST
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Great week for Microsoft’s cloud services

Two good pieces of news for Microsoft on the cloud computing front. Microsoft has received its FISMA certification. Microsoft CTO Susie Adams said in a company blog post, "Adding FISMA to our existing list of accreditations provides even greater transparency into our security processes and further reinforces our commitment to providing secure cloud computing options [...]

Sunday - 12/12/2010, 05:36pm EST

Federal workgroup to meet on bed bug problem

The Federal Bed Bug Workgroup meets in February for its second summit.

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 02:25pm EST

OMB course corrects 16 IT projects

The administration said its review of 16 of the 26 high-risk technology programs led to one termination, eight programs are scaled back and seven projects have accelerated delivery timetables. OMB said agencies saved or avoided spending $1.3 billion over the life of these 16 projects.

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 07:41am EST
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USDA ready to move e-mail to Microsoft cloud

The Agriculture Department would be the second major agency to announce it's taking critical functions to the commercial cloud.

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 06:49pm EST

Agriculture Dept. planting new collaboration tool

The USDA is moving some of its collaboration tools -- including email and document sharing -- to a new cloud infrastructure.

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 06:00am EST

How Benefits.gov uses the cloud to its advantage

Many federal agencies are contemplating the use of the cloud. But Benefits.gov has already made the jump according to program manager Curtis Turner. Part of the reason " to reduce costs on equipment maintenance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the Labor Department with the hosting environment for the site. "Part of their mission is [...]

Monday - 11/29/2010, 08:38pm EST
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Federal workgroup forms to take a bite out of bedbugs

Federal offices face a public health scourge spreading across the nation: bedbugs. Five agencies have joined forces to form the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, which works to educate on and control the spread of bed bugs. The EPA's director of Office of Pesticide Programs tells us about findings of the first National Bed Bug Summit.

Monday - 11/29/2010, 10:08am EST
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AFFIRM panel: How to stay innovative

The AFFIRM panel discusses how to stay innovative.

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 03:57pm EST
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USDA fights hunger and food insecurity

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced 27 awards today to local organizations to build community food systems and fight hunger and food insecurity. USDA's Liz Tuckermanty tells Federal News Radio about how they create food security for millions of people.

Wednesday - 11/10/2010, 10:41am EST
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USDA/FAA Support Production of Biofuels

The Federal Aviation Administration is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop alternatives to jet fuel.

The agencies will examine the availability of different kinds of feedstocks that could be processed by bio-refineries. Officials say, the development and deployment of alternative fuels is critical to achieving carbon neutral aviation growth by the year 2020.

As part of the effort, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the implementation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (or BCAP). That program reimburses farmers or other producers for the cost of planting and producing eligible renewable biomass crops - up to 75 percent - within specified areas.

To further stabilize the cost of jet fuel, the agencies have also entered a five year agreement to develop aviation fuel from forest and crop residues and other "green" feedstocks.

Monday - 11/01/2010, 07:39pm EDT

Federal telework mindset is shifting

The ability to telework is subtly moving from "want to" to "have to."

Monday - 10/18/2010, 05:30pm EDT

USDA building closed Tuesday due to fire

USDA building in Riverdale closed Tuesday due to fire.

Monday - 10/11/2010, 07:58pm EDT

Countdown: Defense finance mess; Feds retiring quicker

This week's three most important Federal news stories, as chosen by Agilex's Bob Otto, and Washington Post "Federal Eye" Ed O'Keefe.

Friday - 10/08/2010, 03:33pm EDT
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Rise of Social Media in the federal government

This week on FEDtalk, host Debra Roth discusses how the federal government is currently using social media and how that use will expand. Guests include Andrew Krzmarzick of GovLoop and Amanda Eamich of the USDA.
October 8, 2010.

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 03:26pm EDT
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