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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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White House's Sutley sees new greener mindset

Council on Environmental Quality issues new guidance giving agencies instructions to measure greenhouse gas emissions. Council chair Nancy Sutley said the directive includes approaches used inside and out of government. Agencies have until January 2011 to complete an initial baseline inventory.

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 07:09am EDT
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USDA, State easing IT power intake

Agriculture plans to update its second version of its green IT strategy this year. State is implementing power management tools and could save almost $2 million. Both agencies are making headway to change the culture of how IT is used by their respective employees.

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 07:48am EDT
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USDA plans for second version of green IT strategy

USDA plans for second version of green IT strategy, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports.

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 05:07pm EDT
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Bill promotes jointness among national security agencies

Congressmen Skelton and Davis say legislation would apply the lessons learned from Goldwater-Nichols Act to more than 13 agencies to help promote collaboration and understanding of each other's roles. The bill calls for a two-year detail for each senior official to learn how other national security agencies work.

Thursday - 09/30/2010, 07:15pm EDT
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USDA chooses winning apps to make kids healthy

The winners of USDA's Apps for Healthy Kids challenge were announced today. Amanda Eamich, director of web communications at USDA, joined DorobekINSIDER to discuss the motivation behind the contest and give details about the winning apps.

Wednesday - 09/29/2010, 06:24pm EDT
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Naval Postgraduate School wins 'Best Overall Location'

The Naval Postgraduate School is the latest agency to win in our Best of the Federal Government series.

Sunday - 09/19/2010, 07:48pm EDT

FEW grows a relationship with USDA

FEW and USDA build a partnership based on recruitment, training, retention, advancement and involvement of women in USDA's workforce and programs, as well as other areas of mutual interest.

Monday - 09/13/2010, 10:31am EDT
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Vote: Which agency has the best overall location?

Vote today in our Best of the Federal Government series.

Friday - 09/10/2010, 05:09pm EDT

Agencies to challenge citizens for solutions

GSA will unveil the Challenge.gov platform in the next few months where all agency competitions will be posted. Some agencies already are asking experts and employees for help. NASA will run 34 competitions before the end of December.

Wednesday - 09/01/2010, 07:15am EDT
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Update: Sherrod refuses to return to USDA

CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Wednesday - 08/25/2010, 05:03pm EDT
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USDA's broad view of broadband expansion

Grants will be awarded for WiMax, fiber and DSL deployments. Rural Utilities Service Administrator, Jonathan Adelstein, explains.

Thursday - 08/12/2010, 09:31am EDT
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Pentagon has best food/cafeteria in govt.

The votes are in and Federal News Radio listeners and readers have determined that the Pentagon has the best food choices of any agency in the federal government.

Friday - 08/06/2010, 11:06pm EDT

Learn all about USDA's Food and Nutrition Service

This week, host Derrick T. Dortch talks with Kevin W. Concannon, United States Department of Agriculture's Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.
July 23, 2010

Tuesday - 08/03/2010, 11:53am EDT
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