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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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Vote: Which agency has the best food/cafeteria?

See which agencies made the cut and vote for your favorite in our poll.

Friday - 07/30/2010, 04:11pm EDT

How long does food last after an outage?

Power outages that last for hours mean you will probably need to throw out a lot of food in your refrigerator and freezer.

Monday - 07/26/2010, 07:03am EDT

Financial systems overhaul on OMB's radar

The Office of Management and Budget is taking aim at approximately 30 agency financial management modernization systems. Part of the new oversight is a Financial Systems Advisory Board made up of CFOs and CIOs across the government. The administration's goals are lower costs and improve performance by addressing long standing project problems.

Monday - 07/12/2010, 06:17am EDT
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Choosing Genetically Engineered Crops

A new USDA report says American farmers continue to choose genetically engineered crops over their conventional counterparts.

A July USDA Economic Research Service report finds the rate of adoption of Genetically Engineered soybeans is up to 93 percent this year; the adoption of all Genetically Engineered cotton climbed to 93 percent; and the adoption of all biotech corn reached 86 percent in 2010. An April report from the National Research Council notes, many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits - such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields. In 2009, 330 million acres of biotech crops were planted in 25 countries by 14 million farmers.

Friday - 07/09/2010, 11:54am EDT

Alboum gets moving with technology to help solve problems at the Food and Nutrition Service

This week's guest is Jonathan Alboum, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service.
July 8, 2010

Wednesday - 07/07/2010, 02:36pm EDT
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Indiscretions spur organic changes

The New York Times reports that the Agriculture Department has banned a leading American inspector of organic foods in China for conflicts of interest.

Monday - 06/21/2010, 10:40am EDT
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GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations

A recent GAO report looked at agencies' policies for choosing the locations of conferences and found that cost was the number one factor when it came to planning. Details from GAO's Lorelei St. James.

Monday - 06/14/2010, 11:33am EDT
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