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Mika Cross, Work/Life and Wellness Program Manager, Agriculture Department

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey, in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year, judges have selected four winners. One is Mika Cross, the work-life and wellness program manager at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how she convinced USDA to use telework as a strategic tool. View more about our 2014 Causey Award winners.

Tags: Mika Cross , USDA , agriculture , human resources , work-life balance , Causey Awards , Mike Causey

Monday - 08/04/2014, 03:28pm EDT
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In Depth interviews - May 14

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: Brenda Brockman Smith , CBP , H. Allen Dobbs , Sammies Awards , Tom Vilsack , agriculture , Sharon Pickup , GAO , Mark Cohn , Unisys , Jeff Neel , ICF International , Linda Bilmes

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 01:20am EDT

Will 2012 be the year agencies focus on succession planning?

Pressure is growing on agencies to draft formal succession plans. There's good reason to believe more feds retired in late 2011 than in recent years, although the final count is not yet out.

Tags: workforce , succession planning , agriculture , Interior , VA , John Sepulveda , Pam Malam , management , retirement , William Milton , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 08:39pm EST
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OMB to hold senior officials more accountable for government waste

President Obama will issue an executive order in the next week detailing steps agencies must take to reduce the amount of improper payments. OMB will set up a new online dashboard to track these expenditures, similar to the one for IT projects. Executive order also will implement stricter requirements for contractors to report overpayments.

Tags: management , Peter Orszag , Daniel Werfel , Tom Carper , Patrick Murphy , OMB , HHS , improper payments , Medicare , Recovery audits , CFO , agriculture , Defense , education , DHS , DoT , VA

Wednesday - 11/18/2009, 07:02am EST
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Einstein 2 finding thousands of cyberattacks weekly

The Department of Homeland Security is detecting new patterns of cyberattacks from foreign adversaries -- some targeted at particular agencies and others aimed at the entire U.S. government -- due to to special-purpose intrusion-detection systems that will be widely deployed in federal networks during 2010.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Einstein 2 , DHS , agriculture , State , DOI

Friday - 02/12/2010, 08:38am EST

Agriculture wins gold for green efforts

USDA employs tools such as Energy Savings Performance Contracts, Utility Energy Service Contracts, green power purchase agreements, internal USDA Agency scorecards, corporate energy data management systems, and environmental management systems to meet its goals.

Tags: best practices , tech , going gold winning green , agriculture , John Crew

Thursday - 12/10/2009, 11:20am EST
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Agriculture shares data center consolidation lessons

Shape 'em up or shut 'em down - Department of Agriculture CIO Christopher Smith discusses thinning down your data centers.

Tags: data center consolidation , technology , Christopher Smith , agriculture , In Depth

Friday - 05/06/2011, 04:37pm EDT
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Stink bugs and their impact on Virginia wines, apples and other crops

WTOP's Hank Silverberg reports.

Tags: agriculture , crops , wine , apples , Hank Silverberg

Thursday - 03/31/2011, 01:26pm EDT
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Federal employees freedom of expression being tested

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has dismissed one of its top organic standards experts because he expressed personal opinions on technical matters. Attorney Bill Bransford explains why that may, or may not, be a problem.

Tags: Federal Drive , pay and benefits , ethics , agriculture , National Organic Program , management , Bill Bransford , Shaw Bransford & Roth

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 09:41am EST
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Federal workgroup to meet on bed bug problem

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

Tags: EPA , Federal Bed Bug Workgroup , CDC , USDA , agriculture , DoD , HHS , public health , Bed Bugs , Jolie Lee

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