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White House challenge puts the quest to go green in feds' hands

The government wants to go green and it's soliciting employee suggestions to help do it. It's a top-to-bottom effort though, as federal agencies also released their annual sustainability plans and the President announced a new GreenGov Symposium.

Tags: environment , CEQ , GreenGov initiative , GreenGov Challenge , GreenGov Symposium , sustainability , GSA , CDC , GreenGov Presidential Awards , cross-agency priority goals , workforce , Matt Wingfield , VA , HUD , green government

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:22pm EST

IGs accuse agencies of stonewalling

Agencies are creating roadblocks for auditors, three inspectors general told Congress. The IGs cited specific examples at the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Safety Board and the Justice Department.

Tags: oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , IG , Justice Department , Peace Corps , Chemical Safety Board

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 12:36pm EDT

What is happening to the EPA's data stored in the cloud?

The Environmental Protection Agency can't keep track of the data it stores in the cloud. EPA's Inspector General says it a subcontractor for a water permit system was using a cloud system to run its share of the operation, but neither the agency nor the prime contractor was aware of it. Albert Schmidt is an IT auditor of Information Resources Management and audits for the EPA's Inspector General. He says this type of cybersecurity problem isn't entirely the agency's fault.

Tags: Albert Schmidt , cloud , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 11:29am EDT

Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

A subcontractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency is using a cloud system to store and analyze data for the agency. But EPA's Inspector General says that's a big problem because the agency had no idea the company's in the cloud. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reported the story on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Sean McCalley , In Depth ,

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Ramona Trovato, Environmental Protection Agency

Ramona Trovato helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on children. She is the associate assistant administrator for Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency and a finalist in the Career Achievement category of this year's Service to America Medals. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she changed the EPA's approach to pollution. Read a Q&A with Trovato.

Tags: Ramona Trovato , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Trovato's efforts lead to new policies at EPA, healthier schools

E. Ramona Trovato has been an agent of change at the Environmental Protection Agency when it comes to health policy in terms of the impact of pollutants on children.

Tags: E. Ramona Trovato , health policy , Sammies , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 06:16pm EDT

EPA Administrator McCarthy defends statement about firing feds

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is clarifying remarks she made on simplifying the federal firing process. The clarification comes after the American Federation of Government Employees challenged a statement she made in her recent testimony before Congress.

Tags: AFGE , Karen Kellen , Gina McCarthy , workforce , firing , poor performance

Monday - 08/11/2014, 01:52pm EDT

IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Tags: oversight , Congress , Justice , Peace Corps , Charles Grassley , management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

GSA pushing agencies to reuse, recycle electronics

The General Services Administration plans to have draft governmentwide policies for reusing and recycling used electronics by the end of this fiscal year. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability official for GSA, announced the agency's efforts at the release of the updated national strategy for sustainable electronics.

Tags: GSA , USPS , DoD , Peace Corps , technology , environment , management , sustainability , Kevin Kampschroer

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:27pm EDT
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EPA unsure on cloud contracts

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the dark with its cloud contracts. EPA's Inspector General says the agency doesn't know how many cloud contracts it has, nor how secure they are. For an investigation, the IG chose a contract that met the definition of a cloud system. But the EPA didn't report it as a cloud contract because it didn't have "cloud" in the description. The agency's also using a sub-contractor that's not compliant with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. The IG says the company might not have the capability to access its cloud system hardware so the office can investigate. The EPA didn't even know it was buying a cloud system at the very start of the contracting process. The IG says the agency wasn't aware cloud computing was part of the system it was procuring.

Tags: cloud , FedRAMP , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 10:45am EDT
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