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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

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.

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

Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:40am EDT
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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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Obama's second-in-command at EPA leaves for private sector

Bob Perciasepe was appointed deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009. He will become president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions think tank in Washington, D.C.

Tags: people , Bob Perciasepe

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 03:20pm EDT

EPA union objects to Administrator's call to make firing employees easier

The Environmental Protection Agency's administrator recently mentioned the administrative obstacles of firing employees and suggested Congress change the law. One of the unions representing EPA employees is now responding in a letter that blames management, not employees for agency problems.

Tags: Gina McCarthy , House Oversight Committee , firing , union , AFGE , Dena Levitz

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:12pm EDT

EPA's Norton builds online tools to help public protect watersheds

For two decades, Douglas James Norton, senior environmental scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, has been spearheading projects to help maintain the health of America's rivers, streams and lakes.

Tags: Doug Norton , Sammies , people , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT

Mathy Stanislaus, Environmental Protection Agency

The results are in for the latest Federal Green Challenge. The Environmental Protection Agency names the winners for Overall Achievement and for Improvement in the areas of Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Energy, Water, and Transportation. Mathy Stanislaus is assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the EPA. He explains on In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency thinks the Challenge is important and valuable.

Tags: Mathy Stanislaus , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:51pm EDT
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EPA accused of blocking independent investigations

The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Homeland Security has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, according to a top investigator.

Tags: oversight , Patrick Sullivan

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 10:21pm EDT

Scam targets GSA schedule holders using spoofed federal email addresses

The FBI, and the EPA and GSA IGs have been investigating spear phishing attacks using real federal employee email addresses and stolen credit card numbers to buy toner cartridges online. GSA said scammers so far have targeted employees of the EPA, Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commerce Department's Census Bureau, the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health.

Tags: contracting , industry , GSA , FBI , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Scott Orbach , EZGSA , Rick Vogel , Coast-to-Coast Computer Products , fraud , spear phishing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:06pm EDT
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