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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

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
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