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EPA wants to move mostly to the cloud by 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to move most of its IT enterprise to a cloud environment. The EPA's national computing center is in the process of building a secure hybrid cloud, and it's just awarded a three-year, $15 million contract to build hosting and virtualization services. The award was made under the General Services Administration's Infrastructure as a Service blanket purchase agreement. EPA wants to move 80 percent of its computing environment to the cloud by 2015.

Tags: Cloud First Report , technology , Environmental Protection Agency

Friday - 07/06/2012, 01:42pm EDT

The good old days weren't always so good

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey turns the column over to reader Doc frrom the Energy Department, for today's guest columnist. He's been in the private sector too, and worked overseas for Uncle Sam. And he says the good old days sometimes weren't all that good.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , pay and benefits , Energy ,

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 02:00am EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- May 30

David Berteau of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses a lawsuit on women in combat. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service talks about a job-satisfaction report. Jeremy Herb of The Hill newspaper reviews the latest veterans issues being discussed on Capitol Hill. Mindy Eisenberg of the EPA reveals a new program to help find veterans jobs.

Tags: Federal Drive , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , David Berteau , Center for Strategic & International Studies , Jeremy Herb , The Hill , Mindy Eisenberg , DoD , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 09:23am EDT

Feds' satisfaction with pay dips after two-year freeze

Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service. Although higher-ranking feds were most satisfied with their pay, the highest-ranking feds those at the SES level had the biggest dip in pay satisfaction over the previous year.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , FDIC , NASA , NRC , OPM , GSA , State , SBA , SSA , Education , DoT , Labor , TSA

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 08:00pm EDT

Governmentwide portal to help streamline FOIA management

An office within the National Archives and Records Administration, told a congressional subcommittee a new governmentwide portal could help agencies better manage the hundreds of thousands of Freedom of Information Act requests the government receives each year.

Tags: Commerce , NARA , OGIS , Miriam Nisbet , In Depth , Francis Rose , FOIA , records management

Monday - 03/26/2012, 07:51pm EDT
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Bill will propose combining Energy, EPA into one agency

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is introducing legislation this week to consolidate the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency into a single agency.

Tags: Marsha Blackburn , Richard Burr , Congress , Energy , consolidation , GAO , OMB

Monday - 03/26/2012, 12:57pm EDT

Tool helps agencies cut costs on green gov goals

Agencies have an April 20 deadline to join a renewable energy certificate (REC) solicitation that can help them save money on reaching green goals.

Tags: Randy Manion , Western Area Power Administration , Energy , Tracy Logan , Federal Drive , green government , renewable energy

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:22am EDT
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Regulations.gov overhaul aims to provide better access

Regulations.gov has undergone a makeover. The redesigned website, a repository of the regulations issued by the federal government that allows members of the public to view and comment on them, provides a "new look and feel," said Duncan Brown, the Environmental Protection Agency's branch chief for the eRulemaking Program.

Tags: In Depth , OIRA , regulations , Regulations.gov , Duncan Brown , Francis Rose , eRulemaking

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:23pm EST
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