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Small business contracting goal remains elusive

The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities with small business, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to share best practices. Yet the federal government on a whole has continued to miss its 23 percent small business contracting goal. Federal News Radio examines this issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: SBA , John Shoraka , OFPP , Joe Jordan , acquisition , contracting , set-asides , Mauricio Vera , USAID , Jeanette Brown , small business , Obama Impact , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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AFGE files unfair labor practice against EPA for firing scientists

A federal union claims the Environmental Protection Agency fired two scientists for trying to organize a union at the EPA's National Exposure Research Lab in Athens, Ga.

Tags: AFGE , workforce , Everett Kelley , Charles Orzehoskie , Federal Labor Relations Authority

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 04:09pm EDT

EPA cyber breach exposes 8,000 accounts

The Social Security numbers and bank routing numbers of about 8,000 accounts were exposed in a cyber breach of an Environmental Protection Agency database.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , breach

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 02:14pm EDT

GAO: Special hiring authority not a free pass

A Government Accountability Office report found the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency need to do a better job managing their employees under Title 42.

Tags: GAO , HHS , NIH , CDC , FDA , Frances Collins , hiring , ethics , oversight , Esther Carey

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:11am EDT

EPA fixes security classification shortcomings

An inspector general report found the Environmental Protection Agency's national security information infrastructure needed improvement in light of a 2009 executive order. The report called for more comprehensive information security guidelines and better regulation of employees' security clearances.

Tags: national security , security clearances , oversight , National Security Information

Monday - 07/09/2012, 08:28pm EDT

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
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