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Doug Norton, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. As a senior scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, Doug Norton has led projects to protect the nation's waterways for more than two decades. His colleagues call him a can-do person who uses the latest technology to communicate with environmental officials and the public. Now, he is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the importance of the public understanding the local waterways. Read a related story.

Tags: Doug Norton , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:39am EDT

Professional liability insurance and more

Host Mike Causey will talk professional liability insurance with attorneys John P. Mahoney and David Cavanaugh. Later Andy Medici will discuss potential buyouts at the Social Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
February 5, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , liability insurance , John P. Mahoney , David Cavanaugh , Tully Rinckey , Fed Guard , Andy Medici , Federal Times , buyouts , Social Security Administration , US Postal Service , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 08:40pm EST

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 , EPA , Technology ,

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

What to do about the growing bedbug problem

Every other day, it seems, there's another report on TV about the rising epidemic of bedbugs.

Tags: bedbugs , WTOP Talkback , EPA , Nathan Hager

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 07:35pm EDT

Feds fail to fork over millions in fees

The federal government, which owns nearly 20 percent of D.C., refuses to pay a new fee to clean up stormwater runoff, one that came about in response to unfunded EPA mandates.

Tags: WASA , Mark Segraves , Water and Sewer Authority , National Association of Clean Water Agencies , Nathan Gardner-Andrews , Impervious Area Charge , Treasury Department , water bills , EPA , George Hawkins , Susan Poling , stormwater discharge , stormwater runoff , Potomac River , Anacostia River , Chesapeake Bay

Monday - 04/26/2010, 08:18pm EDT

Chesapeake Bay problems still persist

Activism about cleaning up the environment since the first Earth Day has diminished, says one noted bay expert.

Tags: Chesapeake Bay , Chesapeake Bay Foundation , Chesapeake Bay Program , Clean Water Act , Kent Mountford , Earth Day , EPA , Tom Horton , Pollution , population growth , urbanization , development

Wednesday - 04/21/2010, 02:00am EDT

EPA: Md. fertilizer law to help bay cleanup

A federal Environmental Protection Agency official says a new Maryland law limiting lawn fertilizer use will help the state meet its Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.

Tags: Chesapeake Bay , nitrogen , phosphorous , Martin O'Malley , Shawn Garvin ,

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 02:35pm EDT

Md. approves use of deer birth control

Maryland has become the first state to approve the use of Gonacon, a deer birth control product, but the state's director of wildlife said Friday he can't imagine it ever being used in what he termed the open landscape.

Tags: deer , Gonacon , Deer birth control , Paul Peditto , Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service , U.S. Department of Agriculture ,

Sunday - 05/15/2011, 07:01am EDT

Report: Water in D.C., Bethesda contains dangerous chemical

A report from the Environmental Working Group is raising eyebrows in homes across the region.

Tags: Environmental Working Group , D.C. Water and Sewer Authority , Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission , hexavalent chromium , chromium-6 , Jane Houlihan , Hank Silverberg

Monday - 12/20/2010, 05:07pm EST
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