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Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation Management, U.S. Forest Service

The Forest Service is bracing for a bad wildfire season. Drought and warm weather are a recipe for disaster. But that's not the agency's only issue. Last year it ran out of money to fight fires. It's hampered by old equipment, and replacements seem hard to come by. Tom Harbour, the Forest Service's director of Fire and Aviation Management, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what preventative measures the service is taking.

Tags: Tom Harbour , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 10:30am EDT
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Budget cuts cause shortage of funds to fight wildfires

Only $50 million remain for the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires. The agency is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap. Sequestration forced cuts of 500 firefighters and 50 engines.

Tags: firefighting , budget , USDA

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 04:35pm EDT

Forest Service to states: Give subsidies back

The U.S. Forest Service is demanding that states give back $17.9 million in federal subsidies, saying the taxpayer cash is subject to automatic spending cuts called "sequestration."

Tags: sequestration

Friday - 05/03/2013, 08:37am EDT

USDA's Forest Service taking different approach to mobility

Doug Nash, the Forest Service's CIO, said he sees great promise in using a PC-on-a-stick to let employees securely connect back to the network, save data from the field and do work from anywhere. Forest Service will release a mobile strategy and architecture in the coming weeks.
February 21, 2013

Tags: technology , Doug Nash , USDA , cloud computing , mobile computing , BYOD , enterprisewide services , operational efficiences , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 02/19/2013, 08:49pm EST
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Feds file discrimination complaint against Forest Service

Multiple current and former Forest Service employees say they've faced sexual harassment and physical assault while on the job, and some have lost their positions for speaking up. Now, they are fighting back by filing a class action EEOC complaint for unfair treatment. The Agriculture Department, the parent agency of the Forest Service, says it is tackling a history of discrimination with more training and accountability as part of a cultural transformation program.

Tags: USDA , Joe Leonard , Elaine Vercruysse , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Jonel Wagoner , Alicia Dabney , Lesa Donnelly , USDA Coalition of Minority Employees , EEOC , civil rights , discrimination , Jolie Lee , workforce , exclusive

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:00am EST
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Federal Drive interviews - Nov. 16

Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg explains why his agency had a banner year, with a record number of transactions in fiscal 2012. And a professor at the Wharton School describes how private insurance companies are making money off the National Flood Insurance Program but taxpayers are likely to pick up the slack when claims surpass premiums.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD , cybersecurity , technology , Howard Kunreuther , Wharton , Jamie Barnett , Potomac Institute , Fred Hochberg , Export Import Bank , Carl Davis , USDA

Friday - 11/16/2012, 09:47am EST

OMB to expand permit-tracking initiative

President Obama told the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Tuesday the administration would create performance metrics, track progress and adapt best practices for reducing the red tape for businesses.

Tags: technology , mangement , Barack Obama , White House , OMB , permitting dashboard , Jeffrey Zients , Interior Department , BLM , USDA , Council on Jobs and Competitiveness , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 07:55pm EST

Award nominee discusses SAVEing money when it comes to the national forests

Julie Fosbender is a Recreation Manager at the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia and one of four finalists for the SAVE Awards.

Tags: management , OMB , SAVE award , best practices , Julie Fosbender

Wednesday - 12/09/2009, 03:22pm EST
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