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Gwinn pushing to understand Farm Service Agency's business needs

Jim Gwinn grew up on a small family farm in West Virginia. Now he's the chief information officer for the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency (FSA).
October 7, 2010

Tags: Farm Service Agency , Jim Gwinn , CIO , Ask the CIO , technology ,

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 01:57pm EDT
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USDA, State easing IT power intake

Agriculture plans to update its second version of its green IT strategy this year. State is implementing power management tools and could save almost $2 million. Both agencies are making headway to change the culture of how IT is used by their respective employees.

Tags: Green government , technology , Chris Smith , Susan Swart , USDA , State , green IT , data center consolidation , power management , GreenGov Symposium , Greening of Government: Technology

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 07:48am EDT
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GSA, Energy going alternative to run its buildings

DoE wants to make all of its roofs white or light color to help reduce the amount of heat buildings absorb. GSA is testing solar panels, geo-thermal and solar chimneys in different buildings around the country. The goal is to help reduce the government's $25 billion annual energy bill.

Tags: Green government , management , Nancy Sutley , Steven Chu , Robert Peck , White House , Council on Environmental Quality , GSA , Energy , Green buildings , GreenGov Symposium , solar panels , Greening of Government: buildings

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 07:30am EDT
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USDA plans for second version of green IT strategy

USDA plans for second version of green IT strategy, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports.

Tags: USDA , technology , Dorobek Insider , Chris Smith , Green Government: technology

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 05:07pm EDT
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The Greening of Government: GSA changing the face of its fleet

The agency purchased more than 9,000 alternative fuel cars in 2010 and plans more in 2011 and beyond. GSA estimates $40 million in savings and the prevention of 340 million pounds of greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere over the next seven years because of the purchases.

Tags: management , Green government , Greening of Government: transportation , Michael Robertson , Tony Hudson , GSA , hybrid cars , fleet management ,

Monday - 10/04/2010, 06:10am EDT
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Survey: Feds unaware of green progress

A Federal News Radio survey of federal employees and contractors found most are optimistic about reducing the government's carbon footprint, but not many believe the efforts are making a difference. About 40 percent of the respondents say President Obama's executive order to reduce energy usage is a lot of talk and not a lot of action, and 73 percent are not familiar with their agency's sustainability plan.

Tags: management , Green government , Barack Obama , White House , survey , Greening of Government: transportation

Monday - 10/04/2010, 06:02am EDT

DHS management improvements start with acquisition

Deputy Secretary Lute told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about how DHS is improving contracting processes. Acquisition is one of three major areas that the department is focusing on to bring integration across all 22 components. Lute said part of her goal is to get off the GAO high-risk list.

Tags: contracting , management , industry , Janet Holl Lute , Daniel Akaka , Cathleen Berrick , DHS , GAO , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , acquisition processes , Quadrennial Homeland Security Review , financial management , management integration ,

Friday - 10/01/2010, 06:58am EDT
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Bill promotes jointness among national security agencies

Congressmen Skelton and Davis say legislation would apply the lessons learned from Goldwater-Nichols Act to more than 13 agencies to help promote collaboration and understanding of each other's roles. The bill calls for a two-year detail for each senior official to learn how other national security agencies work.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Ike Skelton , Geoff Davis , House Armed Services Committee , DoD , State , Treasury , USDA , James Loser , Project on National Security Reform , national security personnel , training , Goldwater-Nichols Act ,

Thursday - 09/30/2010, 07:15pm EDT
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DHS plans to get off high-risk list

Federal News Radio's Jason Miller discusses the Homeland Security Department's plan to get off the government's high-risk list.

Tags: DHS , High-Risk List , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 09/30/2010, 05:01pm EDT
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Industry presses GSA to keep Schedule 75 open

The Coalition for Government Procurement asks the Federal Acquisition Service to reconsider its decision to close the office supplies schedule to new offerors for two year. The association says the decision will hurt small businesses and likely lead to higher prices for the government.

Tags: contracting , Steve Kempf , GSA , Coalition for Government Procurement , Schedule 75 , office supplies , schedules contracting ,

Thursday - 09/30/2010, 11:59am EDT
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