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Agencies turn to social media to engage public in an emergency

During Hurricane Sandy, agencies like FEMA and NOAA used various social media platforms to communicate with the public. They were able to dispel rumors and follow the situation on the ground as it unfolded.

Tags: Justin Herman , Federal Drive , technology , SMS message , texting , Facebook , Twitter , social media , Hurricane Sandy , Michael OConnell , Federal Social Media Registry , GSA

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 12:37pm EST
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Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Senate , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Carl Levin , Joe Lieberman , workforce , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

New TSP rules help Hurricane Sandy victims

Under temporary rules issued by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, feds can continue to contribute to their Thrift Savings Plan. FRTIB will waive a rule that prevents contributions for six months after taking a hardship withdrawal.

Tags: TSP , FRTIB , retirement , benefits , Michael OConnell

Friday - 11/23/2012, 12:19pm EST

Export-Import Bank gives while other agencies take

Fred Hochberg, the Export-Import Bank president told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that unlike other agencies, his agency has been able to pay money to the government rather than take money from the government.

Tags: Fred Hochberg , Export-Import Bank , Federal Drive , industry , workforce , management , Michael OConnell , financial management , Treasury

Friday - 11/16/2012, 12:48pm EST
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Air Force report falls short in fighting sexual assaults, victim advocate says

Jennifer Norris, a victim advocate at the Military Rape Crisis Center in Maine, said the Air Force report released Wednesday investigating the widespread scandal at Lackland Air Base made recommendations but didn't address the military culture that allowed the sexual assaults to occur.

Tags: Jennifer Norris , Military Rape Crisis Center , Air Force , DoD , Lackland Air Force base , sexual assaults , Federal Drive , workforce , Michael OConnell , Edward Rice

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 12:11pm EST
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Hurricane Sandy offers Army lesson in social media best practices

The Pentagon's Office of the Chief of Public Affairs is training the military's social media practitioners how to get information out quickly, securely and, most importantly, accurately during emergencies like the recent superstorm that hit the East Coast.

Tags: Hurricane Sandy , social media , Twitter , Facebook , Dale Sweetnam , Army , DoD , technology , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 09:35am EST
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Changes coming to key congressional committees despite status-quo election

Following Tuesday's election, Democrats maintain control of the Senate and Republicans continue to hold sway in the House. Retirements, term limits and a few new lawmakers alter the leadership of some committees.

Tags: Congress , Senate , House , Tom Davis , Election 2012 , Claire McCaskill , Susan Collins , Jim Webb , Tim Kaine , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 07:24am EST

Lockheed Martin, Microsoft migrating EPA workforce to the cloud

EPA's 25,000 email users will be fully migrated to the cloud by early 2013 thanks to collaboration solutions provided by Lockheed Martin and Microsoft.

Tags: Sean Patton , Lockheed Martin , Microsoft , Microsoft 365 , SharePoint , email migration , technology , industry , cybersecurity , Federal Drive , EPA , cloud computing , Michael OConnell , Microsoft Office

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 11:37am EDT
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Water resource infrastructure not adequately funded, report says

A National Research Council report recommended Congress and the White House take a broader view at planning and allocating funds for the resources maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Tags: David Dzombak , National Research Council , water , infrastructure , Army , Army Corps of Engineers , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 12:04pm EDT
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NWS ramps up to track Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy

Steve Cooper, acting deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, his agency added staffing to follow progress of the major East Coast storm.

Tags: Steven Cooper , NWS , NOAA , Hurricane Sandy , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 11:44am EDT
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