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NASA listens as Voyager One nears edge of interstellar space

Launched in 1977, the Voyager One space probe is approaching the heliosphere, the large bubble created by the sun, on a journey to a faraway constellation. Ed Stone has been the chief scientist of the Voyager program since its inception in 1972. He and other NASA scientists have been tracking Voyager for 34 years, listening to his transmissions and analyzing its scientific discoveries.

Tags: NASA , Ed Stone , Federal Drive , technology , Michael OConnell

Friday - 12/30/2011, 10:09am EST
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Three-sided equipping strategy may mean savings for Army

In a break from the Cold War mass-mobilization model, the Army is considering the Army Force Generation, or ARFOGEN, model as a way to find efficiency and savings in the equipping process.

Tags: Christopher Pernin , RAND Corporation , ARFOGEN , Army , DoD , Iraq and Afghanistan , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 12:07pm EST
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Tighe follows Devaney as Recovery Board chair

Kathleen S. Tighe, the inspector general of the Department of education, will succeed Earl Devaney as chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. She will oversee the board's final 21 months, as Recovery process winds down.

Tags: Kathleen Tighe , Earl Devaney , Joseph Biden , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Recovery.gov , Recovery Act , Department of Education , Department of Justice , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/26/2011, 10:10am EST

USDA saves $800 million in improper payments from being made

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon says that his department has cut improper payments from 10 percent to less than 4 percent from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Tags: USDA , Kevin Concannon , fraud , SNAP , Federal Drive , food stamps , Ruben Gomez , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 12/27/2011, 10:32am EST
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Managers still find barriers to interagency collaboration

Managers who responded to a recent survey worry that too many barriers, such as politics and ineffective communication, threaten the ability of interagency collaboration to help their agencies achieve mission success. But there are signs that agencies are trying to overcome the challenges in the face of increased budget pressure.

Tags: interagency collaboration , smart power , management , best practices , Cheryl Steele , Booz Allen Hamilton , Government Business Council , Ruben Gomez , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 07:21pm EST
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Sunlight reviews open government directive

John Wonderlich of the Sunlight Foundation talks about his organization's review of the Open Government Directive. How well have agencies complied with mandate?

Tags: John Wonderich , Sunlight Foundation , open government , HHS , NASA , Department of Transportation , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , government 2.0

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 12:52pm EST
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Sen. Cardin hopeful omnibus will pass by deadline

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin said most of the issues have been resolved between Democrats and Republicans concerning the omnibus bill that will fund agencies through the 2012 fiscal year. However, policy riders introduced by the House GOP may still derail the legislation.

Tags: Ben Cardin , omnibus , budget , appropriations , Congress , Senate , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 10:27am EST
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Cyber information-sharing bill passes House intel committee

A bill to let spy agencies share intelligence on cyber threats with private companies was backed by a House of Representatives intelligence panel.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , intelligence , DoD , Mike Rogers , Dutch Ruppersberger , NSA , Michael OConnell

Friday - 12/02/2011, 08:36am EST
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OPM rolls out changes to snow policy

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry announced a new set of dismissal and closure notifications for federal employees. The meat of the changes allow for staggered early departure with a final departure time, immediate departure and shelter-in-place.

Tags: John Berry , OPM , snow , snow policy , Emily Kopp , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 01:03pm EST
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Omnibus lumbers forward despite potential political pitfalls

Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper calls Senate Majority Leader Reid's omnibus package as "only way to get these appropriations bills passed."

Tags: Alexander Bolton , Harry Reid , John Boehner , Congress , House , Senate , budget , appropriations , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 11:27am EST
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