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GAO Report: Feds to exceed costs for cleaning up nuke waste

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

Tags: GAO , Los Alamos National Lab

Monday - 03/23/2015, 10:00pm EDT

Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, National Nuclear Security Administration

Grants worth $25 million over five years will offer students at minority centered schools access to cybersecurity education. Provided by the Energy Department, the program will create a new cybersecurity consortium consisting of 13 historically black colleges and universities. It's designed to adapt as workforce needs evolve. Doctor Dimitri Kusnezov is chief scientist and director of the Office of Science and Policy at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the grant.

Tags: Dimitri Kusnezov , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , National Nuclear Security Administration

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:59am EST
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David Trimble, Director of Natural Resources, GAO

The National Nuclear Security Administration has a guide for predicting how much its large projects will cost. But the agency's project managers don't know it exists, and it's not entirely their fault. That's according to David Trimble -- he's Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he suggested ways to improve NNSA's cost estimation process.

Tags: David Trimble , GAO , In Depth ,

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:32pm EST
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Cloud computing may help in nuclear radiation disaster response

Cloud computing could help the federal government respond to a catastrophic nuclear radiation disaster. The National Nuclear Security Administration just finished a test run of a cloud-based data collection system that combines radiation measurements from states across the country. The agency says the inspiration for how the system works comes from observing the impact of the Fukishima reactor leak in Japan. NNSA coordinated the test run with 200 people working from 38 different states. Together they collected and analyzed 21,000 measurements of environmental radiation around the country to see if anything was out of the ordinary. The 200 participants took water and soil samples, and luckily they didn't find anything of catastrophic proportions. NNSA says it's expanding the use of the cloud system to other agencies, too.

Tags: cloud , Fukushima , Japan , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 11:13am EDT

Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission.

Tags: Thuc Hoang , technology , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Senate confirms new deputy administrator at NNSA

Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to be the Energy Department's principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Tags: Madelyn Creedon , DoE , Frank Klotz

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Commerce CIO Szykman to leave after 7 years

Simon Szykman announced to staff today he is leaving the agency to work in the private sector. He said he has no plans yet and will stay at the agency until a new CIO is hired. Additionally, Anil Karmel has left the NNSA after serving more than two years as the deputy chief technology officer to launch his own cloud computing company.

Tags: people , Commerce , Simon Szykman , Anil Karmel , C2 Labs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:34pm EST

CIO Council harnessing growing list of 'world class' IT programs

The CIO Council will add 25 more examples of IT project management excellence to its best practice database. DHS CIO Richard Spires said at the Excellence.gov awards Tuesday the goal of all of these success stories is to share what worked and leave a broader legacy across all of Federal IT.

Tags: technology , management , Richard Spires , DHS , CIO Council , USDA , GSA , IRS , ACT-IAC , Excellence.gov , best practices , Jason Miller , DMDC

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 07:05am EST
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NNSA CIO Osborn retiring

Bob Osborn, the National Nuclear Security Administration's chief information officer, is leaving the government after more than 36 years of service.

Tags: people , technology , Energy , Bob Osborn , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:17pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 5, 2012

Witold Skwierczynski of the AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals talks about today's SSA demonstration. Travis Howerton discusses the National Nuclear Security Administration's plans to launch its own social network. Jeremy Herb of The Hill details the Defense Bill just passed by the Senate.

Tags: Federal Drive , Witold Skwierczynski , Jeremy Herb , The Hill , DoD , DoD authorization bill , budget , workforce , Travis Howerton , AFGE , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 07:13am EST
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