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Agencies have plans, now will go green

The White House releases 56 agency sustainability plans showing how the government will meet an assortment of energy efficiency goals. Federal Environmental Executive Michelle Moore said ideas run the gamut from recycling to computer power management. The administration is hosting the GreenGov Symposium in October to help educate and promote agency goals.

Tags: management , Michelle Moore , White House , Council on Environmental Quality , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , energy efficiency , sustainability plans , green government , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/13/2010, 06:24am EDT
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OMB targets fixes for mission critical IT projects

The Office of Management and Budget is throwing a lifeline, of sorts, to 15 agencies who have IT projects that are on its high-risk list. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said the 26 projects on his new high priority list are mission critical. He said some extra attention now could reap dividends down the road when those projects finally realize their long-awaited potential.

Tags: management , technology , OMB , Vivek Kundra , OPM , Matt Perry , DOJ , Vance Hitch , Bernie Mazur , Interior , NARA , David Ferrierro , Senate , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , FBI, Sentinel , RSM , High Risk list , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 08/24/2010, 06:19am EDT
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Lawmakers vary on Census savings claim

The Commerce Department says that as things stand the 2010 Census is now expected to come in on schedule and 22 percent under budget, meaning a savings of $1.6 billion in 2010. Congressional reaction to the news is split along party lines with some lawmakers praising the efforts of the Census Bureau to do an accurate and cost-effective population count - while one lawmaker calls the claims "smoke and mirrors."

Tags: management , Gary Locke , Robert Groves , Commerce , Census , William Lacy Clay , Joseph Lieberman , Darrell Issa , 2010 census , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 08/11/2010, 07:07am EDT
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OMB takes aim at poorly performing IT projects

Agencies are to review all IT projects over the next month, and the programs that are in the worst shape will go through TechStat sessions. This analysis is part two of a three pronged approach to fixing systemic problems with technology initiatives. Federal CIO Kundra says OMB will try to address those long-standing problems in October through the release of best practices.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , OMB , IT project management , at-risk IT projects , Jason Millerv , Susan Collins , Jeff Zients , DoT , Dan Mintz , Powertek , high risk projects , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/28/2010, 05:19pm EDT
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Behind the scenes on cybersecurity at your agency

The Senate Homeland Security Committee approved a bill that could dramatically reshape how agencies secure their computer networks.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Congress , technology , cybersecurity , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins ,

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 06:58pm EDT

OMB vows to end out of control IT projects

The administration issues two new memos focusing on all IT projects and specifically on financial management systems. OMB will issue guidance in the next month detailing how they will evaluate which programs are at most risk. OMB's Zients says programs worth more than $10 billion are significantly off track in cost, schedule or both.

Tags: technology , management , Jeff Zients , Vivek Kundra , Danny Werfel , Susan Collins , Peter Orszag , OMB , VA , DHS , Energy , financial systems , project management , IT oversight , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 07:05am EDT
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Cybersecurity bill clears Senate hurdle

Sometime in the next few weeks, the Senate is expected to take up a bill designed to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity infrastructure. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the legislation Thursday by voice vote.

Tags: Congress , technology , cybersecurity , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , John Pistole , TSA , Federal Managers Association , Tom Coburn , Carl Levin , Howard Schmidt , Barack Obama , Max Cacas

Friday - 06/25/2010, 07:04am EDT
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Carper pushes energy efficiency standards

Legislation calls for agencies to adopt computer power savings techniques, implement advanced metering technology and create energy data standards.

Tags: management , VA , Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee , green government , energy efficiency , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 07:14pm EDT

Cybersecurity legislation gaining momentum in Senate

Senator Joseph Lieberman thinks his cybersecurity bill will be the one to cross the finish line to the President's desk.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , cybersecurity , technology , Senate , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Phil Reitinger , DHS , FISMA , Barack Obama , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 06:44pm EDT

Sen. Carper gives federal response to oil spill 'B minus'

Senator Tom Carper tells Federal News Radio there is a lot of room for improvement.

Tags: management , Gulf oil spill , Senate , Capitol Hill , FISMA , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth , Dorothy Ramienski

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 05:26pm EDT
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