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Mark Peterson, Division Chief for Data and Analytics, USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development wants to channel a river of big data into an analysis program that can power future management decisions. The agency has a request for information out to find ways to transform the data into a more useful and visually intuitive form. Mark Peterson is division chief for data and analytics at USAID. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on what kind of data USAID has and what it wants to do with it.

Tags: Mark Peterson , In Depth , big data , technology

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:28pm EST
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USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Tags: contracting , Afghanistan , Iraq , International Relief and Development , management , oversight

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:30pm EST

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The head of the U.S. Agengy for International Development is stepping down after five years of service. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that leader will leave behind a legacy that proves innovation can happen in a stifling federal bureaucracy in a relatively short amount of time.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:34pm EST
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Wendy Taylor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Workers on the front lines battling Ebola face a lot of dangers. One of the biggest? Simply taking off their protective suits at the end of the day. It's a multi-step process with no margin for error. To combat this and other logistical problems, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched what it calls the "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge." It solicited designs and innovations from all over the world. Wendy Taylor, director of USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to parse the challenge's results.

Tags: Wendy Taylor , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Ebola , Ebola Grand Challenge , innovation

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:21am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Agency for International Development has tapped a former senior engineer at Google to run its new Global Development Lab. Ann Mei Chang will start later this month. She spent eight years at the Silicon Valley powerhouse before stints at the State Department and the nonprofit Mercy Corps. From her San Francisco home, Chang spoke with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the lab and her intentions for it.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , Global Development Lab , Ann Mei Chang , Mercy Corps

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:14am EST
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Feds, contractors confused by Ebola guidance

An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.

Tags: Ebola , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , workforce , DoD , AFGE , J. David Cox , Emily Kopp , contracting , industry

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT

Senate leaves Social Security's Colvin, others, waiting for confirmation

The Senate left Washington without confirming several of President Barack Obama's nominees for the executive branch, including Carolyn Colvin, his choice to lead the Social Security Administration.

Tags: Carolyn Colvin , SSA , Don Kettl , people , Nani Coloretti , HUD , Michael Carroll , Sharon Block , NLRB , Rhea Suh , Fish and Wildlife Service , Debo Adegbile , NHTSA , workforce , Congress , Senate , Emily Kopp

Monday - 09/22/2014, 12:24pm EDT

Federal CIO VanRoekel leaving post for new role at USAID

VanRoekel will advise the agency's senior leadership on using technology and data to help coordinate the government's response to the crisis. This is his second stint at USAID. Lisa Schlosser will be the interim federal CIO.

Tags: technology , OMB , Steve VanRoekel , Beth Cobert , people , Jason Miller , federal CIO

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:01am EDT

Jill Boezwinkle, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is making drinking water safer in Kenya and Uganda. It's a bread and butter issue for the development agency, but the solution is different. Jill Boezwinkle has taken a crowd-sourced idea and turned it into reality in the Dispensers for Safe Water program. Now, she is a finalist in the national security and international affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss her role in the Dispensers for Safe Water program.

Tags: Jill Boezwinkle , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Jonathan Addleton, Ambassador, U.S. Agency for International Development

Recent headlines suggest federal agencies do not always look kindly on whistleblowers in their ranks. Most recently, the Veterans Affairs Department stands accused of tamping down dissent over mismanagement of its health care system. But an awards ceremony at the State Department today is honoring some federal employees for sticking out their necks and challenging their leaders. The American Foreign Service Association is giving four career diplomats the Constructive Dissent Award. Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, currently regional USAID mission director for the Central Asian Republics, is one of the honorees. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what led to his nomination.

Tags: Jonathan Addleton , State Department , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:24am EDT
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