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OMB, HHS create new health IT task force

New entity will be led by eight agencies, including OPM, VA and DoD. The focus will be on policy development, coordination and implementation of federal health IT.

Tags: technology , management , Peter Orszag , Kathleen Sebelius , OMB , HHS , OPM , VA , DoD , SSA , Commerce , Health IT

Tuesday - 02/23/2010, 03:00pm EST

Federal R&D efforts could get boost

NSF, NIST and Energy continue to receive increases on way to doubling budget by 2017. Overall, R&D across government increases only slightly. OSTP will create a dashboard to measure effectiveness of federal R&D efforts.

Tags: technology , John Holdren , Aneesh Chopra , White House , OSTP , NASA , NSF , Energy , NIST , education , Smithsonian , Research and development , R&D dashboard , budget , FY 2011 budget

Tuesday - 02/02/2010, 06:40am EST
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Agencies begin to alter approach to IT system development

Several departments are starting to understand that buying and creating technology systems can be done in small, iterative steps. OMB's push for agile development seems to be taking hold across the government.

Tags: technology , Agile development , DoD , OMB , FBI , Robert White , rob vietmeyer , tyler bond , IT reform , AFFIRM , TechStat , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/17/2011, 06:01am EDT
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USDA makes advances in telework program

The number of teleworkers at the Department of Agriculture has swelled to more than 58,000 - up from just 16,000 a year ago.

Tags: telework , workforce

Monday - 10/10/2011, 05:26pm EDT

New IT helps USDA's Risk Management Agency survive data deluge

A record year for insurance crop claims pushes RMA's systems to the brink. Chad Sheridan, RMA's CIO, said recent modernization efforts kept the agency's systems processing and paying claims.
October 6,2011

Tags: technology , chad sheridan , Risk Management Agency , Ask the CIO , records management , IT modernization , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 08:16pm EDT
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Berry: Debt proposals won't dampen feds' giving spirit

Berry said he thinks feds will continue to donate at high levels in future drives, despite a two-year pay freeze and other proposals that could cut their pay and benefits

Tags: Feds Feed Families , John Berry , OPM , CHCO , DoD , charity , Barack Obama , budget , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 04:51pm EDT
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Navy, USDA, DoE want new biofuels technology

The Agriculture Department, the Energy Department and the Navy are turning to industry to try to leverage advanced technologies to produce a new generation of biofuels. A request for information they just issued says the private sector would have to match any federal funds the agencies spend. The three departments are willing to spend up to 500 million dollars to jumpstart an industry to produce fuels that could serve as drop-in replacements for jet fuel and diesel. The Navy is aiming to get half its energy from alternative sources by the year 2020.

Tags: technology , Navy , Department of Energy , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology

Monday - 09/19/2011, 03:58pm EDT

Data center consolidation ahead of schedule

Agencies have stepped up the pace of their data center consolidation efforts, leading to predicted data center closures numbering well above what the Office of Management and Budget predicted earlier this year.

Tags: technology , management , OMB , Cloud computing , data center consolidation , federal CIO , Vivek Kundra , Virtualization , HHS , GSA , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 06:47am EDT
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Considering a buyout? Think before you act

Bill Bransford is a partner at the law firm, Shaw, Bransford & Roth. He joins the Federal Drive with information on the legal rights of employees who may feel targeted to accept buyouts.

Tags: Federal Drive , buyouts , pay and benefits , early-outs , GPO , USPS , Legal Loop , Bill Bransford

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 09:41am EDT
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USDA working to fight stink bug infestation

Last year: stinky. This year: even stinkier in terms of stink bug infestations. They USDA's Tracy Leskey tells us about the latest research, and hope for beating the bugs.

Tags: Federal Drive , newsstand , Tracy Leskey , stink bugs , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 03/31/2011, 09:31am EDT
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