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USDA announces first cabinet-level buyouts

The Agriculture Department is the first cabinet-level operation to offer early retirement and buyouts to employees. And it won't be the last. So what are your odds of getting an offer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has the exclusive.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , buyouts , early out

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 04:00am EDT

Improper payment oversight improves

Obama administration officials told Congress agencies are taking a more aggressive stance than ever in their efforts to cut improper payments. The White House has set a goal of reducing such payments by $50 billion by next fiscal year.

Tags: Congress , management , OMB , improper payments , Danny Werfel , Richard Gregg , Calvin Scovel , Jacob Lew , Treasury Department , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:53am EDT
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Acquisition feds recalled from retirement

Agencies asked 125 annuitants for help last year with Army leading the way, bringing 44 retired federal workers back to help with acquisition processes.

Tags: contracting , pay and benefits , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Army , Air Force , DHS , acquisition workforce , annuitants , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 11:28am EDT

DoD, USDA partner to help military families

Brent Elrod, the national program leader of military and veterans programs at USDA, talked to Federal News Radio about some of the programs that will be offered through the initiative.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Brent Elrod , Military Extension Partnership , Joining Forces , collaboration , military families

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 11:38am EDT
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GSA to boost cloud computing with new RFP

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra expects GSA to issue a solicitation by May 10 for a $2.5 billion contract for email-as-a-service. It's part of how the administration wants agencies to move to cloud computing. Kundra said five of seven short-term IT reforms efforts are on track.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Roger Baker , Kathleen Merrigan , Daniel Poneman , OMB , GSA , VA , Energy , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , role of the CIO , IT reforms , data center consolidation , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 08:01am EDT
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GPO names new CIO

The Government Printing Office has named Charles Riddle as the new chief information officer. Riddle brings a background in information technology and most recently worked at the Agriculture Department.

Tags: technology , GPO , Charles Riddle , management , John Buckner

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 12:26pm EDT

CBP stopping bugs at the border

Moths, snails, longhorn beetles, leafhoppers, miner flies and mites have been stopped at the border - before they could do damage. We get details from the CBP's Linda Cullen.

Tags: Federal Drive , DHS , CBP , Linda Cullen

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 09:31am EDT
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Kundra: Agencies on path for transition to cloud

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra says agencies are on track to move to the cloud and framed his ideas for where he wants government to go in the future.

Tags: Vivek Kundra , cloud computing , technology , NIST , Cloud Computing and Forum Workshop , GSA , OMB , John Buckner

Monday - 04/11/2011, 06:25pm EDT
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USDA telework apps allow farmers to be out standing in their field

One federal agency is working on apps so stakeholders can telework along side employees.

Tags: technology , Telework Center , telework , Polycom , Suzanne Kubota , Ask the CIO , Gary Washington , NRCS

Monday - 04/04/2011, 04:00am EDT

Excellence.gov Awards: USDA' s online self service replaces paper apps

The USDA in Idaho receives more than 17,000 paper applications for white water river permits. Processing those applications is costly and time consuming. So the agency set up an online self service system where applicants have 24/7 access.

Tags: John King , John Hawk , 2011 Excellence.gov Awards , Forest Service , technology , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 06:29pm EDT
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