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OMB course corrects 16 IT projects

The administration said its review of 16 of the 26 high-risk technology programs led to one termination, eight programs are scaled back and seven projects have accelerated delivery timetables. OMB said agencies saved or avoided spending $1.3 billion over the life of these 16 projects.

Tags: technology , Jeff Zients , Vivek Kundra , OMB , DHS , Interior , NARA , high-risk projects , project management , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 07:41am EST
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USDA ready to move e-mail to Microsoft cloud

The Agriculture Department would be the second major agency to announce it's taking critical functions to the commercial cloud.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , Chris Smith , GSA , Microsoft , Dell , Unisys , Google , Curt Kolcun , cloud computing , e-mail-as-a-service , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 06:49pm EST

Agriculture Dept. planting new collaboration tool

The USDA is moving some of its collaboration tools -- including email and document sharing -- to a new cloud infrastructure.

Tags: collaboration , Collaboration Center , instant messaging , video conferencing , Department of Agriculture ,

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 06:00am EST

Federal workgroup forms to take a bite out of bedbugs

Federal offices face a public health scourge spreading across the nation: bedbugs. Five agencies have joined forces to form the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, which works to educate on and control the spread of bed bugs. The EPA's director of Office of Pesticide Programs tells us about findings of the first National Bed Bug Summit.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , EPA , Bed Bugs , CDC , DoD , HHS , Lois Rossi , bedbugs , Vyomika Jairam

Monday - 11/29/2010, 10:08am EST
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AFFIRM panel: How to stay innovative

The AFFIRM panel discusses how to stay innovative.

Tags: Robert Brese , Energy , David McClure , GSA , Todd Park , HHS , Chris Smith , AFFIRM , innovation , best practices , management , DorobekInsider

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 03:57pm EST
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USDA/FAA Support Production of Biofuels

The Federal Aviation Administration is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop alternatives to jet fuel.

The agencies will examine the availability of different kinds of feedstocks that could be processed by bio-refineries. Officials say, the development and deployment of alternative fuels is critical to achieving carbon neutral aviation growth by the year 2020.

As part of the effort, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the implementation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (or BCAP). That program reimburses farmers or other producers for the cost of planting and producing eligible renewable biomass crops - up to 75 percent - within specified areas.

To further stabilize the cost of jet fuel, the agencies have also entered a five year agreement to develop aviation fuel from forest and crop residues and other "green" feedstocks.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology , FAA , Scott Carr

Monday - 11/01/2010, 07:39pm EDT

Federal telework mindset is shifting

The ability to telework is subtly moving from "want to" to "have to."

Tags: technology , Telework Ceter , telework , Bruce Klein , cisco , Polycom , GCN , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 10/18/2010, 05:30pm EDT

Countdown: Defense finance mess; Feds retiring quicker

This week's three most important Federal news stories, as chosen by Agilex's Bob Otto, and Washington Post "Federal Eye" Ed O'Keefe.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Bob Otto , Ed O'Keefe , Federal News Countdown , Shirley Sherrod , Tom Vilsack , Gulf Coast oil spill , OMB , Ted Kaufman , VA , Vivek Kundra , FDCCI , GAO , DoD , Asif Khan , ERP

Friday - 10/08/2010, 03:33pm EDT
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White House's Sutley sees new greener mindset

Council on Environmental Quality issues new guidance giving agencies instructions to measure greenhouse gas emissions. Council chair Nancy Sutley said the directive includes approaches used inside and out of government. Agencies have until January 2011 to complete an initial baseline inventory.

Tags: management , Green government , Nancy Sutley , Tom Vilsack , White House , Council on Environmental Quality , GreenGov Symposium , greenhouse gas emissions , Executive Order 13514 , solar panels , Jason Miller , Greening of Government: people

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 07:09am EDT
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USDA, State easing IT power intake

Agriculture plans to update its second version of its green IT strategy this year. State is implementing power management tools and could save almost $2 million. Both agencies are making headway to change the culture of how IT is used by their respective employees.

Tags: Green government , technology , Chris Smith , Susan Swart , State , green IT , data center consolidation , power management , GreenGov Symposium , Jason Miller , Greening of Government: Technology

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 07:48am EDT
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