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USDA's APHIS makes way for mobile, big data

Gary Washington, the chief information officer of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said having a better understanding of its portfolio will ease the transition to new technologies.
August 15, 2013

Tags: technology , mobile computing , cloud computing , big data , Gary Washington , Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service , Ask the CIO , jason miller

Thursday - 08/15/2013, 04:31pm EDT
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Sequester not yet affecting govt fire response

Obama administration officials say the automatic budget cuts called "sequestration" have not yet affected the government's ability to fight wildfires.

Tags: Interior Department , sequestration ,

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 05:51pm EDT

HHS pacing its move to the cloud

The Department of Health and Human Services will release a solicitation for email-as-a-service this summer.
July 11, 2013

Tags: technology , HHS , Frank Baitman , cloud computing , PortfolioStat , shared services , National Finance Center , virtual desktop initiative , email as a service , Ask the CIO , jason miller

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 09:45pm EDT
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Coburn calls out USDA, other agencies on wasteful spending

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sends another letter to another agency on ways to cut spending. This is the Senator's second letter in June; he wrote to the DOJ earlier this month.

Tags: sequestration , Tom Coburn , Cogan Schneier , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 06/24/2013, 05:53pm EDT
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GAO: Agencies should expand TechStat reviews to all high-risk projects

Federal agencies need to step up their use of TechStat sessions, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. The face-to-face meetings of IT officials and agency leaders have been put to use by the Office of Management and Budget and individual agencies to turn around or terminate dozens of failing IT projects. But only about a third of the agency projects deemed most at risk of cost overruns or schedule slips have undergone the reviews, GAO reported.

Tags: TechStat , OMB , management , IT , Commerce , HHS , DHS , Jack Moore

Friday - 06/14/2013, 07:49pm EDT

Insect expert Linthicum honored for disease prevention work

The Partnership for Public Service recently named Kenneth Linthicum of USDA's Agricultural Research Service as one of the 2013 finalists for the National Security and International Affairs Medal.

Tags: Kenneth Linthicum , Service to America Awards ,

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 07:31am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The CIO shuffle continues; the last E-gov benefits report?

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Tags: technology , Inside the Reporters Notebook , people , DoT , State , OMB , e-government , Cheryl Cook , Lisa Schlosser , Richard McKinney , Steven Taylor , GSA , Dave McClure , jason miller , exclusive

Monday - 05/13/2013, 06:14am EDT

USDA says furloughs not expected

Furloughs at the Agriculture Department are looking increasingly unlikely following Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's request to shift funding and the department's ongoing efforts to find alternative cost savings. A USDA spokeswoman confirmed last week that the department wouldn't have to furlough employees in either the Farm Service Agency or the department's Rural Development division.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , Tom Vilsack , workforce , Jack Moore

Monday - 05/06/2013, 03:57pm EDT

USDA's Forest Service taking different approach to mobility

Doug Nash, the Forest Service's CIO, said he sees great promise in using a PC-on-a-stick to let employees securely connect back to the network, save data from the field and do work from anywhere. Forest Service will release a mobile strategy and architecture in the coming weeks.
February 21, 2013

Tags: technology , Doug Nash , Forest Service , cloud computing , mobile computing , BYOD , enterprisewide services , operational efficiences , Ask the CIO , jason miller

Tuesday - 02/19/2013, 08:49pm EST
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USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Michael Young , Hari Sastry , Commerce , FCC , David Robbins , Paul Gosar , Blake Farenthold , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Matt Cartwright , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , reprogramming authorities

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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