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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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USDA suspends some ag reports due to budget cuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm said it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices.

Tags: sequestration , budget , NASS

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 04:10am EDT

CIO Council harnessing growing list of 'world class' IT programs

The CIO Council will add 25 more examples of IT project management excellence to its best practice database. DHS CIO Richard Spires said at the Excellence.gov awards Tuesday the goal of all of these success stories is to share what worked and leave a broader legacy across all of Federal IT.

Tags: technology , management , Richard Spires , DHS , CIO Council , GSA , IRS , ACT-IAC , Excellence.gov , best practices , Jason Miller , NNSA , DMDC

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 07:05am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 15, 2013

Tags: Federal Drive , sequestration , IRS , NWS ,

Friday - 02/15/2013, 11:38am EST

Employee unions march on Capitol Hill to stop sequestration

AFGE, AFSCME rally against the potential cuts from sequestration as part of their week-long legislative conference. Union members are meeting with lawmakers to ensure they understand the broader impact cuts due to sequestration would have on the nation and the economy.

Tags: workforce , management , sequestration , J.David Cox , AFGE , Pam Baca , SSA , Paul Ferris , William Beumont Army Medical Center , Trent Behow , Chris Van Hollen , Donna Brockington , OPM , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 10:26am EST
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Agencies slowly knocking down cybersecurity barriers to going mobile

Through the Digital Government Strategy, several initiatives are underway to address IT security concerns. DHS created a security baseline architecture and is testing it through five use cases. GSA created a new secure online content platform for agencies to move websites and applications into a mobile environment.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Brad Nix , Margie Graves , DHS , Adam Sedgewick , NIST , mobile computing , ACT-IAC , Gwynne Kostin , GSA , Digital Government Strategy , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/08/2013, 05:22am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 6, 2013

Forrest Morgeson, director of research at the American Customer Satisfaction Index, has some good news for some agencies. Agriculture Department official Kevin Concannon says USDA is claiming victory in its battle against fraud. Jordy Yager of The Hill newspaper explains why some on Capitol Hill are talking about Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Tom Day, USPS' chief sustainability officer, shares news of the Postal Service's successful conservation efforts.

Tags: Forrest Morgeson , American Customer Satisfaction Index , Kevin Concannon , SNAP , Jordy Yager , The Hill , Darrell Issa , Tom Day , USPS , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 10:28am EST

USDA work-life office promotes telework, other flexible programs

Mika Cross, the work/life and wellness program manager at the Agriculture Department, In Depth with Francis Rose for a far-reaching discussion flexible and supportive workplace programs, such as telework.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Mika Cross , workplace , telework , workforce , work-life balance ,

Monday - 01/28/2013, 07:32pm EST
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