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USDA unveils new steps to stop food stamp fraud

The Agriculture Department says it is going to impose tougher penalties on stores that violate food stamp rules and give states new tools to root out applicants who are ineligible for the benefit program that now covers about 1 out of every 7 Americans.

Tags: SNAP , fraud , oversight

Friday - 08/10/2012, 04:04am EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- July 23

Rob Strayer of the Bipartisan Policy Center discusses the compromise cybersecurity bill. Daniel Schuman talks about the Congressional Research Service. Dick Gregg fills us in on the Treasury's annual fiscal report.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Rob Strayer , Bipartisan Policy Center , Daniel Schuman , Sunlight Foundation , Dick Gregg , Treasury Department , Helena Bottemiller , cybersecurity

Monday - 07/23/2012, 10:02am EDT

Report finds mixed progress on plain language

A new report details mixed progress on a law requiring agencies to write using plain language when dealing with the public. The Center for Plain Language awarded the Agriculture Department an "A" for its efforts, the highest score of 12 large agencies and departments it surveyed. The Veterans Affairs Department, however, earned an "F" for its mostly incomplete progress.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , plain language , Plain Writing Act , Annetta Cheek , VA , management

Friday - 07/20/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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GSA backs sale of island that's home to DHS lab

A federal agency supports a plan to sell New York's Plum Island, home to the country's only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could affect the livestock industry, according to a draft report by the agency.

Tags: GSA , DHS , Plum Island , National Research Council

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:17pm EDT

Federal produce-testing program spared _ for now

The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

Tags: CDC , Rosa DeLauro , Congress , food safety

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 03:22am EDT

7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Tags: Cloud First , OMB , GAO , HHS , GSA , DHS , Treasury , SBA , technology , information technology , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

USDA, DoE, Navy kick starting biofuel development

The agencies are making $30 million available for companies to investigate the possibilities for creating military biofuels. The projects could help achieve the President's energy goals, military energy security and rural economic improvement.

Tags: DoD , DoE , Navy , Air Force , biofuels , Esther Carey , Ray Mabus , Tom Vilsack , Heather Zichal , Green government

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 06:49pm EDT

Sustainability Efforts: The grades are in

Federal agencies released FY 2011 sustainability scorecards indicating overall progress.

Tags: Green government , OMB , CEQ , Robin Heard , Nancy Sutley , sustainability , Esther Carey , sustainability scorecard

Friday - 06/15/2012, 06:50pm EDT
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