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Billy Milton, chief human capital officer at the USDA, tells The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the Agriculture Department's successful approach to managing its workforce in tough budgetary times.
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to cut spending and invest in new capabilities at the same time. Savings from outdated or inefficient IT projects can be plowed into new innovations, he said.
White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to fire USDA employee Shirley Sherrod in 2010, according to administration emails.
Chris Smith is moving on after more than three years as the Agriculture Department's lead technology manager. He helped make major change to the agency's infrastructure, in part by moving email to the cloud.
The Agriculture Department's Natural Resources Conservation Service wants to trim its ranks by 300 employees by end of the year. NRCS plans to offer 900 employees the chance to take buyouts or early retirements.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking a harder line on fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program.
After a decade of unsuccessful attempts, including the Justice Department's Integrated Wireless Network, the Homeland Security Department wants to leap forward with technology by using commercial 4G networks to connect law enforcement agencies. DHS created a joint program office to lead the effort. The approach is part of OMB's shared services initiative for agencies to work together on big programs.
Tags: technology , DHS , OMB , VA , Chris Smith , Richard Spires , Steve VanRoekel , Roger Baker , shared services , information sharing , law enforcement networks , Future First , IT project management , IT efficiencies , budget , AFCEA Bethesda , Jason Miller
Many agencies are not as gung-ho on telework as the Obama Administration or lawmakers would have it, according to a recent Congressional Research Service survey. The Department of Veterans Affairs allows just one-tenth of its employees to telework. At other agencies, most workers who are eligible to telework do not.
President Obama told the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Tuesday the administration would create performance metrics, track progress and adapt best practices for reducing the red tape for businesses.
Tags: technology , mangement , Barack Obama , White House , OMB , permitting dashboard , Jeffrey Zients , Interior Department , BLM , Forest Service , Council on Jobs and Competitiveness , Jason Miller
The Agriculture Department's closing of 259 offices could result in buyout offers, said the agency's deputy secretary. This week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the closures would save about $150 million year in the agency's $145 billion budget.