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All USDA buildings open on Tuesday

It's back to business as usual for Department of Agriculture employees the day after a fire closes six buildings at the agency's headquarters.

Tags: Federal Drive , fire

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 06:24am EDT

USDA headquarters, offices closed Monday

Six USDA buildings are closed today after a minor electrical fire at one of the headquarters buildings caused power outages and Internet stoppages at other agency buildings, said a USDA spokesman.

Tags: closing

Monday - 04/16/2012, 09:15am EDT

USDA eyes airports for alternative energy production

Travis DeVault, project leader for USDA's National Wildlife Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the project.

Tags: Travis DeVault , green government , Federal Drive , FAA

Monday - 04/09/2012, 09:31am EDT
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USDA takes direct approach to managing workforce, reducing costs

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.

Tags: Billy Milton , Tom Vilsack , CHCO , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , management , Federal Drive , Senior Executive Service , Michael OConnell , VERA , VISA , VSIP

Friday - 04/06/2012, 10:13am EDT
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Cutting, investing aren't mutually exclusive, federal CIO says

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 Savings from outdated or inefficient IT projects can be plowed into new innovations, he said.

Tags: OMB , technology , Steven VanRoekel , TechStat , PortfolioStat , shared services , duplication , IT reform , budget , Jared Serbu , FOSE

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Emails show White House input on Sherrod ouster

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.

Tags: White House , Shirley Sherrod , Tom Vilsack , Barack Obama

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 07:56pm EST

USDA CIO Smith to leave

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.

Tags: Chris Smith , people , technology , Charles McClam , cloud computing , CIO Council , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 06:04pm EST

USDA office to cut staff by 150

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.

Tags: NRCS , Buyout Guide , buyout

Monday - 03/05/2012, 07:05am EST

USDA cracks down on food stamp fraud

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.

Tags: Audrey Rowe , SNAP , Federal Drive , fraud , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 09:38am EST
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DHS wants to ride commercial wave for interoperable radio network

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

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:40am EST
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