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Top GOP policy issues at a glance

House Republicans have dotted nine remaining spending bills with well more than 100 "riders" that would redirect government policy or maintain it in some cases despite objections from President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Most are unlikely to survive in final negotiations on a massive bill for funding government operations through next September.

Tags: Congress , Energy , EPA , budget

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 02:42am EST

IGs push for greater whistleblower protections for contractors

Whistleblowers at government contractors need better protections against reprisal and need to know how to contact agency inspectors general. Two IGs and a whistleblower awaiting trial were among the witnesses at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. It is considering legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to all contractors, subcontractors and local governments receiving federal funds.

Tags: contracting , whistleblowers , Senate , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Walter Tamosaitis , Hanford Waste Treatment Plan , Energy , DoD , Marguerite Garrison , Peggy Gustafson , SBA , Recovery Act , transparency , URS , Bechtel , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 04:26pm EST
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OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tags: hiring reform , OPM , Angela Bailey , Emily Kopp , best practices , CHCO Council , Energy , DHS , DoD , TSA , SSA

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm EST

EPA and Army partner for Net Zero effort

The Army is collaborating with the Environmental Protection Agency to makes its bases more sustainable as part of its Net Zero initiative.

Tags: Leslie Gillespie-Marthaler , Net Zero , EPA , Army , DoD , Energy , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:04am EST
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FERC works on FISMA compliance

Sanjay Sardar, FERC's CIO, joined to discuss the agency's FISMA stance.

Tags: FERC , Energy , cybersecurity , FISMA

Friday - 12/02/2011, 06:22pm EST
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Obama fills key posts in State, Energy

President Obama said he intends to nominate key posts in the departments of State and Energy, according to a White House release.

Tags: Arum Majumdar , Frederick Barton , State , Energy , appointments , Barack Obama

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:35am EST

Energy lab's move to Google apps allows flexibility, scalability

Brent Stacey is chief information officer and information management director at the Idaho National Lab.

Tags: Brent Stacey , Energy , Idaho National Lab , Google , technology , cloud computing , In Depth

Friday - 11/18/2011, 06:34pm EST
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Facing cuts, Energy IG recommends sweeping changes

Facing likely budget cuts, the Energy Department's inspector general, Gregory Friedman, has issued a slew of recommendations, including cutting redundant staff, appointing a BRAC-like commission to study the department's facilities and federalizing the contractors that secure those facilities.

Tags: Energy , Gregory Friedman , NNSA , budget , contracting

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 09:55am EST

Did White House consider ousting Chu at Energy?

Top officials at the White House circulated a plan calling for the ouster of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other top Energy Department officials as the administration braced for a political storm brewing over the failing solar energy company Solyndra

Tags: Carol Browner , Energy , Steven Chu , Solyndra , Pete Rouse , Ray Mabus

Friday - 11/11/2011, 08:40pm EST
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