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Cloud computing may help in nuclear radiation disaster response

Cloud computing could help the federal government respond to a catastrophic nuclear radiation disaster. The National Nuclear Security Administration just finished a test run of a cloud-based data collection system that combines radiation measurements from states across the country. The agency says the inspiration for how the system works comes from observing the impact of the Fukishima reactor leak in Japan. NNSA coordinated the test run with 200 people working from 38 different states. Together they collected and analyzed 21,000 measurements of environmental radiation around the country to see if anything was out of the ordinary. The 200 participants took water and soil samples, and luckily they didn't find anything of catastrophic proportions. NNSA says it's expanding the use of the cloud system to other agencies, too.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 11:13am EDT

Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Senate confirms new deputy administrator at NNSA

Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to be the Energy Department's principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:20pm EDT

DoE restructures management offices to cut waste, improve security

The Department of Energy detailed to House lawmakers Wednesday its plans to create a new undersecretary for management and performance and expand its undersecretary of science office.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:03am 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.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 07:05am EST
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NNSA CIO Osborn retiring

Bob Osborn, the National Nuclear Security Administration's chief information officer, is leaving the government after more than 36 years of service.

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:17pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 5, 2012

Witold Skwierczynski of the AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals talks about today's SSA demonstration. Travis Howerton discusses the National Nuclear Security Administration's plans to launch its own social network. Jeremy Herb of The Hill details the Defense Bill just passed by the Senate.

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 07:13am EST

Energy in focus: The future of power plants and the energy debate in Congress

On this week's Capital Impact show, energy analysts Rob Barnett and Richard Heidorn discuss the future of nuclear power. Plus, the latest on the congressional energy debate with Loren Duggan and Derek Wallbank.

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 04:49pm EDT
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Nuclear weapons arsenal under 'constant attack,' NNSA says

Officials at the National Nuclear Security Administration say America's nuclear weapons arsenal is "under constant attack."

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:48pm EDT

NNSA IT transformation taking 3-step approach

Agency CIO Robert Osborn is improving the network and cybersecurity. He said the cloud of clouds approach gives the National Nuclear Security Administration the security and flexibility they need to meet their mission.
March 15, 2012

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 08:55pm EDT
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Los Alamos Lab plans to offer buyouts to up to 800

The lab has submitted a plan to the National Nuclear Security Administration and is waiting for approval to offer the buyouts.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 01:54pm EST

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.

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

SlideShare is like YouTube for PowerPoint

As agencies continue to work toward being more 'open and transparent,' feds are always looking for better ways to communicate. We learn about a new option called SlideShare from the NNSA's Damien LaVera.

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 10:41am EDT
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Big honors for small business use

In honoring Pantex in the manufacturing category, the SBA recognized the site for its "hard work, innovative ideas and dedication" and for its achievements in the community. We learn more from Pantex's John Woolery.

Friday - 04/22/2011, 10:08am EDT
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Gamma camera could stop wars, detect cancer

A new technology from the NNSA has medical, industrial, scientific, environmental, and homeland security applications.

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 10:15am EST
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NNSA breaks ground in many ways

Imagine moving just eight miles and saving about $100 million per year. The NNSA's Mark Holecek has details on how his agency's doing it.

Wednesday - 09/29/2010, 10:41am EDT
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NNSA offers a new opportunity in nuclear security

The MAC program, which began as a summer program this year, will place Military Academy cadets, midshipmen and officers in tours of duty within science, technology, engineering, national security and relevant fields at any of the NNSA sites. NNSA's Greg Simonson explains how it works.

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Energy hopes green roofs spread like weeds

What's white and green and efficient all over? DOE hopes it's your roof.

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 10:31am EDT
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Energy Secretary and others head for the dunk tank

Energy announces plans to host officials from several federal agencies to raise awareness and donations for the July collection of the "Feds Feed Families" nationwide food drive.

Monday - 07/26/2010, 01:42pm EDT
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EPA experiences the upside of contracting reforms

OMB issues a fact sheet detailing successes across the government. Agencies are using fewer risky contracts and achieving more competition. One expert, however, wonders if the insourcing initiative is part of the reason for the changes.

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 06:42am EDT
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