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12:22 am, April 27, 2015

Department of Energy News

Energy deputy CIO Adcock heading to private sector

Don Adcock is leaving government after 17 years, including the last three at Energy as its deputy CIO.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 11:52am EDT

Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT
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Cyber center advances Energy's understanding of, defense against threats

Rod Turk, the Energy Department's associate chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer, said the Joint Cyber Coordination Center is moving into the advanced capabilities phase after building the information sharing foundation over the last year.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 02:16pm EDT
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Obama drives ahead on climate with government emissions cuts

Obama order steep cuts in government emissions, aiming to spur global action on climate

Friday - 03/20/2015, 11:26am EDT

Energy's new CIO to be political appointee

Michael Johnson heads over to the Energy Department from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. He starts on March 10.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:22pm EST

Why we stay: SES in their own words

The SES has lost its luster in recent years, in part because of constrained program budgets, increased scrutiny from Congress, and a sense among members that political appointees are assuming more of the leadership responsibilities once reserved for them. In part two of our special report, Fixing the SES, five Senior Executive Service members tell Federal News Radio why they choose to stay in the service, and why they believe the SES may have its faults, but it's not broken.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Government innovation? It gets an 'A' for effort

Federal Drive host Tom Temin reports that agencies and companies at a recent technology conference are betting on innovation.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:56am EST

Moniz demands more accountability in Energy projects

The Energy secretary is shaking up the department to improve accountability. Project managers will assume more responsibility and face harsher consequences if they fail to meet major targets. Some contractors already have felt the difference, and it isn't pretty.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:57am EST
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Ernest Moniz, Secretary, Energy Department

President Barack Obama told agency leaders to focus on management, streamline programs and improve customer service. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz took the directive to heart. He restructured the department a year ago to create a new undersecretary of performance and management. Now, he says he is stopping expensive project overruns and scheduling delays. Before his first major speech on the newest changes, Ernest Moniz sat down with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:20pm EST
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Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

The same program that funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy, is now showing some success stories.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 02:00am EST

Barbara Helland, Department of Energy

New supercomputing technology under development at the Energy Department carries a price tag of $425 million. An explosion in data and in computing power requirements are among the challenges. Secretary Ernest Moniz says the two projects, Coral and FastForward 2, will foster what he calls "transformational advancements in basic science, national defense, environmental and energy research." Barbara Helland is facilities division director for Advanced Scientific Computing Research program at Energy. She just returned from a Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:01am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

An energy inspector general investigation has found several problems with the way Sandia National Laboratories awarded billions of dollars in maintenance and operations contracts to Lockheed Martin. The IG found a lack of competition and violation of at least one important statute. In this week's legal loop, attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Driveto explain what this investigation means for Sandia Martin.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:40am EST
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GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST

Energy rebounds from cyber attack thanks to new IT asset tracking tool

The Energy Department developed a new tool to ensure outdated software doesn't remain on its network to create cyber vulnerabilities. Rick Lauderdale, Energy's chief architect, said business and mission leaders receive a dashboard view of potential problems.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Rick Lauderdale, Chief Architect, Energy Department

The Energy Department has a new tool to help ensure an agency updates outdated software before it becomes a security risk. It's a good outcome from a bad event. Last year's cyber breach exposed data of more than 50,000 employees. Rick Lauderdale, Energy's chief architect, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about a new approach to give business leaders the data to make better risk-based cyber decisions.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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The energy behind the Department of Energy

What are key management and operational challenges facing the U.S. Department of Energy? How is Energy progressing with its environmental management clean up? How is Energy changing the way it does mission support? Join host Michael Keegan next week as he explores these questions and much more with David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management & Performance within the U.S. Department of Energy.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 01:01pm EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

Ken Sandler, Sustainability and Green Building Advisor, GSA

The Army needs big solutions if it wants to generate as much energy as it consumes by 2020. It's using the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs as a testing ground for the Net-Zero Energy Initiative. The General Services Administration identifies four ideas that could help Fort Carson reach big energy breakthroughs. It's also partnering with the Army and Energy Department to measure Fort Carson's progress so far. Ken Sandler is the sustainability and green building advisor within the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told In Depth with Francis Rose what Fort Carson has done so far.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Energy Department

The Energy Department is spending $67 million in research grants it hopes will lead to the nuclear technology of tomorrow. Research projects have been selected based on potential for big breakthroughs. Pete Lyons, assistant secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Energy Department, broke down the numbers with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 06:58am EDT
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Energy CIO Brese to leave government

Bob Brese is leaving government after almost 30 years, including the last 11 at the Energy Department.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 11:41am EDT
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