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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

Brian Hitson, Office of Science and Technical Information, Energy Department

Following a White House directive, the Energy Department is putting the research it funds on a fast track to the public. It has launched a web portal it calls the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). It will provide free public access to accepted peer reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. Brian Hitson, acting director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained why DoE launched the portal.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Army focuses energy investments on soldier power

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry should not look to the military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 05:02am EDT
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Cymbalsky builds consensus for new energy conservation standards

John Cymbalsky reached out to industry, environmental groups and consumers to quickly reach a consensus on new energy conservation standards for commercial equipment and residential appliances.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:11pm EDT

Agencies use of renewable energy at all-time high

Agencies released sustainability scorecards showing progress toward green goals. Overall, agencies have exceeded goals and reduced greenhouse gases, pollution and waste and increased renewables.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 06:20am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Category management launches five pilots; more vendor past performance data

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:51pm 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

Jason Black, Research Leader, Battelle

By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness. Threats to the electrical grid aren't just from cybersecurity, but also from a lack of physical security. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Battelle Memorial Institute to look into security of the bulk electricity system. Jason Black is the research leader at Battelle. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about his findings.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:10am EDT
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John Cymbalsky, Energy Department

An Energy Department program designed to help consumers save money and the environment wasn't doing so well. It was hampered by lawsuits and a tug-of war between manufacturers and environmental groups. Then John Cymbalsky became program manager in 2010. Since then, the Energy Department has spit out energy-efficiency standards at double the pace. Now, he's nominated for a 2014 Sammies award. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what he did differently to fix the program. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:05am EDT
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Don Kettl, Professor, University of Maryland

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has filled out its leadership under an unusual political deal. The Senate has confirmed the agency's Enforcement Chief Norman Bay to chair the commission. But he will have to wait nine months. In the interim, Acting Chairman Cheryl LeFleur will continue to lead the agency. Bay will serve as a board member while learning the ropes. Don Kettl is a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual case.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 10:59am EDT
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GSA task force plans for future net-zero energy buildings

The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:50pm EDT

Administration empowering agencies for more lab-to-market innovation

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Energy are simplifying intellectual property licensing, and encouraging more private sector involvement in federally-funded research and development.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 02:21pm EDT

Camsie McAdams, Deputy Director, Office of STEM, Department of Education

The government is in the biggest drive to promote STEM since the Sputnik era. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The country needs more students to become interested in these vital fields. Now the Education Department and NASA have teamed up in a novel approach attract students to STEM. Camsie McAdams is the deputy director of the STEM office at Education. She spoke with Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:47pm EDT
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Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists

Federal officials have zeroed in on the cause of the radiation leak at the government's nuclear dump in New Mexico. It's kitty litter! Los Alamos National Lab packed hundreds of barrels with the stuff. Some made it to the dump. Others went to storage in Texas. And still more are at the lab. It's thrown the nation's nuclear waste system into chaos. Edwin Lyman is a Senior Scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with an update on the situation in New Mexico.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:33am EDT
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From cyber to mobility, Energy CIO Bob Brese answers your IT questions

Bob Brese, chief information officer at the Department of Energy, joins Federal News Radio's Jason Miller for an online chat.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Energy's new plug-and-play technology infrastructure

Energy Department CIO Bob Brese said the launch of the OneNNSA network provides seamless identity management and collaboration services in the cloud.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 07:35am EDT
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Understanding psychology of insider threats could stop the next one

Everyday behavior of your coworkers could be a sign of a looming insider attack. A new report explains what to watch out for and how agencies can try and predict the next threat.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 05:40pm EDT
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