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Federal CIO VanRoekel leaving post for new role at USAID

VanRoekel will advise the agency's senior leadership on using technology and data to help coordinate the government's response to the crisis. This is his second stint at USAID. Lisa Schlosser will be the interim federal CIO.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:01am EDT

Tom Staal, U.S. Agency for International Development

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Agency for International Development is managing four major humanitarian crises at the same time. Disaster response experts are in Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and West Africa. Thomas Staal is senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's efforts.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:27am EDT
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Jill Boezwinkle, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is making drinking water safer in Kenya and Uganda. It's a bread and butter issue for the development agency, but the solution is different. Jill Boezwinkle has taken a crowd-sourced idea and turned it into reality in the Dispensers for Safe Water program. Now, she is a finalist in the national security and international affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss her role in the Dispensers for Safe Water program.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Jason Fleming, Development Credit Authority, USAID

A small team at the U.S. Agency for International Development is helping developing nations find financial aid. Jason Fleming is the Latin America-Caribbean and Europe-Eurasia Team Leader of the Development Credit Authority. So far, he and his team have generated more than $1 billion in financial assistance for 42 developing countries. For that work, they're finalists in the Call To Service category in this year's Service to America medals. He explained how the agency's loan guarantee program works on In Depth with Jared Serbu. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists or read a Q&A with Jason Fleming

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:32pm EDT
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USAID teams innovate to find $1B in aid for developing countries

The U.S. Agency for International Development is helping build hospitals and medical centers around the world by channeling smart investments through commercial banks in developing countries.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:50pm EDT

Jonathan Addleton, Ambassador, U.S. Agency for International Development

Recent headlines suggest federal agencies do not always look kindly on whistleblowers in their ranks. Most recently, the Veterans Affairs Department stands accused of tamping down dissent over mismanagement of its health care system. But an awards ceremony at the State Department today is honoring some federal employees for sticking out their necks and challenging their leaders. The American Foreign Service Association is giving four career diplomats the Constructive Dissent Award. Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, currently regional USAID mission director for the Central Asian Republics, is one of the honorees. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what led to his nomination.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Stability, development, and security during the Afghanistan transition

How has USAID sought to promote stability and order in Afghanistan? What is USAID's three-fold transition strategy? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Larry Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator & Director, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 04:02pm EDT

Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

Security breaches in government and the private sector show that no network is completely safe. Now with funding from the State Department and USAID, the New America Foundation is promoting the idea of what it calls mesh networks small, home-built communications systems that don't rely on the Internet. Sascha Meinrath is the founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said the networks can support things like phone service, file sharing, and instant messaging.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:42am EDT
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Andy Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa, USAID

Nearly a year ago, the White House promised it would help sub-Saharan Africa turn the lights on. More than two-thirds of people there live without electricity. The Power Africa initiative includes a dozen federal agencies, six African countries and corporate partners. Andy Herscowitz coordinates the effort on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the initiative.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 01:52pm EDT
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Larry Sampler, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is looking for a new way to protect its more than $15 billion of investments in Afghanistan. With most U.S. troops leaving this year, development workers expect it will be harder to eyeball construction in remote areas of the country. USAID has a new technology project to keep tabs on its investments. Larry Sampler, assistant to the administrator in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Office at USAID, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the agency's plan. Read Associated Press' related article.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 09:11am EDT
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Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, GAO

The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:54am EDT
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U.S. goes high-tech to help oversee Afghan aid work

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency wants to step up use of smartphones, satellite imagery and GPS cameras to oversee tax-funded development projects in Afghanistan that aid workers no longer will be able to observe firsthand as American troops leave the country.

Sunday - 03/16/2014, 11:50pm EDT

DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
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State Department utilizing college talent virtually

The State Department is enlisting digital- and media-savvy college students to complete short- and long-term diplomacy tasks remotely.

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 04:43pm EDT

Charge disclosed in Cuban spying against US

Charge in Cuban spy case unsealed, accusing ex-State Dept. officer of conspiracy

Friday - 04/26/2013, 03:48pm EDT

Fed Cup drops 4th singles after 3-0 lead

Fed Cup changes rules on dead matches to make competition 'more player-friendly'

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 05:40pm EST

Possible USAID bid rigging probed

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible contract rigging by the general counsel at the government agency that distributes foreign aid.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 09:02am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 6, 2012

Kathleen Frisbee talks about mobile efforts at the Veterans Health Administration. Richard Buangan of the State Department talks about an agency Twitter account that tweets off-message. Ticora Jones discusses new development labs built with seed money from USAID.

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 09:43am EST

Small business contracting goal remains elusive

The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities with small business, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to share best practices. Yet the federal government on a whole has continued to miss its 23 percent small business contracting goal. Federal News Radio examines this issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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Few retired feds cash in on dual compensation

Among six federal agencies surveyed, few are using a defense waiver allowing partially retired workers to collect a salary and their full pension benefit, a new Government Accountability Office report says.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 04:01pm EDT
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