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Agencies have a long way to go to reach data-centricity

USDA, DHS and Transportation are taking steps to implement OMB's May 2013 open data policy. Each agency faces policy and process challenges, but they say progress is starting.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:04am EST
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Anne-Marie Fennell, Natural Resources Director, GAO

The total price for professional services contracts at the Agriculture Department is about $2 billion over the last four years. The Office of Management and Budget says those types of contracts can be very risky for you to use. Anne-Marie Fennell is Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said with risk factors in mind, USDA needs to strengthen its oversight of professional services contracts.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:22pm EST
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Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Experiments with agile development are underway at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service. The agency is borrowing ways to run some technology projects from agencies like the Health and Human Services Department, but the concept might not be one-size-fits-all. Rory Schultz is Deputy Chief Information Officer of FNS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said his agency still has a lot of testing to do, and also needs to double-check to make sure it's legal.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Mike Espy, Former Secretary of the Agriculture Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They'll take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government, and reporting to Congress. Newly elected fellow Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the Agriculture Department, and now a county attorney in Mississippi. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Bill Hohenstein, Director, USDA's Climate Change Program Office

There's a new resource to help those in the agricultural community adjust to the challenges of climate change. The USDA Climate Hubs website launched last week. The site provides a wealth of information from the latest research data, conservation programs and financial assistance to emergency contact information and procedure for each region. Bill Hohenstein, director of USDA's Climate Change Program Office, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Feds Feed Families has 'knock-out' summer campaign

Federal employees donated 14.4 million pounds of food to food banks nationwide as part of Feds Feeds Families summer campaign.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:56pm EDT

The Odd Couple: Salesforce and government IT

David Rey, senior vice president at Salesforce will discuss how his company can help the federal government with its cloud computing needs, and Curtis Wilburn, director of Operations at the USDA Office of Operations will talk about how Salesforce helped his agency move to the cloud.
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Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 08:48pm EDT
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Helpdesk award continues USDA's trek toward more shared services

Cheryl Cook, USDA's CIO, said the Forest Service awarded a contract to AbilityOne for tier one helpdesk services. This is one of several enterprisewide services the agency is creating to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 12:26pm EDT
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US to train veterans to install solar panels

The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 11:00am EDT

Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary, Agriculture Department

The Agriculture Department is trying to bring new and younger blood into farming and ranching. It has launched a website to serve as a one-stop resource for new farmers. That's just the latest move. Krysta Harden is deputy secretary at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said a lot of initiatives are needed, considering the average U.S. farmer or rancher is 58 years old.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:53am EDT
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USDA shares 'secret weapon' in Feds Feed Families donation campaign

Federal employees at the Department of Agriculture donated more food during the 2013 Feds Feed Families campaign than any other large agency. USDA is now sharing its secret weapon with other agencies in the hope it will help the government, as a whole, reach its goal of 10 million pounds of donated food in 2014.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:43am EDT
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Karen Comfort, National Program Manager, Feds Feed Families

It's time to rummage through your pantry. Feds Feed Families is in full swing. The annual food drive is a collaborative effort led by the Agriculture Department with help from the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and other agencies. Last year federal employees donated nearly 9 million pounds of food. Karen Comfort, national program manager for Feds Feed Families, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about this year's goals. Read a related story.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:01am EDT
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6th annual Feds Feed Families campaign kicks off for summer

The sixth annual Feds Feed Families campaign is now underway for the summer after a kick-off event on Monday. The theme of this year is to "Help Knock Out Hunger."

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 10:03am EDT

Agencies rev up for 2014 Feds Feed Families food drive

June 1 marks the start of the sixth annual Feds Feed Families event where federal employees donate food items and their time to help the hungry. Last year's drive netted 9 million pounds of donated food.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:15pm EDT

USDA joins the ranks of the financial shared services providers

The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department Friday announced they recertified the departments of Interior, Treasury and Transportation and added USDA to be the support pylons of its financial management shared services initiative. GSA is no longer an approved provider, and it's unclear where its 44 customers will migrate to next.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:59am EDT

'Broken' pay system driving SES out of government

More than half of senior executives surveyed by the Senior Executives Association are reporting "low" or "very low" morale with their jobs. The problem lies with a pay-for-performance system where some supervisors make less money than the people they lead. Increasing numbers of senior executive service members are ready to leave the federal government altogether.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

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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Bill Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office, USDA

Wildfires, floods and invasive pests are just some of the natural risks that farmers and other rural landowners are facing at an increased rate. Now, the Agriculture Department has a plan to help combat those risks. Last month, it launched the first Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. The seven hubs will provide information to farmers. Bill Hohenstein, director of USDA's Climate Change Program Office, spoke with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the goals of the program.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 01:13pm EDT
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Panel: Digital technologies changing how agencies communicate -- both inside and out

Agencies across government are leveraging digital technologies to both embark on new initiatives and enhance existing ones. The growing adoption of mobile devices, cloud computing technologies and wireless capabilities allows agencies to conduct unique outreach efforts and makes the agencies, themselves, more flexible workplaces. Agency technology officials discussed both issues as part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 05:08pm EST
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3 takeways from HealthCare.gov IT hearing; First task order for continuous monitoring is out

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 05:20pm EST
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