Green is the color of sustainability…and money. The Federal Green Challenge honors agencies that take big strides to reduce waste and conserve energy. The 2013 winners were announced recently. One of the agencies to come out on top in multiple categories is the U.S. Postal Service. Thomas Day, the chief sustainability officer at the U.S. Postal Service, spoke with Francis about what his agency is doing to make a difference on the environment.
Gwynne Kostin Director, Digital Services Innovation Center Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration
Sharing lessons learned is a two-way street — there’s the learning part and then the teaching part. Gwynne Kostin, director of the Digital Services Innovation Center at the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies within the General Services Administration, talked about sharing lessons learned at the Management of Change conference recently. Francis asked her to join him for an interview to further examine that topic.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy wants to cut the amount of money the government pays to contractor executives. The proposal would set the ceiling at $400,000 per year, about half the current amount. Lee Dougherty, a partner at Fluet Huber and Hong, recently wrote a column on the plan for the Washington Business Journal. He spoke to Francis about his thoughts on the topic.
Rhett Jeppson Associate Administrator, Office of Veterans Business Development Small Business Administration
Veterans looking for business opportunities can get some new help from the Small Business Administration. The SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative will bring together national, regional and community banks to help jump start aspiring veteran entrepreneurs. Rhett Jeppson, associate administrator of the Office of Veterans Business Development at SBA, joined Francis to discuss the new program.
On today’s edition of Industry Chatter, Francis speaks with Brian Garr, CEO of LinguaSys. LinguaSys is a provider of human language technologies, producing multilingual text analytics and natural language processing software.
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The furlough landscape in the federal government is shifting more than people ever expected. The Environmental Protection Agency is cutting the second phase of its furloughs. Francis talked with fellow Federal News Radio host Tom Temin about the agency’s new furlough plan. Listen to their conversation.
Saturday’s a big day in information technology for the Marine Corps. The service will officially transition from the privately-run Navy-Marine Corps intranet that’s been the backbone of its IT capability for the last dozen years, and take control of its own network operations. Read Jared Serbu’s article or listen to his report.
James Comey is the White House nominee to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was deputy attorney general in the Bush Administration. If the Senate confirms him, he’ll replace current FBI Director Robert Mueller. Director Mueller is already laying the budget groundwork for the next director. He testified recently before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. He said the FBI’s budget plan must evolve as quickly as the threats to our nation. Read or listen to the testimony.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.