Energy

  • Jack Surash: What’s Army’s energy future?

    Despite wrestling with a less than ideal budget, the Army is trying to keep energy resilient in the 21st century. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione talks with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability Jack Surash on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the Army’s energy future.

  • Agencies team up to increase police protection

    In today’s Federal Newscast, three federal agencies launch a new network to quickly relay information about individuals considered a threat to police officers.

  • American Readiness: Technological Innovation in Energy and Fuel

    The federal government has been on a drive to economize on energy since Middle East oil embargoes of the 1970s. In more recent times, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the government’s buildings and vehicles have joined efforts to reduce spending on fuel.

    For the armed services, more efficient use of fuel and greater energy self-sufficiency are matters of readiness, agility and, ultimately, the ability to prevail in war. That’s why military leaders are undertaking a broad range of energy efficiency efforts encompassing installations, ground vehicles, ships and planes.

  • Air Force wants to buy energy resiliency as a service

    The Air Force is beginning to explore the idea of asking a single provider to take over the complicated web of business arrangements that power its bases and support its energy resiliency strategies, and replace them with a new model: Energy as a service.

  • Navy eyes miniature nuclear reactors to power its bases

    Navy Secretary says the maritime services haven’t devoted much attention to nuclear as a shore-side “alternative” energy option thus far, but it’s time to start.

  • Report card day: Agencies remain average or below on IT reforms

    House lawmakers are set to release the second scorecard grading agencies’ implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the progress across all four categories is limited.

  • 2017 budget breakdown

    Here’s a breakdown of major agencies and the proposed funding amounts for fiscal 2017, which are included the President Obama’s $1.1 trillion budget.

  • DoD’s ‘third offset’ includes many small bets, willingness to fail

    Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said DoD must accept more risk in its funding of new technologies. Topics of interest include big data and energy production and storage.

  • New Army energy strategy: security, sustainability among goals

    The Army has released its new Energy Security and Sustainability Strategy, designed to enhance the force’s readiness, capabilities, and performance. The strategy includes five goals. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment, was my guest to review each of the five goals, and explain how the Army will meet them.

  • Katherine Hammack: Army has its eye on energy

    Thursday isn’t just the beginning of the new fiscal year. It’s the first day of Energy Action Month. It’s an important month for the Army. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why Energy Action Month matters to the Army and what it will mean for the force’s mission.

  • On DoD: Air Force modernizes its bases through utility privatization

    Air Force works to manage on-base utility costs through advanced metering initiative and privatization of aging infrastructure.

  • 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.

  • 5 goals from Obama’s 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay?

    By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a “Year of Action,” and he can claim credit for accomplishing several of the…

  • 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.

  • 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.