Tag Archives: Environmental Protection Agency

Former FEMA Officer Deanne Criswell Gets Agency Administrator Nomination

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Deanne Criswell, who worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2011 to 2017, was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as administrator of FEMA. Biden also chose David Cohen, former deputy director of the CIA and current head of WilmerHale’s business and financial integrity group, to assume the position he held at the agency from 2015 to 2017.

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Biden Picks Rep. Deb Haaland, Jennifer Granholm for Interior Dept, DOE Leadership Roles

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), and Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, to be secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). Haaland and Granholm are among the nominees and appointees to the incoming administration’s climate team.

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EPA Provides Updates on Lean Management System Implementation; Mary Walker Quoted

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deployed to 83 percent of the organization a system that uses lean principles to achieve continuous process improvement. The EPA Lean Management System (ELMS) has six components and those are visual management, problem solving, cascading performance measures, standard process, leader behaviors and business reviews and huddles.

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Laura Stanton Named Acting Assistant Commissioner for GSA’s IT Category

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Laura Stanton, deputy assistant commissioner for the information technology category at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, will serve as acting assistant commissioner of ITC in June, Federal News Network reported Monday. She will take over the responsibilities of Bill Zielinski, who will step down from his role on June 5 after three decades of federal service to serve as a chief information officer of a large city on the west coast.

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OMB Unveils Cyber Detail Program for Federal Employees; Suzette Kent Quoted

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The Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday announced a cyber detail program that seeks to provide federal employees who have completed cyber training an opportunity to work on cyber projects at other agencies in order to gain practical experience, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday.

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GAO Assesses Public Commenter Identity Management

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The Government Accountability Office has assessed federal agencies' efforts to manage identities of those who comment on public policy. GAO discovered that seven of 10 sample agencies observe internal policy in handling the identities of these commenters in different ways, the accountability agency said in a report publicly released Friday.

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Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak Joins Hitachi Vantara Federal as Chief Data Scientist; Dave Turner Quoted

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Hitachi Vantara Federal announced on Wednesday that Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak has joined the company as the chief data scientist. In the new role, Dr. Nayak will empower customers to better leverage their data through machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics.

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Report: Poor Contract Handling Leads EPA to Pay ‘Unallowable’ Fees

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A new watchdog report shows the Environmental Protection Agency overpaid contractors in a $100 million information technology contract due to poor contract management controls. The audit issued Monday by EPA’s office of inspector general reviewed 11 of 64 invoices released between March 2018 and February 2019 through a single task order under the contract with SRA International. The IG said it received a complaint about EPA’s invoices and payments. 

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