Interior plans year-round federal firefighter workforce

The permanent federal firefighting force should help combat a longer fire season, the department says.

How the government could become the next Airbnb

Emerging and established technologies hold great potential for addressing our nation's evolving challenges; the trick is in helping government agencies integrate them into their operations.

Interior IG: USGS director retaliated against whistleblower

A watchdog report alleges that an "impermissible, retaliatory motive" was behind the reassignment of a whistleblower at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Federal court ruling sidelines acting head of Bureau of Land Management

A federal district court ruled Sept. 25 that Pendley's appointment as acting director of BLM was unlawful under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

Interior awards $482M EIS task order

The Department of the Interior signed another sizeable task order this month for telephone services under the General Services Administration's $50 billion, next-generation telecommunications contract.

Recent EIS activity goes on the books

The Department of the Interior, the Council on Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and the Defense Information Systems Agency spent the summer awarding Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions task orders.

Sen. Hassan digs into agency IT plans

The push comes, the New Hampshire Democrat explained, because of technology weaknesses exposed in the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temporary Excused Paid Leave sounds good but is hard to come by

Feds with dependent care responsibilities that stretch them to the breaking point have a stopgap once leave options are exhausted, but many agencies are reluctant to put it in play.

Bureau of Indian Affairs wants new computer contract

The agency that provides services to hundreds of Native American tribes wants a multivendor computer hardware contract that allows its agencies to comply with set-aside goals and unite sometimes fragmented buying.

CenturyLink wins $1.6 billion telecom task order from Interior

After a protest from rival Verizon failed, CenturyLink emerged as the winner of the Interior Department's telecom modernization task order under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.

BLM begins move out of Washington

The decision to relocate staff could disrupt key relationships with Congress and OMB and set the stage for a dismantling of the agency, say former employees.

GAO highlights security threats to federal employees

Extremist views on public land control put federal employees at risk, and government officials have played a part, according to the chairwoman of a House subcommittee.

Dems push back on BLM relocation plan

Two senior lawmakers want the Bureau of Land Management to halt its plan to relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado.

Chinese drone maker tries to quell talk of data siphoning

DJI's U.S. operation tells lawmakers its technology is secure and is approved for use by state, local and federal agencies.

RPA: 'It's entry-level AI'

How robotic process automation is helping automate tedious back-office processes at federal agencies.

House to probe legality of making feds work during shutdowns

A House panel is probing the legal gray area of excepted operations during a lapse in appropriations.

Democrats to offer four bills to reopen much of government

On day 18 of the partial government shutdown, Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unveiled the House Democrats' plan to reopen government, calling the need to end the shutdown a top priority.