Lauren Larson

  • Federal offices of the future could resemble your back patio

    In the future, federal offices could be more like patios – where furniture is adjustable and moveable for whatever task or project is at hand, say experts at the General Services Administration. In our special report, The Federal Office of the Future, we examine the research behind the decision to make office spaces more flexible.

  • Sen. Cardin tries to reassure SSA employees after data breach

    The Maryland Democrat hosts his third town hall with federal employees since March answering questions on a series of hot-button issues.

  • Ask the CHCO – Mary Pletcher of the Department of Interior

    On this edition of ”Ask the CHCO”, host Lauren Larson interviews Mary Pletcher, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity at the Department of Interior about the scope of human capital at the agency.

  • Agencies’ hiring of veterans hits all-time high in 2014

    Veterans accounted for one of every three federal civilian new hires last year, according to the President’s Council on Veterans Employment.

  • Joshua Kneifel, Research Economist, NIST

    When architects and engineers design buildings, they have to meet local building codes. But, simply meeting those codes won’t ensure you have the most efficient design for the long haul. Joshua Kneifel is a research economist in the engineering laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson about a new tool NIST engineers developed that lets builders measure the economic and environmental impacts of everything from the floor to the roof.

  • Saving money by making money: One engineer’s quest saves millions at the US Mint

    A savings of $2 million per year is now being realized at the U.S. Mint after an innovative engineer stepped out of the box and asked a friend at another federal agency for help. In part three of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio takes you inside the lab where a group of engineers and nanotribologists combined their expertise to solve a coin-making problem and, in turn, saved a lot of cash.

  • Do’s and don’ts for feds on vacation

    Federal employees are a prime target for hackers and other bad guys when on vacation. Learn 12 tips for keeping you and your federal-issued laptop safe while out of the office this summer.

  • Mike Causey, Lauren Larson, Federal News Radio

    Public Service Recognition Week kicked off yesterday with a 5K run in Anacostia Park and a social media campaign to say thank you in 140 characters. This year’s theme is “Proud to Serve.” Director of the Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta told Federal News’s Radio’s Mike Causey and Lauren Larson why she thinks this week is important. Read Federal News Radio’s related article.

  • DHA sets sights on big savings with joint-first strategy

    The Defense Health Agency is predicting savings of over $2.4 billion in the next five years by reducing duplication between the services, Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, director of DHA, tells Agency of the Month Host Lauren Larson.

  • Lauren Larson, Host, Agency of the Month

    The Defense Health Agency is on a mission to improve health, wellness and readiness across the DoD workforce. It wants to fight obesity and destructive behaviors like smoking and alcohol abuse. Capt. Kim Elenberg is program manager for Population Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. On this week’s episode of our Agency of the Month radio show, she tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson about Operation Live Well. Read Federal News Radio’s related article.