Federal Drive Interviews — Dec. 12, 2012

Dr. A. Hunter Fanney talks about a house the NIST Engineering Lab is using to study green technologies. Dr. Cheryl Martin discusses the Energy Department's rece...

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Today’s guests:

Dr. A. Hunter Fanneychief, Energy and Environment Division, NIST’s Engineering Lab

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It looks like a typical four-bedroom suburban home. Some might even call it a McMansion. But you won’t find a family of four inside this house on the Gaithersburg, Md., campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Scientists are using it as a lab for green technologies that any suburban family could adopt at home.

Photos of NIST’s house.

Dr. Cheryl Martindeputy director, Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy Department

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No one is certain what the nation’s energy future will look like. That’s why the Energy Department has been placing small bets on a variety of promising new technologies. It just concluded a round of grants totaling $130 million.

Arthur Steinfinancial planner and former federal manager

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Twenty-five years ago, the Federal Employee Retirement System superseded the Civil Servant Retirement System. In the years since, how has FERS served federal workers? This is part of our Special Report, FERS: 25 Years Later.

Pete Kasperowiczstaff writer, The Hill

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Time is ticking for the 112th Congress. There aren’t a lot of working days left in the session — but lots of work to do. How much of it will actually be done? Pete Kasperowicz, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper, joins the Federal Drive, to discuss several bills in Congress that matter to you.


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