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Department of Energy News

Computing Power Addresses Nuclear Energy Concerns

Scientists at the Nuclear Science and Technology Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab are bringing together decades of nuclear energy and safety expertise with high-performance computing to effectively address a range of nuclear energy - and security-related - challenges. One of the goals of the Lab's Nuclear Science and Technology Division is to bring together what we know about nuclear energy, nuclear national security modeling, and simulation capabilities with high-performance computing. That will solve problems that were previously unthinkable, or impractical, in terms of the computing power required to address them. One example is using computational methods and software to simulate radiation, in order to support the design and safety of nuclear facilities.

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 07:57pm EDT

DoD to host a performance symposium open to all

500 performance improvement leaders from across the Department of Defense, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Agencies and activities, and federal government agencies get ready to gather and compare notes, and you're invited! We get details from J. D. Sicilia, the director of the Defense Department's Lean Six Sigma Program Office.

Tuesday - 05/18/2010, 10:31am EDT
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Energy Use Website

A new website has been launched that communicates essential information about America's energy situation, based on the vast holdings of reports from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. A finalist for the Webby Award in the category of science, the site called "What You Need to Know About Energy" provides an overview of our current energy system in the United States, and covers the uses for energy, sources of energy, the cost of energy including to cost to the environment, national security, and sustainability, and energy efficiency. It identifies each of the energy sources we rely on today - ranging from wind to nuclear to oil - and tracks how each is used. You'll find it at needtoknow.nas.edu.

Monday - 05/10/2010, 02:26pm EDT

A day of thank yous to federal employees

Senior administration officials encourage and promote federal service during Public Service Recognition Week. President Obama sends letter recognizing federal, state and local government employees.

Friday - 05/07/2010, 06:55am EDT
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ARPA-E seeks to change future energy technologies

New arm of the Department of Energy hopes to be what DARPA is for DoD.

Friday - 04/30/2010, 08:00pm EDT
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NNSA looks cut costs while growing efficiences

After more than two years of review, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has announced its new acquisition strategy decision for key contracts. We get details from Patty Wagner, site office manager at Sandia National Laboratories

Wednesday - 04/14/2010, 09:43am EDT
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Energy - Smart Grid

The Department of Energy is awarding nearly $100 million for 54 smart grid workforce training programs that Secretary Steven Chu says will help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries.

The projects will leverage more than $95 million in funding from community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers to develop and implement training programs that will train approximately 30-thousand Americans in an effort to modernize the nation's electrical grid, and implement smart grid technologies in communities across the country.

The programs will focus on training activities that support electricians, line workers, technicians, system operators, power system engineers, cyber security specialists and transmission planners.

The funding builds on more than $4 billion in Recovery Act funding for smart grid deployment and demonstration projects nationally.

Friday - 04/09/2010, 07:14pm EDT

GOVERNMENT …as Avatar

Alan P. Balutis
Director and Distinguished Fellow
Cisco Business Solutions Group

Thursday - 04/08/2010, 03:56pm EDT

Don't waste your teleworking dollars

When considering how to save money and "what not to buy in 2010", remember that teleworkers have some special considerations.

Sunday - 01/24/2010, 11:30pm EST

CIO Council panel to take buzz out of cloud computing

New group surveyed CIOs to find out what questions they had about this technology and received more than 15 pages of comments. The panel created working groups to address many of the questions. Group will send recommendations to an executive steering committee for action.

Monday - 11/09/2009, 06:42pm EST
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Let the sunshine!

The U.S. Army has picked two firms -- Clark Energy Group of Bethesda, and Acciona Solar Power of Henderson, Nevada -- to help develop and build the largest solar power array in the Department of Defense. It will be built at Fort Irwin, in California's Mojave Desert. When complete, the solar farm will generate 500 megawatts using photovoltaic cells, and solar concentrators, which turns the heat of the sun into electricity.

Monday - 08/03/2009, 12:39pm EDT

Vendor past performance data not up to par

Agencies making contract awards without fully understanding the contractor's past successes or failures. GAO makes six recommendations to improve and standardize the information.

Tuesday - 05/26/2009, 04:18pm EDT

The Climate of the Climate Bill

Wednesday - 05/20/2009, 09:05am EDT
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EPA sets Energy Star ratings for servers

Standards part of broader plan to help reduce data center energy usage. Energy also has tool to measure data center power usage.

Monday - 05/18/2009, 03:38pm EDT

Agencies must deal with Recovery Act stress

OMB developing data standards to reduce strain on governmentwide systems

Wednesday - 04/15/2009, 07:56pm EDT
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Paintin' a data center green

Paul Scheihing
Technology Manager
Department of Energy
April 14th, 2009

Tuesday - 04/14/2009, 01:00pm EDT

OFPP trying to stem the use of cost-plus contracting

Cost-type contracts nearly double over the last eight years.

Monday - 04/13/2009, 02:04pm EDT

Obama to nominate Guthrie to be ODNI CIO

President Obama announces more key administration posts

Monday - 03/23/2009, 12:55pm EDT

Split the Atom, Join the Efforts

Thursday - 03/19/2009, 10:37am EDT
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