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OSTP's role expanding under new law

The White House agency will help coordinate the process around prize competitions, science and technology education efforts and online access to government data. The America Competes law details several news policy directives for OSTP and other federal scientific agencies.

Thursday - 01/27/2011, 01:53pm EST
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Telework is about to change your agency

The recent passage of the Telework Enhancement Act substantially changes the status of telework throughout government. But how? We get details from Dr. Scott Overmyer, author of a new study.

Monday - 01/24/2011, 10:31am EST
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Partnerships forming for health care reform

As the Nation implements recently enacted health reform legislation, our regional businesses are uniquely qualified to assist the federal government to transform Health IT. Maryland is home to HHS, NIH, FDA, NIST, SSA, and the new Cyber Security Command Center and all of these agencies work with businesses to innovate health information technology. Montgomery County's Barbara Ashe tells us about a way to bring the sectors together.

Tuesday - 01/18/2011, 10:30am EST
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NIH director hits the high notes about science

How to you inspire young people to go into science? If you're the head of the NIH, you sing to them! NIH Director Francis Collins demonstrates.

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 10:00am EDT
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NIH issues $20 billion CIO-SP3 RFP

The GWAC is focused on providing health IT services along with other general technology functions. Vendors must have specific health IT capabilities to bid on the contract. NIH said a small business RFP of the contract will be issued soon.

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 07:10am EDT

Grants Support Biomedical Research in Space

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the first new grants under the Biomedical Research on the International Space Station (or BioMed-ISS) initiative, a collaborative effort between NIH and NASA. Using a special microgravity environment that Earth-based laboratories cannot replicate, researchers will explore fundamental questions about important health issues, such as how bones and the immune system are weakened.

The National Laboratory at the International Space Station provides a virtually gravity-free - or microgravity - environment where the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie human diseases can be explored.

Scientists will conduct their experiments in two stages. The first is a ground-based preparatory phase to allow investigators to meet select milestones and technical requirements. The second is an Space Station experimental phase. That will include preparing the experiments for launch, working with astronauts to conduct them on the Space Station, and then performing subsequent data analyses on Earth.

Tuesday - 09/14/2010, 11:59am EDT

Commerce's Locke promises changes

A new advisory council will provide Commerce and other agencies with ideas for how the government can help push federally-funded technologies into the commercial marketplace. Locke said his agency will do its part by speeding up the patent process to one year and get certain grant funding out in 30 days. Commerce also is working with NIH and NSF on the i6 Challenge where $12 million is available for companies to commercialize technologies.

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 07:24am EDT
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Pentagon has best transportation options for feds

Federal News Radio asked you which agency has the best transportation and parking options as part of our Best of the Federal Government series. The results are now in.

Friday - 09/03/2010, 05:30pm EDT

Vote: Which agency has the best transportation options?

As part of our Best of the Federal Government series, we asked you to nominate the agencies with the best transportation or parking options. Vote now for your favorite!

Friday - 08/27/2010, 03:28pm EDT

Weakest link in federal hiring is at the start

In federal hiring, officials always have to strike a balance: fill the job as quickly as possible, while looking for the right candidate from as big a pool of applicants as possible. A new report suggests evaluating candidates is the weakest part of the entire hiring process.

Friday - 08/27/2010, 07:39am EDT
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Groundbreaking Joint Regenerative Procedure Tests Well

Using a cutting edge process to form new joints inside the body, a team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health has successfully regenerated rabbit joints. The experiment demonstrates that it's possible to grow dissimilar tissues, like cartilage and bone, taken entirely from the host's own cells. The regenerative procedure is performed by stimulating previously irreparable organs or tissues to heal themselves. Three-dimensional structures made of biocompatible and biodegradable materials in the shape of the tissue, are infused with a protein to promote the joint's growth. The approach sidesteps several problems that are typically encountered in trying to transplant cells that are grown externally, such as tissue rejection. Future work could replace arthritic joints in animals and ultimately in arthritis patients who need total joint replacement.

Monday - 08/09/2010, 02:27pm EDT

NIH providing satisfaction on the web

Four federal websites meet or exceed the private sector's highest score. How? Why? We ask Joyce Backus at NIH.

Friday - 07/30/2010, 09:46am EDT
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Power restored to NIH facilities, all open

Power outages affecting workers at the National Institutes of Health have been restored. All employees should report.

Monday - 07/26/2010, 11:13am EDT

Scientists Find HIV-Fighting Antibodies

Scientists led by the National Institutes of Health have discovered antibodies that will prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells. Two potent human antibodies have been found to stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the lab. Scientists have even demonstrated how one of the disease-fighting proteins is able to do it. They found the antibodies using a novel molecular device that homes in on the specific cells that make antibodies that fight HIV. According to the scientists, the antibodies could be used to design improved HIV vaccines, or could be further developed to prevent or treat HIV infection. Moreover, the method used to find the antibodies could be used to find therapeutic antibodies for other infectious diseases.

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:25pm EDT

Thumbs up for NIH's Science in the Cinema

NIH hosts a free film festival designed to promote public understanding of science, health, and medicine. Films with a medical science theme are screened, and an expert on the subject provides a commentary and leads an audience question-and-answer period. Bruce Fuchs, Director of NIH's Office of Science Education, tells us about it.

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 09:31am EDT
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Cool Jobs: DHS vet protects nation through food

Dr. Doug Meckes says his job is more than barns and chicken coops. As director of DHS's Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense Division, he helps secure the nation by protecting our food supply. And he says the role of federal vets is only growing.

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 06:55am EDT
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OFPP tries new approach to reign in MACs

Administrator Gordon says strategic sourcing is one way to ensure the government gets the lowest price and to consolidate existing contracts. Gordon also wants agencies to submit business cases for new multi-agency contracts, but doesn't commit to asking agencies to justify all types of multiple award contracts.

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:40am EDT
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The Smartest Fed Investors Work For...

So who are the smartest TSP investors in government? Are they rocket scientists, economist, medical researchers or postal employees? Take Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's TGIF quiz to test your investment smarts.

Friday - 06/18/2010, 04:00am EDT

NIH faces economic strains in 2011

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health yesterday that the immediate future could be difficult because of poor economic conditions and stimulus funds running dry.

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 05:47pm EDT
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STAR METRICS Promises to Measure Federal Science Investments

A new initiative promises to monitor the impact of federal science investments on employment, the generation of knowledge, and health outcomes, to a degree not previously possible. The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science, or STAR METRICS, is a multi-agency venture that will be lead by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Together, NSF and NIH have committed $1 million for the program's first year. The first phase of the two-phase program will use university administrative records to calculate the employment impact of federal science spending through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and agencies' existing budgets.

Monday - 06/07/2010, 08:50pm EDT
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