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Department of Energy News

Companies stick agencies with retirement bill

Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says the government is paying for private employees' retirements has been a legitimate business expense for years under cost-accounting standards.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 12:30pm EST
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Better IT governance helping some agencies reduce duplication

Energy, DHS and DoD CIOs told House lawmakers how each of their agencies is reducing duplicative systems. GAO released its latest report on the IT dashboard and found the three agencies need to improve how they categorize projects.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 07:11am EST
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Discretionary Budget Authority 2008-2013

A look at the discretionary budget authority for Cabinet-level agencies from 2008-2013.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:19am EST

Los Alamos un-crackable cyber technology close to commercialization

Jane Nordholt, a technical staff member in Applied Modern Physics at Los Alamos, explains how the technology could change cybersecurity as we know it.

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 08:04am EST
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Fermi Lab to speed up commercialization of discoveries

At the Fermi National Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., the scientific specialty is particle acceleration. The lab is also on a mission to accelerate commercialization of particle discoveries.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:54am EST
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New effort aims att securing critical infrastructure computers

The White House launches a new initiative to better secure the computers that run critical infrastructure like power plants and water systems.

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 09:16am EST

Ames National Lab's investment in solder research pays off

Two decades ago, the Ames National Laboratory on the Iowa State University campus started developing an environmentally-friendly, lead-free solder that is paying dividends today.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 11:07am EST
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2012 R&D budget winners and losers

An analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science found the 2012 budget for research and development will make investments into energy and environment research and cut R&D at the Defense Department and NASA.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:33am EST

Energy aims to improve security of electric grid

Energy Department wants to develop a cybersecurity maturity model grid operators can measure themselves against.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 08:51am EST

Kane named 'CHCO of the Year' for online training, performance evaluation work

The Energy Department is one of six agencies testing a framework aimed at revamping one of the thorniest issues in government: how supervisors evaluate employees. Chief Human Capital Officer Mike Kane led a working group of more than 100 union, management and government representatives who drafted the framework. He earned the "Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year" award from the CHCO Council.

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 07:21pm EST
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GAO: Green building projects lack performance measures

GAO examined 94 federal projects run by 11 agencies. Three agencies oversaw a majority of these projects the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 10:24am EST
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Top GOP policy issues at a glance

House Republicans have dotted nine remaining spending bills with well more than 100 "riders" that would redirect government policy or maintain it in some cases despite objections from President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Most are unlikely to survive in final negotiations on a massive bill for funding government operations through next September.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 02:42am EST

IGs push for greater whistleblower protections for contractors

Whistleblowers at government contractors need better protections against reprisal and need to know how to contact agency inspectors general. Two IGs and a whistleblower awaiting trial were among the witnesses at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. It is considering legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to all contractors, subcontractors and local governments receiving federal funds.

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 04:26pm EST
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OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm EST

FERC works on FISMA compliance

Sanjay Sardar, FERC's CIO, joined to discuss the agency's FISMA stance.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 06:22pm EST
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Obama commits to $2B in energy upgrades to federal buildings

Agencies must look for projects to enter into Energy Savings Performance Contracts over the next two years. The effort will cost the government no upfront money. The contractors pay for the energy efficiencies and get paid by the utility savings the department receives. The Army, the Air Force and GSA already are using these contracts.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 05:28am EST
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Savannah River making up for lost IT time

Phil Cirrulli, the chief information officer for the managing and operations contractor for the site, is improving the national lab's infrastructure to support widespread wireless access. He also is shutting down legacy mainframe systems after implementing a new ERP system.
December 1, 2011

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 10:31pm EST
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Obama fills key posts in State, Energy

President Obama said he intends to nominate key posts in the departments of State and Energy, according to a White House release.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:35am EST

Top GOP aide for House panel has ties to Solyndra

The top GOP aide to a House committee investigating Solyndra Inc. once worked for a lobbying firm that helped the now-bankrupt solar company apply for a half-billion-dollar federal loan.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 06:42pm EST

Energy lab's move to Google apps allows flexibility, scalability

Brent Stacey is chief information officer and information management director at the Idaho National Lab.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 06:34pm EST
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