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Agencies see IT Dashboard as starting point

EPA CIO Jackson said he wants to dig deeper to improve programs and save money on technology systems. Others are using the data on the dashboard to have a common language across the department.

Friday - 09/17/2010, 07:14am EDT
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EPA's Jackson: IT Dashboard tip of the iceberg

Environmental Protection Agency chief information officer Malcolm Jackson likes the transparency of the IT Dashboard. But Jackson says it only shows the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the health of EPA's technology projects.

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 05:58pm EDT
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OMB begins pruning of financial systems

VA, SBA, EPA and HUD are the first to go through the review process and see dramatic changes. OMB controller Werfel said the goal for each agency is to invest only in top priorities, saving $1 billion a year by eliminating or reducing the size of agency modernization projects.

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 06:58am EDT
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Agencies to challenge citizens for solutions

GSA will unveil the Challenge.gov platform in the next few months where all agency competitions will be posted. Some agencies already are asking experts and employees for help. NASA will run 34 competitions before the end of December.

Wednesday - 09/01/2010, 07:15am EDT
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Software Rapidly Detects Water Contamination

Scientists with the Environmental Protection Agency have collaborated with the Department of Energy to develop new water quality software that enhances a local water system's ability to know when it's been intentionally, or unintentionally, contaminated. It assists both agencies in meeting goals connected to homeland security. Utilities can use the Canary software - in conjunction with a network of sensors - to quickly detect contamination, more accurately assess when and how to respond, and then issue warnings to customers if necessary. The software can help detect chemical and biological contaminants, including pesticides, metals, and pathogens. Canary is available worldwide as a free software tool to drinking water utilities. The software is currently being used by more than 600 users in 15 countries.

Monday - 08/30/2010, 07:26pm EDT

White House recognizes 8 agencies for leadership in transparency

EPA, NASA and Transportation receive two honors each in different categories. Overall 17 agencies received all green scores on the Open Government dashboard.

Monday - 08/16/2010, 02:38pm EDT

Government-led contests work best in procurement

Contests, contests, everywhere...all across government agencies.

Thursday - 08/12/2010, 04:00pm EDT
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Cataract Cases Avoided

A new report predicts that more than 22 million additional cataract cases will be avoided for Americans born between 1985 and the year 2100 - due to the reduction and eventual elimination of ozone depleting substances. UV radiation increases the risk for skin cancer, but also increases the risk for cataracts -- that affects more than 20 million Americans age 40 and older. For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency has been able to include data on cataract risk by gender and skin type. The ozone layer is predicted to recover to pre-1980 levels after the year 2065. In the meantime, under a compromised ozone layer, more UV radiation still reaches the Earth's surface. While treatment for cataracts is widely available in the U.S., the costs are high, with direct medical costs estimated to be $6.8 billion per year.

Monday - 08/09/2010, 02:42pm EDT

CDT's Schwartz takes job at NIST

Long-time privacy and cybersecurity expert to join the government to work on similar issues. EPA's Lisa Schlosser also takes on a new role at her agency.

Friday - 08/06/2010, 03:35pm EDT

FDA, EPA behind curve?

Learn more about the information gaps at the FDA and EPA

Monday - 08/02/2010, 03:42pm EDT

EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse emissions objected

Learn more about efforts to limit the EPA's regulatory authority

Monday - 08/02/2010, 03:19pm EDT

Toxins prove good medicine for collaboration

The Tox21 collaboration merges federal agency resources (research, funding and testing tools) to develop ways to more effectively predict how chemicals will affect human health and the environment. We get details from Robert Kavlock of the EPA.

Wednesday - 07/28/2010, 10:40am EDT
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Inside Government - July 23rd, 2010

Charles Stephenson
Co-author, "The Beat! Go-Go Music From Washington, D.C."
Lisa Schlosser
Director, Information Collection Office of Environmental Information, Environmental Protection Agency
Bob Hill
District Advisor, First Command

Thursday - 07/22/2010, 01:36pm EDT
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Government tools for tracking the Gulf Coast oil spill

Learn more.

Friday - 07/16/2010, 12:58pm EDT

EPA experiences the upside of contracting reforms

OMB issues a fact sheet detailing successes across the government. Agencies are using fewer risky contracts and achieving more competition. One expert, however, wonders if the insourcing initiative is part of the reason for the changes.

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 06:42am EDT
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OMB, GSA hope fourth time is a charm for USA.gov

Agencies launch redesigned governmentwide portal with Microsoft's Bing search engine. As a part of the launch, OMB and GSA make 18 mobile applications available from agencies across the government. Federal CIO Kundra says the government must improve how citizens access information and interact with agencies.

Friday - 07/02/2010, 04:45pm EDT
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Once Upon a Time in Teleworkland

Telework's beginning as an emergency response has a happy ending.

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:18pm EDT

EPA Completes Air Quality Testing At Schools

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed air quality testing outside of 63 schools in 22 states as well as at two tribal schools. The testing was done as part of an unprecedented school air monitoring initiative announced last year to protect children from toxic air pollution around schools. Air samplers using microprocessors and "Intelligent Air Pump"s were used to trap Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds, hexavalent chromium, and other airborne toxins while a Climatronics Sonimometer™ was used to measure wind speeds and direction. EPA experts will now analyze the data to understand whether air quality at these schools poses long-term health concerns for children. The agency has posted preliminary data to its Web site throughout the project to make public the levels of the 62 air toxins the monitors are checking.

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:09pm EDT

New EPA initiative pushes 'green' building

EPA's Saskia van Gendt talks to us about the new initiative to use green building construction materials.

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 05:52pm EDT
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Mapping the response to BP oil spill

New online tool created by NOAA and the EPA shows real time changes.

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 12:57pm EDT
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