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DorobekINSIDER moderates AFFIRM meeting on Gulf Coast spill response

The DorobekINSIDER moderates AFFIRM meeting on Gulf Coast spill response.

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 03:58pm EDT

OFPP looks for better green purchasing data

A new survey on how well agencies contract for sustainable products and services is under development. GSA and OFPP also are taking other steps to promote green purchasing including training courses and changes to acquisition regulations.

Tuesday - 10/19/2010, 01:04pm EDT
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Fed goes green by biking to work

EPA employee Barbara Klieforth bikes the six miles to work everyday.

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 05:50pm EDT
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Federal Executive Boards spread the green word

With the majority of federal employees located outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area, how are feds in regional offices answering the White House's mandates regarding the greening of government? The answer: the Federal Executive Boards organized groups of executives who find ways to collaborate across agency lines.

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 07:02am EDT
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The Greening of Government-"Progress & Best Practices"

October 5th at 12PM

Program will discuss the progress report on green IT initiatives & greening of buildings, top green priorities, key challenges to overcome, lessons learned & best practices and a vision for the future.

Friday - 09/24/2010, 02:18pm EDT

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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