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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.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , DoE , Scott Carr

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.

Tags: management , Aneesh Chopra , Cass Sunstein , White House , NASA , DoT , HHS , Interior , GSA , Treasury , Open government , transparency , open government dashboard , Jason Miller

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

Government-led contests work best in procurement

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

Tags: DorobekInsider , Erin Reilly , Contracting , contest , Steve Kelman

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.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Scott Carr

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.

Tags: management , technology , NIST , Curt Barker , Lisa Schlosser , Ari Schwartz , CDT , ISPAB , cybersecurity , privacy , Web 2.0 , Jason Miller

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

FDA, EPA behind curve?

Learn more about the information gaps at the FDA and EPA

Tags: DorobekInsider , Must Reads , newscast , FDA ,

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

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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.

Tags: management , collaboration , interagency cooperation , Tox21 , Robert Kavlock

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

Tags: pay & benefits , Inside Government , AFGE , Charles Stephenson , Lisa Schlosser , Bob Hill ,

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

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