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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.

Tags: Congress , Energy , budget

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

GOP lawmakers seek more power over regulations

The Republican-run House on Thursday voted to give Congress greater power to approve or reject major federal rules that the GOP calls "job killers" _ regulations covering everything from health care to dangerous children's toys.

Tags: Congress , House , OMB Watch , OMB , Barack Obama

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 06:03pm EST

EPA and Army partner for Net Zero effort

The Army is collaborating with the Environmental Protection Agency to makes its bases more sustainable as part of its Net Zero initiative.

Tags: Leslie Gillespie-Marthaler , Net Zero , Army , DoD , Energy , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:04am EST
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EPA gives awards for environmental apps

The EPA has announced five winners for its Apps for the Environment Challenge. The agency designed the contest to help promote the creation of mobile apps that make innovative uses of EPA's own data. The top overall app the agency selected is a light bulb finder that lets mobile users weigh their lighting needs against financial considerations and the environmental impact of their choices. EPA also selected winners in categories created by students, and a winner for the most popular app as chosen by users.

Tags: Meeting Mission and Goals , technology ,

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 01:47pm EST

Protesters call for EPA to protect whistleblowers

Three former agency employees say they tried to expose wrongdoing and were punished by EPA senior leaders. Several organizations marched to EPA headquarters asking for more support for whistleblowers.

Tags: management , whistleblower protections , Occupy DC , No Fear Coalition , Steve Kohn , Marsha Coleman-Adebayo , Susan Morris , National Whistleblower Center , Lisa Jackson , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/11/2011, 05:02am EST
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EPA names Apps for Environment winners

The winning app for the Environmental Protection Agency's Apps for the Environment Challenge helps people find the right light bulb for their homes.

Tags: technology , Apps for Environement , environment

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 01:18pm EST

GSA guide to ensure electronics are green to the end

The government's new strategy on electronic stewardship said no federal electronics should end up in a landfill. Agencies should make sure their computers, monitors and other equipment is reused whenever possible and eventually recycled by a certified company. The Government Services Administration will publish guidance in February.

Tags: GSA , Chris Hoagland , Cate Berard , technology , green IT , National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship , Green Gov Symposium , green symposium , EPEAT , Energy Star , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 02:11pm EDT
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GAO: Agencies need more policing of contractors

Federal contractors may be getting away with fraud or shoddy work, according to a Government Accountability Office study of five years' worth of federal contracts. GAO found that most agencies are not using enforcement tools meant to cut off the flow of public funds to bad contractors.

Tags: Congress , acquisition , GAO , suspension and debarment , HHS , OMB , James Lankford , Bill Woods , nancy gunderson , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Emily Kopp

Friday - 10/07/2011, 02:13pm EDT
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Chesapeake Bay makes improvements, but...

Dead zones, fish kills and pollution are still problems for the nation's largest estuary.

Tags: Chesapeake Bay , State of the Bay Report , Chesapeake Bay Foundation , Will Baker , TDML , bay grade , Hank Silverberg , Colleen Kelleher

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 06:35am EST

Maryland submits pollution diet plan after missing deadline

Maryland submitted its final "pollution diet" plan Friday, which details how the state will achieve Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals five years earlier than mandated by the federal government.

Tags: Pollution , Chesapeake Bay , Maryland Department of the Environment

Friday - 12/03/2010, 02:00am EST
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