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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.

Tags: Fermi National Lab , Barack Obama , Illinois Accelerator Research Center , Robert Kephart , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 08:54am EST
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Report: DoD bases potential hotbeds for solar development

A new Defense Department report finds solar-power development on military bases and installations in the Western United States could generate as much solar energy as seven nuclear power plants. By working with private industry and renting out unused land on bases to serve as energy testbeds, the department could reap as much as $100 in revenue and reduced energy costs and rent payments. DoD spends $4 billion a year on energy costs.

Tags: DoD , electric grid , technology , Federal Drive , DoD Report , Katherine Hammack , solar power , ICF International , Army , renewable energy

Monday - 01/16/2012, 08:08am EST

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.

Tags: White House , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DHS , DoE , Federal Drive , technology

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

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.

Tags: American Association for the Advancement of Science , budget , research and development , DoD , NASA , NIST , NSF , Commerce , innovation , Jolie Lee

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.

Tags: electric grid , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive

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.

Tags: CHCO Council , Mike Kane , HR University , Pathways , hiring , hiring reform , 2011 and Beyond , performance management , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 07:21pm EST
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Federal buildings, old and new, go green

Treasury's building, DoD's Mark Center both get LEED Gold certification. Treasury expects to save $3.5 million by improving how the structures uses energy. DoD expects its new building to use 45 percent less water.

Tags: DoD , Treasury , green government , LEED , Dan Tangherlini , Joanne Hensley , Amy Boyce , U.S. Green Building Council , Jared Serbu , energy efficiency , BRAC , Mark Center

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:26am EST
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Energy dept. builds ultra-high-speed network

The Energy Department says it's linked up three of its national laboratories with a network that can move data at up to ten times the speed commercial IT providers can offer. DOE paid for the Advanced Networking Initiative with $62 million worth of money from the Recovery Act. The network lets researchers at labs in California, Illinois and Tennessee exchange information at 100 gigabits per second. DOE says it thinks the network could also drive the creation of similar technologies for commercial use.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals ,

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 11:42am EST

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 , EPA , budget

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.

Tags: contracting , whistleblowers , Senate , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Walter Tamosaitis , Hanford Waste Treatment Plan , DoD , Marguerite Garrison , Peggy Gustafson , SBA , Recovery Act , Transparency , URS , Bechtel , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 04:26pm EST
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