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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

OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tags: hiring reform , OPM , Angela Bailey , emily kopp , best practices , CHCO Council , DHS , DoD , TSA , SSA

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm 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 , EPA , Army , DoD , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:04am EST

FERC works on FISMA compliance

Sanjay Sardar, FERC's CIO, joined to discuss the agency's FISMA stance.

Tags: FERC , cybersecurity , FISMA

Friday - 12/02/2011, 06:22pm EST

Obama fills key posts in State, Energy

President Obama said he intends to nominate key posts in the departments of State and Energy, according to a White House release.

Tags: Arum Majumdar , Frederick Barton , State , appointments , Barack Obama

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:35am EST

Energy lab's move to Google apps allows flexibility, scalability

Brent Stacey is chief information officer and information management director at the Idaho National Lab.

Tags: Brent Stacey , Idaho National Lab , Google , technology , Cloud computing , In Depth

Friday - 11/18/2011, 06:34pm EST

Facing cuts, Energy IG recommends sweeping changes

Facing likely budget cuts, the Energy Department's inspector general, Gregory Friedman, has issued a slew of recommendations, including cutting redundant staff, appointing a BRAC-like commission to study the department's facilities and federalizing the contractors that secure those facilities.

Tags: Gregory Friedman , NNSA , budget , Contracting

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 09:55am EST
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