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Geeks, science fairs and agency collections among highlights of latest open government plan

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Version 3.0 of the Obama administration Open Government Plan. It adds three new initiatives to the core principles of transparency, participation and collaboration introduced in earlier versions of the plan.

Tags: technology , STEM , education , OSTP , open government , transparency , data sharing ,

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 02:44pm EDT

Challenge.gov platform recognized for changing how feds solve problems

The Challenge.gov platform Thursday received the prestigious Harvard Innovations in American Government award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It beat out 600 other entrants to be the first federal winner of the award since 2003.

Tags: management , GSA , White House , OSTP , Dan Tangherlini , Harvard Kennedy School of Government , Stephen Goldsmith , Challenge.gov , competition , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/24/2014, 09:25am EST
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Deputy NASA administrator Lori Garver stepping down

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is stepping down from the space agency. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced in a note to staff Garver would leave next month to serve as the general manager of the Air Line Pilots Association, where she will oversee day-to-day operations of the largest union for pilots.

Tags: NASA , people , Lori Garver , Charles Bolden ,

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 02:10pm EDT

White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Tags: Senate , Senate Budget Committee , Task Force on Government Performance , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , OSTP , STEM , duplicative programs , Jack Moore

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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White House, agencies commit $200M to solving 'big data' quandary

Federal technology leaders unveiled an initiative to develop better ways of harnessing the rapidly growing volume of increasingly complicated data sets, known as big data. The push is led by a joint solicitation from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to develop the core technologies for reigning in big data. All told, six federal departments and agencies will take part in the program committing more than $200 million in research-and-development investments.

Tags: NIH , DoD , DARPA , Energy , USGS , NSF , OSTP , Subra Suresh , Francis Collins , Marcia McNutt

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:53pm EDT
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Federal R&D efforts could get boost

NSF, NIST and Energy continue to receive increases on way to doubling budget by 2017. Overall, R&D across government increases only slightly. OSTP will create a dashboard to measure effectiveness of federal R&D efforts.

Tags: technology , Aneesh Chopra , White House , OSTP , NASA , NSF , Energy , NIST , USDA , education , Smithsonian , research and development , R&D dashboard , budget , FY 2011 budget

Tuesday - 02/02/2010, 06:40am EST
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Wolf: Answers needed in OSTP China meeting

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) wants answers from Attorney General Eric Holder.

Tags: Frank Wolf , GAO , OSTP , China , In Depth

Friday - 10/14/2011, 08:02pm EDT
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White House launches 4-pillar smart grid plan

The Obama administration released its policy framework for modernizing the nation's electric grid Monday. As has been the case in national strategies on other topics the White House has released recently, the administration wants the federal government to emphasize its role as a facilitator and standards author rather than a regulator.

Tags: White House , technology , cybersecurity , industry , Smart Grid , OSTP , Nancy Sutley , Department of Energy , Stephen Chu , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/13/2011, 09:02pm EDT

Congress gives NIST a clear set of priorities

The America Competes Reauthorization Act authorizes the agency's programs and sets a path toward the future. President Obama signed the bill into law Tuesday. Several other science and technology agencies receive marching orders from lawmakers.

Tags: technology , management , Patrick Gallagher , NIST , OSTP , Energy , NSF , America Competes Act , challenges , cybersecurity , cloud computing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/06/2011, 07:16am EST
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White House wants 2011 budgets to reflect science and tech priorities

The White House wants agencies to shift priorities as they develop their fiscal 2011 budget submissions to focus more on the administration's science and technology priorities.

Tags: technology , mngt , Peter Orszag , White House , Office of Science and Technology Policy , OMB , budget

Wednesday - 08/05/2009, 11:31am EDT