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Weakest link in federal hiring is at the start

In federal hiring, officials always have to strike a balance: fill the job as quickly as possible, while looking for the right candidate from as big a pool of applicants as possible. A new report suggests evaluating candidates is the weakest part of the entire hiring process.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , OPM , hiring reforms , Partnership for Public Service , Joshua Joseph , Christine Majors , DoE , Brian Costlow , ODNI , Elizabeth Kolmstetter , employee assessments , Max Cacas

Friday - 08/27/2010, 07:39am EDT
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Groundbreaking Joint Regenerative Procedure Tests Well

Using a cutting edge process to form new joints inside the body, a team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health has successfully regenerated rabbit joints. The experiment demonstrates that it's possible to grow dissimilar tissues, like cartilage and bone, taken entirely from the host's own cells. The regenerative procedure is performed by stimulating previously irreparable organs or tissues to heal themselves. Three-dimensional structures made of biocompatible and biodegradable materials in the shape of the tissue, are infused with a protein to promote the joint's growth. The approach sidesteps several problems that are typically encountered in trying to transplant cells that are grown externally, such as tissue rejection. Future work could replace arthritic joints in animals and ultimately in arthritis patients who need total joint replacement.

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

Monday - 08/09/2010, 02:27pm EDT

NIH providing satisfaction on the web

Four federal websites meet or exceed the private sector's highest score. How? Why? We ask Joyce Backus at NIH.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , health information , best practices , Joyce Backus , customer satisfaction

Friday - 07/30/2010, 09:46am EDT
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Scientists Find HIV-Fighting Antibodies

Scientists led by the National Institutes of Health have discovered antibodies that will prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells. Two potent human antibodies have been found to stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the lab. Scientists have even demonstrated how one of the disease-fighting proteins is able to do it. They found the antibodies using a novel molecular device that homes in on the specific cells that make antibodies that fight HIV. According to the scientists, the antibodies could be used to design improved HIV vaccines, or could be further developed to prevent or treat HIV infection. Moreover, the method used to find the antibodies could be used to find therapeutic antibodies for other infectious diseases.

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

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:25pm EDT

Thumbs up for NIH's Science in the Cinema

NIH hosts a free film festival designed to promote public understanding of science, health, and medicine. Films with a medical science theme are screened, and an expert on the subject provides a commentary and leads an audience question-and-answer period. Bruce Fuchs, Director of NIH's Office of Science Education, tells us about it.

Tags: Federal Drive , Science in the Cinema , management , mission

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 09:31am EDT
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Science movies: Squeeze in extra brain power

This free film festival will give you a better understanding of science, health and medicine.

Tags: science movies , AFI , Science in the Cinema , AFI Silver Theater , National Institutes of Health , Silver Spring

Friday - 07/02/2010, 11:17am EDT

OFPP tries new approach to reign in MACs

Administrator Gordon says strategic sourcing is one way to ensure the government gets the lowest price and to consolidate existing contracts. Gordon also wants agencies to submit business cases for new multi-agency contracts, but doesn't commit to asking agencies to justify all types of multiple award contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , Steve Kempf , John Needham , Rick Gunderson , Claire McCaskill , Scott Brown , OFPP , GSA , GAO , NASA , DHS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Interagency contracting , multiple award contracting , schedules , GWACs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:40am EDT
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The Smartest Fed Investors Work For...

So who are the smartest TSP investors in government? Are they rocket scientists, economist, medical researchers or postal employees? Take Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's TGIF quiz to test your investment smarts.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , Mike Causey , USPS , NASA , IRS

Friday - 06/18/2010, 04:00am EDT

NIH faces economic strains in 2011

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health yesterday that the immediate future could be difficult because of poor economic conditions and stimulus funds running dry.

Tags: Rachel Stevens , Francis Collins , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Congress

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 05:47pm EDT
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STAR METRICS Promises to Measure Federal Science Investments

A new initiative promises to monitor the impact of federal science investments on employment, the generation of knowledge, and health outcomes, to a degree not previously possible. The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science, or STAR METRICS, is a multi-agency venture that will be lead by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Together, NSF and NIH have committed $1 million for the program's first year. The first phase of the two-phase program will use university administrative records to calculate the employment impact of federal science spending through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and agencies' existing budgets.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , science , NSF , Recovery and Reinvestment Act , Scott Carr

Monday - 06/07/2010, 08:50pm EDT
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