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Administrator Martha Johnson said changes in the way people work and the technology they have access to are major reasons why GSA will no longer guarantee a specific number of workers at the area telecenters. GSA remains committed to telework in other ways, including the launch of a new collaboration platform called FedSpace. It also awarded a contract to deploy telepresence at 15 offices around the country.
A new advisory council will provide Commerce and other agencies with ideas for how the government can help push federally-funded technologies into the commercial marketplace. Locke said his agency will do its part by speeding up the patent process to one year and get certain grant funding out in 30 days. Commerce also is working with NIH and NSF on the i6 Challenge where $12 million is available for companies to commercialize technologies.
Tags: technology , Gary Locke , Aneesh Chopra , Rahm Emanuel , Ginger Lew , White House , Commerce , National Economic Council , National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrep , NIH , NSF , Mike Morse , Mike Crow , Tom Albert , Holden Thorp , Steve Case , Mary Sue Coleman , University of North Carolina , AOL , University of Michigan , Madrona Venture Group , Arizona State University , innovation , i6 Competition , entrepreneurship , Jason Miller
A major new patent examination initiative would provide applicants greater control. USPTO's David Kappos explains how it will work.
The next challenge for supporters of teleworking in the government has nothing to do with laptops, laws or cybersecurity. Instead, experts say that challenge will be to convince the recalcitrant manager in the office down the hall, who doesn't like the idea.
Tags: management , telework , Danette Campbell , OPM , John Berry , Coalition for Effective Change , Partnership for Public Service , GSA , Margaret Higgins , NTEU , Kurt Vondran , Max Cacas , Rachel Stevens , pay and benefits
Agencies, such as PTO and Transportation, provide success stories for senior leaders. But telework also is hindered by the lack of comparable resources at home versus the office.
Tags: pay and benefits , Willie Smith , Danette Campbell , DOT , Senior Executive Association Executive Update 2010 , Bill Bransford , SES , telework , worklife , alternative work schedules , Meg Beasely
One amendment, two committees equals a whole lot of nothing moving in the Telework Enhancement Act.
The Patent and Trademark office faces a backlog of more than a million applications and may soon run short of funds.