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Survey: Feds unaware of green progress

A Federal News Radio survey of federal employees and contractors found most are optimistic about reducing the government's carbon footprint, but not many believe the efforts are making a difference. About 40 percent of the respondents say President Obama's executive order to reduce energy usage is a lot of talk and not a lot of action, and 73 percent are not familiar with their agency's sustainability plan.

Tags: management , green government , Barack Obama , Jason Miller , survey , Greening of Government: transportation

Monday - 10/04/2010, 06:02am EDT

Rahm Emanuel's White House visitor trail

E-government is increasing government transparency, including making available who the White House visitor list. As he leaves the White House to pursue the bid for Chicago's next mayor, President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel leaves behind an electronic list of the Chicago players, politicians and reporters who visited him in the White House, The Sunlight Foundation reports.

Tags: Must Reads , Dorobek Insider , Rahm Emanuel , technology , transparency , e-government , Pete Rouse

Friday - 10/01/2010, 01:35pm EDT

White House reviewing possible changes to cyber laws

Administration's working group also is looking at policies and regulations that need to be updated. DoD calls on Congressional support when the White House submits its package of legislative changes. Meanwhile, DHS has released a draft of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan.

Tags: Keith Alexander , Howard Schmidt , technology , management , cybersecurity , DHS , FBI , DoD , National Cyber Incident Response Plan , House Armed Services Committee

Friday - 09/24/2010, 05:00pm EDT

White House report: Stimulus funds creating jobs

The report says the federal stimulus funds were responsible for creating at least 2 million jobs nationwide in the Act's first year.

Tags: Recovery Act , stimulus , Must Reads , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 09/17/2010, 03:39pm EDT

Agencies have plans, now will go green

The White House releases 56 agency sustainability plans showing how the government will meet an assortment of energy efficiency goals. Federal Environmental Executive Michelle Moore said ideas run the gamut from recycling to computer power management. The administration is hosting the GreenGov Symposium in October to help educate and promote agency goals.

Tags: management , Michelle Moore , Tom Carper , Council on Environmental Quality , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , energy efficiency , sustainability plans , green government , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/13/2010, 06:24am EDT
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Big telework goals being met by a tiny agency

Like other agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has released its agency sustainability plan. Unlike the others, telework plays a major part in the plan.

Tags: technology , telework , TANDBERG Telework Center , sustainability , Suzanne Kubota

Friday - 09/10/2010, 06:52pm EDT

Fenty asks White House for endorsement

Trailing in the polls less than a week from election day, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is asking for help from the White House.

Tags: Adrian Fenty , Vincent Gray , Barack Obama , Michelle Obama , D.C. mayoral race , D.C. primary , Mark Segraves

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 02:48pm EDT

Commerce's Locke promises changes

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 , Commerce , National Economic Council , National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrep , NIH , NSF , PTO , 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

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 07:24am EDT
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Sophomore slump for Open Government?

One of the Obama administration's biggest partners when it comes to the use of technology for open government, the Sunlight Foundation, is questioning whether the push for gov 2.0 is running out of steam. Ellen Miller, Sunlight's executive director, calls the open data plans disappointing because 12 of 30 agencies didn't list any data sets for release. Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra said he welcomes the criticism.

Tags: management , technology , open government , USASpending.gov , Recovery.gov , Sunlight Foundation , Ellen Miller , Gov 2.0 summit , Aneesh Chopra , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 06:53am EDT
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Energy contracts help agencies reach green goals

DoE set up Energy Savings Performance Contracts with several different companies to work under a share-in-savings approach to reduce agency utility bills. Agencies do not have to pay upfront costs to move electricity or other infrastructure away from fossil fuels. The contracts could help agencies meet the White House's carbon footprint and greenhouse goals.

Tags: management , Skye Schell , Energy , Navy , Justice , green government , energy efficiency , carbon footprint , greenhouse gas emissions , energy service companies , Energy Savings Performance Contracts , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/19/2010, 06:59am EDT
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