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White House Forms Public-Private Partnership for Climate Preparedness

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The White House has established a public-private partnership comprising federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and private businesses to provide information and tools in support of domestic and international climate preparedness efforts. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness seeks to identify priority-information needs, expand access to data and develop an open-source platform for climate data sharing, the White …

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White House Unveils Contracting, Security Assistance Transparency Commitments Under 3rd Open Govt Action Plan

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The White House has announced seven new initiatives as part of the Third Open Government National Action Plan that seeks to promote transparency, innovation and accountability in the government. The White House said in a report released Tuesday two of the initiatives seek to support open contracting and promote transparency …

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DOE Vet Bill Valdez Appointed President of Senior Executives Association; Barbara Pabotoy Comments

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The Senior Executives Association has named Bill Valdez, a former director at the Energy Department and senior adviser at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, as president of the Washington-based nonprofit that represents many senior-level federal executives. Valdez joined SEA in 2000 and previously served as chair of the board of directors from …

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White House: US Pledges $38B in Foreign Military Financing, Missile Defense Assistance to Israel

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The U.S. government has pledged $38 billion in foreign military financing and missile defense assistance to the government of Israel under a memorandum of understanding that seeks to support Israel’s efforts to update its military. The White House said Wednesday the 10-year pact will allow Israel to acquire additional F-35 aircraft and build on its missile defense capacity to …

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US, China Establish Technology Devt, Other Economic Opportunity Commitments

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The U.S. and China have made a series of commitments that aim to foster and protect technology development efforts as well as business opportunities for information and communications technology providers in support of economic initiatives. A White House release posted Sunday stated that the two countries will utilize monetary, fiscal and structural policy tools …

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NGA, NSF Offer 3-D Digital Elevation Models of Alaska Under ArcticDEM Project

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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation have unveiled a new batch of 3-D digital elevation models of Alaska from the ArcticDEM project that seeks to foster coordination of national efforts in the Arctic region. The release of the topographic maps serves to support decision-making on activities in the Arctic as part of a White …

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White House, DoT, NHTSA Issue Traffic Fatality Data ‘Call to Action’

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The Transportation Department, White House and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a call to action that seeks to engage stakeholders in efforts to address the 7.2 percent increase of traffic fatalities in 2015 through the use of data. NHTSA will give access to its Fatality Analysis Reporting System to safety partners, government officials, technologists, data scientists and …

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Howard Shelanski: Retrospective Regulation Review Initiatives at Govt Agencies Hit $37B in 5-Year Savings

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Howard Shelanski, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has said retrospective reviews of existing regulations have resulted in cost savings of approximately $37 billion over five years. Shelanki wrote in a White House blog post published Wednesday President Barack Obama launched the retrospective review program in 2011 in …

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