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Agencies Must Improve Contract Plans, Report Says

Federal agencies do not always take advantage of acquisition planning, leading to late contract awards and cost overruns, a Government Accountability Office report says. For its report released Aug. 9, the GAO surveyed the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, NASA and the Agency for International Development. …

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Energy Dept. Awards $175M in Grants for Vehicle Research

More than $175 million in federal grants over the next three to five years will go toward developing more technologically advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Wednesday. The grants target research in fuels and lubricants, reducing vehicle weight, new prototype materials, advanced electronics, engine technology, tire efficiency …

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There’s Another App for NASA

NASA, recently ranked the most innovative federal agency, now has another trick up their sleeve. Scientists and media specialists announced a new iPad app, the NASA Visualization Explorer, at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is NASA’s second app for the iPad. The new app allows users …

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White House Seeking Open Govt. Ideas

President Barack Obama made transparency and open government a main focus during his election campaign in 2008. The administration is now seeking ideas from the public on how to make government more transparent. Aneesh Chopra, the U.S. chief technology officer, asked for ideas in a blog post Monday on the …

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TSA Boss: Patdowns, Scanners Work

Patdowns and full body scanners at airports have helped prevent another terrorist attack in the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said. Pistole discussed the future of transportation security at the Newseum in Washington Wednesday. The enhanced patdowns and full body scanners have been the …

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Airstrike Kills Taliban Fighters Involved in Helicopter Crash

A NATO airstrike killed Taliban insurgents involved in the weekend crash of the helicopter carrying 30 U.S. soldiers and 8 Afghan soldiers, said the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan Wednesday. AFPS reports Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen said the action continued the original mission against an …

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White House Loses Manufacturing Czar

White House manufacturing czar Ron Bloom will be stepping down from his position, the administration announced Tuesday. Bloom spent the past two and a half years advising President Barack Obama on manufacturing policy. Recently, Bloom helped broker an agreement between the federal government and leading automakers to raise fuel economy …

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GAO Report: State’s Info Security Program Limited

The State Department has developed a system for identifying and prioritizing information security risks but it does not paint a complete picture, a Government Accountability Office report said. The department developed iPost, a program providing continuous monitoring capabilities of information security risk. The department also developed a scoring system for …

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Social Security Needs Long-Term Online Plan, IG Says

The Social Security Administration needs a strong long-term plan for online customer self-services, the agency’s inspector general said. InformationWeek reports the SSA currently offers 21 citizen-to-government services via the Internet as part of its shift to the Web. In a report released July 29, the IG said customers filed 37% …

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NASA Tops Survey of Innovative Agencies

NASA has the edge over other federal agencies in encouraging innovation, says a report from the Partnership for Public Service. Government Executive reports the results came from the Office of Personnel Management’s annual survey of federal employee attitudes. OPM surveyed 260,000 workers from 32 large agencies in 2010. Respondents were …

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