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EPA and Army Form Partnership to Explore Sustainable Energy

The U.S. EPA and U.S. Army have announced they will form a partnership to find “greener” ways of using technology as part of their Net Zero initiative. On Nov. 28, a memorandum of understanding was signed to promote the use of safe and sustainable energy resources and reduce hazardous byproducts. According …

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Students Rank Agencies High on ‘Ideal Employer’ Survey

In a recent survey of nearly 62,000 undergraduates at 362 colleges, students put government agencies in the ranks for top 100 ideal places to work. The survey, conducted by Universum, polled students from Dec. 2010 to March 2011 and yielded the Top 100 Ideal Employer Rankings in categories including business, engineering, …

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Delays Drive Up Costs for DHS Consolidation Project

The costs of the Department of Homeland Security consolidation project has increased by at least half a billion dollars due to delays caused by budget cuts, according to a Federal Times report. The delays have also caused the relocation of more than 10,000 federal employees by up to five years. …

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Senate Defense Bill Requires Contractors to Monitor Supply Chain

The Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 passed Thursday by a 93-7 vote with a provision requiring contractors to monitor their supply chain. The amendment, sponsored by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), also requires contractors to buy parts from trusted suppliers as …

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Survey Gives Mixed Reviews for Agencies on Twitter Use

The non-profit group Expert Labs recently released a new social media dashboard. Results from its Federal Social Media Index, which ranks 125 federal agencies based on public engagement on Twitter, showed a trend of agencies with less followers engaging with more with their followers than the more popular agencies. The …

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DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved in 33 Days

DARPA recently announced that its shredder challenge, issued about a month ago and tasking participants to piece back together five shredded documents, was solved in 33 days. The winning team was a San Francisco-based group who used custom-coded algorithms to aid through suggesting fragment pairings to human assemblers for verification. “Lots of experts …

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Pentagon Planning Intel Facility at Former NGA Bethesda Site

The Defense Department is planning to set up an intelligence-gathering hub at the former Bethesda, Md. home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Washington Business Journal reports. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Defense Intelligence Agency are working on the large-scale project, which could take nearly five years. The …

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