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Engineering Internships to Double in 2012, Chu Comments

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness announced Wednesday that 45 industry leaders have committed to doubling engineering internships available in their companies in 2012. The White House said five additional companies agreed to increase their internships, for a total of 50 as part of the initiative. “For America to …

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Rep. Issa Launches ‘Saving the Postal Service’ Website

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has launched a website counting down the days until the U.S. Postal Service could default. “Saving the Postal Service” details proposed legislation from Issa and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) they say will help save …

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Army Issues New Social Media Guide

The Army issued its first Social Media Handbook in January, recognizing the importance of social media in its communication strategy in both peacetime and wartime. The Army now has updated its guidelines for new media, releasing a second version of the handbook Aug. 24 on its Slideshare page. The new …

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Obama Orders Agencies to Speed Up Infrastrucuture Hiring

President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum Wednesday directing departments and agencies to identify high impact, job-creating infrastructure projects and expedite them through the permit process in order to speed job creation. The departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Transportation will each select up to three high …

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Transportation Program Shutdown a Possibility

AP reports indicate bills to avoid shutdowns of federal transportation and aviation programs are at the top of Congress’ to-do list when it returns to work next week. President Barack Obama indicated 1 million jobs are at risk and 4,000 employees would be immediately furloughed without action. Federal highway programs and …

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Forest Service Decentralized After Centralizing IT

The Forest Service centralized IT in the early 2000s in an effort to streamline and reduce cost of IT operations, but the resulting self-service approach at field units led to IT trouble-shooting decentralization, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Aug. 25. Instead of relying on a local field …

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Nuke Commission Updates Rules For Plant Emergencies

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved changes to the emergency preparedness regulation requirements for existing and nuclear power plants to come. The changes place limitations on the duties of the plant’s on site emergency responders, avoiding overburdening during emergencies. Additionally, drills and exercise programs should now incorporate hostile-action-based scenarios. New measures will …

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New Labor Dept. Rule: Contractors to Keep Established Workers

Companies that win established contracts must offer employment to its predecessors’ employees, the Labor Department announced Monday. The Labor Department issued its final rules on the Federal Register, mandating the inclusion of a clause offering employees the right of first refusal of employment under the successors’ contract in positions for …

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Eric Holder Speaks in Support of Public Safety Network

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out Tuesday in support of setting aside wireless spectrum for public safety. Cell phone networks were congested during the Aug. 23 earthquake on the east coast, prompting an FCC investigation into reports of 911 calls not getting through. The earthquake also prompted renewed calls to …

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White House Sends 9/11 Observance Guidelines to Agencies

The White House has instructed government officials to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by honoring the memory of those who died in the attacks and recalling other terrorist attacks around the world. The New York Times reported Monday the White House distributed two sets of documents, …

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