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USDA, Energy & Navy Team Up for Biofuels Initiative

The Departments of Agriculture, Energy and the Navy have entered a three-year partnership with the private sector to spur production of biofuels, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday. The departments will invest up to $510 million to help produce drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power both military and commercial transportation. …

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Former Fed CIO Kundra Reflects on Public Service in Paper

Vivek Kundra’s last day as federal chief information officer was Friday. He will serve a joint fellowship this fall at Harvard University. Kundra posted a 12-page paper on Harvard’s website Monday, covering his nearly 10-year career working in local, state and federal governments. Prior to joining the White House, Kundra …

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FDIC Must Improve Financial Data Protection, GAO Report Says

The agency responsible for protecting deposits in U.S. banks has weak information security controls, threatening the security of financial data, a Government Accountability Office report says. The report, published Aug. 12, examined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s controls designed to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its financial systems …

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There’s An App for Traveling Fed Employees

The General Services Administration has launched a mobile application to help federal employees know lodging, meal and reimbursement rates when they travel. Janet Dobbs, GSA’s deputy associate administrator of Travel, Transportation & Asset Management, announced the launch in an Aug. 5 blog entry. The application allows employees to search rates …

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Energy Panel: Disclose Chemicals Used in Natural Gas Drilling

Energy companies should reveal the chemicals used in a drilling technique, known as fracking, that taps previously inaccessible natural gas deposits, an Energy Department advisory panel said. The Natural Gas Subcommittee, an advisory board to Secretary Steven Chu, released its 90-day draft report Thursday on shale gas production. The panel …

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FCC: GPS Will Be Safe from 4G Network

GPS receivers will be safe from the proposed LightSquared wireless network, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Tuesday. LightSquared plans to develop a 4G wireless broadband network, using both satellite and terrestrial coverage. This has raised concerns over potential interference with GPS receivers. The Hill reports the FCC can not guarantee …

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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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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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