The American Broadband Initiative has released a milestone report recommending the Trump administration eliminate regulatory barriers for broadband providers and expand opportunities for private sector investments. ABI recommends the administration streamline permitting the processes for broadband deployment, utilize federal assets to lower broadband build-out costs and maximize the impact of federal funding.Read More »
The Department of Agriculture unveiled a resource guide to help facilitate broadband connection deployment in rural areas. The e-Connectivity Toolkit is a free PDF file listing over 27 programs that are intended to assist potential customers locate projects and resources to develop potential broadband initiatives, USDA said Wednesday.Read More »
The Department of Agriculture has provided $200M in packages to 57 organizations to support farmers and ranchers securing export opportunities under an agricultural initiative. The Agricultural Trade Promotion program seeks to mitigate potential trading concerns for U.S. exporters and farmers, USDA said Thursday.Read More »
The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards to Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The awards recognize the national laboratories' fiscal 2018 works on biobased products, USDA said Monday. LANL used biobased products as alternatives to traditional oil-based lubricants for metal-cutting machines, resulting in savings in oil and reduced cases of overspray. Meanwhile, LLNL recycled biobased materials to produce cutlery, cups, containers and other food service ware. The laboratory recycled 68 metric tons of compostable waste last year.Read More »
Kelly Olson, acting director of the General Service Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, told FedScoop in an interview published Tuesday that GSA intends to provide updates in October on transformation efforts at the Department of Agriculture that serves as the “lighthouse” agency for the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., recently criticized the President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget for reducing the funding of several inspector general offices across the federal government. The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pointed out in an Aug. 15 report that the FY 2019 …Read More »
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced a $345.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture investment in 20 infrastructure projects aiming to support rural electric service across 14 states. USDA is investing under the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program that finances projects on energy conservation, system development, generation, transmission and distribution in …Read More »
Joanne Collins Smee, federal acquisition service deputy commissioner and director of technology transformation services at the General Services Administration, will step down from her post by the end of this month. She intends to return to the private sector after her tenure with the agency where she oversaw the establishment …Read More »