Tag Archives: public-private partnerships

Labor Dept Allots About $100M for Industrial Apprenticeships

The Department of Labor is investing almost $100M in grants under a public-private apprenticeship program for multiple industries. The program, known as "Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap," would support 28 apprenticeships in a range of industries such as information technology, health care and manufacturing, DOL said Tuesday.

Read More »

White House Issues Update to 2016 National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan

The White House’s National Science and Technology Council released an update to the 2016 strategic plan for artificial intelligence research and development in support of the American AI Initiative that was launched through an executive order in February. The National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update retains the first seven priorities in the 2016 plan and adds a new strategy to expand public-private partnerships to accelerate advances in AI.

Read More »

NIST Issues Final ‘Green Paper’ to Boost Federal Innovation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the findings from its final “green paper” showing how the government could bring federally funded inventions from laboratories to markets faster. The report contains 15 key findings focusing on streamlined federal regulations, public-private partnerships, building an entrepreneurial workforce and support for innovation, NIST said Wednesday

Read More »

Senators Propose Bill to Boost Infrastructure Funding for US Surface Transportation Projects

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced a bill to increase statutory cap on Private Activity Bonds to $20.8B to help state and local governments enter new public-private partnerships for surface transportation projects. The lawmakers unveiled the Building United States Infrastructure and Leveraging Development Act on Wednesday intending to boost the original statutory cap from the current $15B budget. 

Read More »

GAO: Public-Private Partnerships Hold Limited Role in Govt Property Disposal

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has found there is limited use of public-private partnerships in the management and disposal of underutilized government real property. GAO said Tuesday General Services Administration officials stated GSA reviews public-private partnerships on a case-by-case basis and partnerships are considered for fewer than 10 cases every year. Those officials also told GAO that …

Read More »

Pentagon to Seek Innovation, Organizational Strategies Through New Advisory Board

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has announced the Defense Department‘s plan to establish an advisory board to help craft technological strategies for DoD to address organizational culture and project management issues. DoD said Wednesday the Defense Innovation Advisory Board will work to identify best practices for iterative product development, data-based decision-making, enterprise information sharing and utilization of mobile and …

Read More »

University-Led Consortium to Support NIST, NSF Manufacturing Efforts; Willie May Comments

The University of Michigan will head a consortium to provide private-sector support for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Science Foundation‘s education, training, research and development efforts in manufacturing. NIST said Friday the MForesight consortium will collaborate with subject-matter experts and working groups from industry and academia to provide tools and insight to …

Read More »

Ashton Carter: DoD Seeks More Communication, Partnerships With Private Sector

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has reiterated the Defense Department‘s efforts to establish strong relations with the private sector in work to help the U.S. bolster its military advantage, DoD News reported Wednesday. Jim Garamone writes that Carter highlighted DoD’s goals for more communication and partnerships between industry and government in his keynote address …

Read More »

John McCain: Proposed DoD Rule to ‘Undermine’ Silicon Valley Collaboration Efforts

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed rule for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense Department “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that McCain told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter that the rule would retain the acquisition status quo at …

Read More »