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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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USDA Funds Connecting Rural America to Broadband

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that more than $103 million in federal funds will go toward helping expand broadband Internet services to rural communities. The USDA funds will support 23 projects in 16 states, including an Oklahoma community damaged by a tornado earlier this year. “These loans and grants …

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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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Buyouts & Hiring Freezes at Federal Agencies, Survey Finds

In light of budget shortfalls, some federal agencies have asked for permission to seek buyouts or have implemented hiring freezes, a Federal News Radio survey found. The Air Force and Social Security Administration both said they have implemented hiring freezes. The Education, Defense Department, Agriculture Department and the Smithsonian have …

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White House Launches New Smart Grid Initiatives

Some of the administration’s biggest energy and technology players are set to announce the launch of a number of new initiatives aimed at modernizing the power grid at a White House event this morning. “Building the 21st Century Electric Grid” details the administration’s progress on so-called “smart” grid efforts — …

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Agency Budgets on the Chopping Block; DoD, VA Spared

Many federal agency budgets are being put on the chopping block in what Federal Times calls the “first round of congressional jockeying” over fiscal year 2012 budgets. The House Appropriations Committee has been wielding the budget axe most prolifically; it’s spending blueprint would cut discretionary spending by $30 billion, or …

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Will Cloud Moves Continue into 2011?

Any technology observer with a pulse is familiar with the term cloud computing. As far as media saturation and buzz-building, “cloud” was hard to beat in 2010. But as end-of-the year retrospectives tout the year in all things cloud, some are saying: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Ed Meagher, vice …

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OMB to Agencies: Get a Move on the Cloud

The Office of Management and Budget is done prodding, poking and coaxing agencies about moving to cloud-computing platforms. In a broad overhaul of federal IT management announced last week, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said it’s now time to begin acting. The new “cloud-first strategy” is not an abstract …

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