• Federal education officials attend important summit

    Federal education officials — as well as leaders in education, research, and development — are out in New Mexico this week for a summit on the future of public education. The three-day summit, Unleashing Knowledge…

  • DorobekInsider: More GSA changes — Leeds as senior counselor and Peck returning at PBS

    I mentioned earlier about GSA’s Michael Robertson being named as GSA’s chief acquisition officer and the Associate Administrator of the Office of Governmentwide Policy… There were other announcements too. Here is the note sent out…

  • DorobekInsider: Robertson to be named to head GSA’s OGP and CAO

    The DorobekInsider has learned that the General Services Administration this afternoon will name Michael Robertson, who currently serves as GSA’s White House liaison, as the associate administrator of GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy and the…

  • Top level military review for web 2.0

    The Pentagon’s chief information officer is conducting an agency-wide review of the use of popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Officials are trying to balance the benefits of allowing the use of social networking on recruiting, public affairs and troop morale, against the potential security risks.

    Defense Secretary Gates gets a report on ‘web 2.0’ at the end of this month, and department-wide policy is expected out in late September.

  • DorobekInsider: Hear the Federal News Radio Book Club — Payback featuring CTO Chopra

    Yes, I’ve been going on and on and on about the fifth meeting of the Federal News Radio Book Club, talking about the book Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation by James P. Andrew and…

  • White House wants 2011 budgets to reflect science and tech priorities

    The White House wants agencies to shift priorities as they develop their fiscal 2011 budget submissions to focus more on the administration’s science and technology priorities.

  • An ID management transition

    ID management can sound, well, boring. But there is something of a transition going on with government identity management — shifting more from getting HSPD-12 cards out to people to now focusing on what you…

  • Groups want public opinion about federal transparency

    FederalNewsRadio has been following the development of the Obama administration’s open government and transparency initiative. The federal government used an innovative way of reaching out to include the public in the development of that policy…

  • Let the sunshine!

    The U.S. Army has picked two firms — Clark Energy Group of Bethesda, and Acciona Solar Power of Henderson, Nevada — to help develop and build the largest solar power array in the Department of Defense. It will be built at Fort Irwin, in California’s Mojave Desert. When complete, the solar farm will generate 500 megawatts using photovoltaic cells, and solar concentrators, which turns the heat of the sun into electricity.

  • Getting fire’s goat

    The goat is traditionally the mascot of the U.S. Navy. But at Camp Williams in Utah, the Army National Guard is putting goats to work as fire protection officers.

    Since 1999, the Utah Guard has enlisted more than 12-hundred goats and sheep to consume sagebrush and oak brush that usually become fuel for wildfires. Goat-created firebreaks stopped big fires from spreading in 2001, and 2006.

  • DorobekInsider: GSA and the Recovery Board release the redacted Recovery.gov contract

    We have been telling you about the the Recovery and Transparency Board and the General Services Administration, which acted as the Recovery Board’s acquisition team, $9.5 million contact award to Smartronix for the next generation…

  • GAO: DHS biohazard lab plans are flawed

    We’ve told you about a leaked draft report from the Government Accountability Office, which says that the government moved too quickly on establishing a bio-hazard lab in Kansas. Now, the full report has been released.…

  • DorobekInsider: The UK government encourages tweeting — and issues Twitter guidance

    I mentioned that I was over the Britain for the past few days celebrating my sister’s birthday. (My mother was able to rent this remarkable place designed by famous British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who…

  • Chair of Legal Review Committee for the National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG)

    July 30th, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    BIG Experience co-host: Mr. Al Tyree, Blacks In Government National Communication and Public Relations Chair Person, will host Shirley Jones, as guest this Thursday at 11:00am. Join us as we discuss with Shirley, the Legal Review Committee for our National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG).