Earth Day

  • Labor Dept. trying out faster way to process contractor punishments

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Labor Department will pilot a faster approach to discretionary suspension and debarment with its Inspector General and its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.

  • Agencies celebrate Earth Day with hashtags, ‘selfies’

    From selfies to hashtags, agencies have asked Americans to actively participate in Earth Day by using social media.

  • Energy Efficiency Retrofits

    In observation of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Vice President’s Office announced the selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to ”ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits.

    Under a Department of Energy initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profits will work together on programs for concentrated retrofits of neighborhoods and towns – and eventually entire states.

    Meeting one of the Energy Department’s missions, the models are expected to save households and businesses about a $100 million annually in utility bills, while leveraging private sector resources, to create what could be as many as 30,000 new jobs over the next three years.

  • Feds learning sustainability begins with them

    OPM, GSA, Interior hold fair in Washington to educate employees about being greener. GSA administrator Johnson says it takes a collaborative approach to be more efficient. OPM director Berry calls for more telework to save energy.