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  • Agencies discuss how to measure government performance

    What’s the best way to use the measurements developed for government in the past few years? We ask a panel of experts for their opinion.

  • Agencies see IT Dashboard as starting point

    EPA CIO Jackson said he wants to dig deeper to improve programs and save money on technology systems. Others are using the data on the dashboard to have a common language across the department.

  • Pentagon has best transportation options for feds

    Federal News Radio asked you which agency has the best transportation and parking options as part of our Best of the Federal Government series. The results are now in.

  • Best Places to Work released for 2010

    The annual rankings of the best (and worst) places to work in the federal government are out. We get details from Max Stier with the Partnership for Public Service

  • What’s the best place to work in the federal government?

    The Partnership for Public Service along with the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation at American University released its annual rankings of the best places to work in the federal government.

  • Vote: Which agency has the best transportation options?

    As part of our Best of the Federal Government series, we asked you to nominate the agencies with the best transportation or parking options. Vote now for your favorite!

  • IT security help wanted

    US Secretary of Commerce Set to Keynote at Online Trust & Cybersecurity Forum, 1.2 Million Computers Infected by Cybercriminals Using Eleonore Exploits Toolkit

  • NRC leads cultural shift towards transparency

    The new emphasis on transparency and openness is requiring a different approach to leadership in many federal agencies. The NRC’s Darren Ash gives us his take.

  • Choosing Genetically Engineered Crops

    A new USDA report says American farmers continue to choose genetically engineered crops over their conventional counterparts.

    A July USDA Economic Research Service report finds the rate of adoption of Genetically Engineered soybeans is up to 93 percent this year; the adoption of all Genetically Engineered cotton climbed to 93 percent; and the adoption of all biotech corn reached 86 percent in 2010.

    An April report from the National Research Council notes, many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits – such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields.

    In 2009, 330 million acres of biotech crops were planted in 25 countries by 14 million farmers.

  • New Performance-Based Fire Protection for Nuclear Reactor Plants

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant’s adoption of the National Fire Protection Association’s new ”Performance-Based Standard for Fire Protection for Light-Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants.”

    NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko calls it an important milestone in advancing fire protection at nuclear power plants.

    Under the NFPA 805 standard, reactor owners and operators perform engineering analysis to demonstrate their fire protection systems.

    Plant owners must also install additional equipment or take other measures if the analysis call for them. In the case of Shearon Harris, the analysis led the plant to make several modifications, including installation of an additional fire detection system and an additional diesel generator.

    The new regulatory approach will be adopted by additional 47 reactors at 31 sites, representing 17 utilities.