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Too Darn Hot

September 15, 2006 Pressure is mounting on federal agencies to stop studying global warming and start doing something about it. Soon after the projector starts rolling on An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore, former vice president and star of the global warming documentary, laments that he tried to tell this story for a long ...

Avoiding Injury

September 15, 2006 NASA's new software system neatly handles safety, health and security data. In 15 months from 2003 to 2005, the number of workplace incidents reported at NASA facilities nationwide rose nearly 1,700 percent. An epidemic of sudden clumsiness was not the reason for the spike in accidents and close calls. It ...

Space Shuttle 2.0

August 15, 2006 NASA charts its next giant leap in space. With only 16 or 17 flights left before the space shuttle fleet is retired in 2010, NASA is looking ahead to its next big adventure: returning to the moon in 2018. A replacement for the winged orbiters that can make short hops ...

Vying for Energy

August 15, 2006 Despite new competition to run labs, small business gets short shrift. An Energy Department contracting model that Congress complained was too exclusive three years ago is under fire again, this time for suppressing small business. Congressional auditors are criticizing the department's reliance on a handful of large companies and universities ...

Turbulent Weather

August 1, 2006 Forecasters to be ejected from air traffic control centers. For 28 years, government air traffic controllers and meteorologists have worked elbow to elbow guiding planes safely in and around angry skies. It's a comfortable arrangement but by no means perfect, so the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Weather Service ...

Report faults Weather Service training efforts

July 17, 2006 Employee training is high on the National Weather Service's list of ways to improve its forecasts but course selection suffers from insufficient oversight, congressional auditors have found. A new report from the Government Accountability Office also criticized a budding plan to restructure forecast operations nationwide, saying it lacks metrics for ...

Coming Clean

July 15, 2006 FAA goes from high risk to high profile with its financial makeover. This is a new world for the Federal Aviation Administration. Five years ago, FAA had a budget office; today it has a chief financial officer. In 2001, its financial management made the Government Accountability Office's list of high-risk ...

Winds of Change

July 1, 2006 Weather Service plan shifts work to quieter offices to free up staffs where storms hit. Not just for conventional meteorology anymore: That's the National Weather Service's outlook for itself in 2015. In the estimation of an employee team that developed a new operating concept late last year, the Weather Service ...

Shopping List

July 1, 2006 Industry group pushes legislative goals to streamline federal purchasing. Industry's Acquisition Reform Working Group was counting its blessings in June. A few of its 18 legislative proposals to streamline business processes and instill commercial best practices in government contracting had found their way into House and Senate versions of the ...

Too Small To Grasp

June 15, 2006 The risky business of nanotechnology is growing faster than government can keep up. What do scratch-resistant paints, clothes that never stain and longer-lasting tennis balls have in common with sun-blocking lotions, car bumpers and stadium JumboTrons? They are but a handful of products-among hundreds on the market-that claim to benefit ...