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GSA to stop funding D.C.-area private telework centers

March 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration will discontinue funding for 13 private telework centers in the Washington area at the end of March. About 300 federal employees work at the facilities. Contracts for the telework centers expired Sept. 30, 2010, and GSA had been working with the center's owners to determine if...

From Nextgov: GSA to stop funding D.C.-area private telework centers

March 2, 2011 The General Services Administration will discontinue funding for 13 private telework centers in the Washington area at the end of March. About 300 federal employees work at the facilities. Read the entire story on Nextgov.

NASA hosts 'Tweetups' to spread the word about its missions

March 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the space shuttle program winds down, NASA is turning to users of the social networking site Twitter to help document the last launches and to spread the word about the agency's future endeavors. Tweetups, as they are known, bring together 15 to 150 Twitter users for a behind-the-scenes experience...

White House Boots @PressSec Back Up

February 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Monday Morning, new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney picked up where his predecessor Robert Gibbs left off and starting tweeting using the @PressSec account. His first tweet continued a program, started by Gibbs, of taking questions from other Twitter users: "Ok, let's turn this machine back on. Jay...

Agencies must report plans for reducing paperwork burden on small businesses

February 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget last week ordered federal agencies to reduce the paperwork burden and reporting requirements for small businesses. The White House estimates the public spent 9.8 billion hours responding to federal reporting requirements in 2009, 85 million hours more than in 2008 and 2.9 billion hours...

Former colleagues laud new White House deputy CTO for innovation

February 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People who have worked with Chris Vein, the new deputy chief technology officer for government innovation, say he is an innovator well-suited for the position. Most recently Vein was chief information officer and executive director of the technology department for the City and County of San Francisco, the 12th largest...

HHS Wants to Be a 'Data Sugar Daddy'

February 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department's Office of eDiplomacy hosted a conference Friday that sought to connect technology innovators with those interested in "diplomacy and development to enable 21st century statecraft." More than 300 people from federal agencies and the private sector attended Tech@State, held at the agency's Harry S. Truman Building in...

GAO Joins Flickr

February 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking for the latest images from Government Accountability Office reports? Well, now you can find them on the photo-sharing site Flickr. On Thursday, the agency announced that it joined the White House and NASA on the site. GAO's page features 36 images that can be viewed and downloaded. All are...

State Department hits send on new Arabic Twitter site

February 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department launched a new Twitter feed late Tuesday, USA in Arabic, in which nearly all Tweets are sent in Arabic. The department was already a big Twitter user. It has an official page with about 60,000 followers. State's main spokesman, P.J. Crowley, has more than 18,000 followers on...

Morse Code vs. Texting: Which is Faster?

February 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Morse code has been around for nearly 170 years, texting for only about two decades. When you have two long-term Morse code users compete against two teenagers to send the same message, who is faster on the draw? Jay Leno found out on his show in 2007. Watch the clip...

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