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GSA unveils plans for the first net-zero-energy historic building

February 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration unveiled plans this month to turn a nearly 100-year-old building into the country's first net-zero-energy-usage historic building. The $15 million reconstruction and restoration of the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse, built in 1918 in Grand Junction, Colo., about 250 miles west of Denver, is designed...

Technology complicates White House communications

February 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Dee Dee Myers became President Clinton's press secretary in 1993, there were 50 websites worldwide. By the time Dana Perino left her job as press secretary for President Bush in 2009, there were over 20 billion websites worldwide, said Frank Sesno, director of George Washington University's School of Media...

FEMA will use social media through all stages of a disaster

February 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nicholas Kamm/Newscom The Federal Emergency Management Agency is set up to use Twitter at all stages of a disaster, before the event strikes, during the event and after, Administrator Craig Fugate tells Nextgov. The agency maintains a Twitter page with just under 30,000 followers, and the administrator himself has a...

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February 8, 2011 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is set up to use Twitter at all stages of a disaster, before the event strikes, during the event and after, Administrator Craig Fugate tells Nextgov. Read the full story on

GPO Joins Facebook

February 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You can now become a fan of the Government Printing Office on Facebook. On Friday, the federal government's printer launched a Facebook page "in an effort to continue to use social media as way of increasing transparency and engage with the public on the workings of [GPO]," the agency said...

NOAA Seeks a New Supercomputer

February 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the market for a new supercomputer to replace one in Camp Springs, Md., when NOAA's contract expires Sept. 30. In a solicitation posted on Fed Biz Opps, the Commerce Department agency said the existing system was last upgraded in 2008. The existing...

FAA teams up with JetBlue to advance NextGen

February 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration and JetBlue Airways are partnering in FAA's massive program to upgrade the nation's air traffic control system. JetBlue will equip up to 35 of its planes with advanced navigation equipment and, if the trial run is successful, could expand the technology to its entire fleet. FAA...

White House e-Mail Goes Down

February 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House and Office of Management and Budget's unclassified e-mail systems went down shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday and as of 1 p.m. were still down. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that Verizon is working to solve the issue. The White House normally sends out numerous daily...

Social media tends to be a one-way communication for FEMA

February 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Emergency Management Agency used social media tools to inform the public as a major winter storm moved across the country this week, but experts said the agency should make it a two-way street and listen to what the public is saying as well. On its Twitter page, FEMA...

Egypt Restores Internet Services

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet is back up and running in Egypt, as of Wednesday morning, according to Renesys, a Manchester, N.H.-based company that monitors Internet routing data. On Friday, Renesys reported that the Egyptian government appeared to have taken the unprecedented step of ordering service providers to shut down all international connections...

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