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EPA hits roadblocks on environmental regulations

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With auto executives perched on wooden stools to his right and fuel-efficient vehicles parked on his left, President Obama announced a truce in the decades-old mileage war between the U.S. government and the companies that make cars and light trucks. Obama unveiled surprisingly aggressive new automobile mileage standards on July ...

The Greenhouse Effect

November 1, 2011 EPA wins a long-fought battle over industry fuel standards, but hits roadblocks on other environmental regulations. With auto executives perched on wooden stools to his right and fuel-efficient vehicles parked on his left, President Obama announced a truce in the decades-old mileage war between the U.S. government and the companies ...

High Flier

September 1, 2011 James Amos is the first fighter pilot to lead the Marine Corps. When new numbers charting the performance of the Pentagon's latest and most expensive warplane recently flashed across the special computer screen installed next to his desk, Marine Corps Gen. James Amos was relieved and delighted. "The metrics," as ...

Mapping Human Terrain

July 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you walk the hallways--that is, if you're escorted through the hallways--of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Bethesda, Md., you'll see some remarkable maps. Based on photos taken from space, they depict cities, highways, farm fields, forests and rivers in exquisite detail and vivid color. But these are mere decorations ...

Mapping Human Terrain

July 1, 2011 Intelligence analysts are tracking the potential for poverty, extremism and pandemic disease to predict the next national security crisis. If you walk the hallways-that is, if you're escorted through the hallways-of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Bethesda, Md., you'll see some remarkable maps. Based on photos taken from space, they ...

Tweaking Technology

June 15, 2011 Chief information officers face tight budgets and apprehension in the push toward public access, data transparency and cloud computing. It hasn't happened at Internet speed, but federal agencies are turning the corner on using information technology to inform citizens, protect consumers and cut costs. Chief information officers are working to ...

Chief of the Year: Information

June 10, 2011 On June 15, Government Executive is featuring the government's chief officers of finance, human capital, information and information security in a special issue of the magazine. This year, for the second time, we've identified individuals to highlight as Chiefs of the Year. In challenging times, these individuals are leading the ...

Oil and Water

May 1, 2011 A new regulator is caught between industry and safety. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has been sued by the oil industry and the governor of Alaska for failing to approve offshore oil drilling permits fast enough, and by environmental organizations for approving them too fast. Lawmakers ...

Tough summer ahead in Afghanistan, says Joint Chiefs chair

April 28, 2011 Prepare for a bad year in Afghanistan, the top U.S. military commander warned on Thursday. "This year's going to be a very, very difficult year" because Taliban forces are expected to mount a major effort to reclaim territory they lost in 2010, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs ...

Doctors Go Digital

April 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For more than a decade, federal health officials have tried to persuade doctors and hospitals to abandon paper and switch to electronic health records, but it's been a tough sell. The cost of equipment and training, the hassle of digitizing paper records, and uncertainty about how well information technology systems ...