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Facebook-using federal managers “surge,” survey finds

March 29, 2011 More than half the government's management-level employees use Facebook, and of them, most use it for work, a media marketing survey has found. The 2011 Federal Media and Marketing Study reveals a significant "surge" in the use of social media, and Facebook is leading the rush, said Lisa Dezzutti, president ...

IG: Spending on geothermal technologies is riddled with improper payments

March 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An audit of six geothermal energy projects funded through the Recovery Act found that five of them had misspent money, the Energy Department's inspector general reported Monday. The total that was misspent, $110,000, was not large compared to the total spent, $68 million. But the finding is troubling because the ...

From Nextgov.com: Spending on geothermal technologies is riddled with improper payments, IG says

March 28, 2011 An audit of six geothermal energy projects funded through the Recovery Act found that five of them had misspent money, the Energy Department's inspector general reported Monday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Japanese radiation levels could have triggered larger evacuation area under U.S. guidelines

March 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Radiation levels in some unevacuated areas around Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant were high enough to trigger "protective action," likely an evacuation, under U.S. radiation exposure guidelines. The Energy Department used airborne and ground-based monitors to detect radiation that exceeded 12.5 millirems per hour, or 1,200 millirems over ...

Japanese radiation levels could have triggered larger evacuation area under U.S. guidelines

March 23, 2011 Radiation levels in some unevacuated areas around Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant were high enough to trigger "protective action," likely an evacuation, under U.S. radiation exposure guidelines. The Energy Department used airborne and ground-based monitors to detect radiation that exceeded 12.5 millirems per hour, or 1,200 millirems over ...

Interior approves first Gulf oil exploration plan since BP spill

March 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department approved the first deepwater oil exploration plan for the Gulf of Mexico since the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the months-long oil spill that followed. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Monday that approval for an exploration plan submitted by Shell Offshore ...

Interior approves first Gulf oil exploration plan since BP spill

March 21, 2011 The Interior Department approved the first deepwater oil exploration plan for the Gulf of Mexico since the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the months-long oil spill that followed. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Monday that approval for an exploration plan submitted by Shell Offshore ...

Top court to weigh privacy rights

March 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Thanks to increasingly sophisticated communications technology and ever-expanding interconnected data bases, even small-town police can run detailed background checks to discover criminals during routine traffic stops. From their squad cars, officers can tap a network of government and private databases and in a matter of minutes retrieve a wealth of ...

Security concerns suppress Pentagon's appetite for wireless devices

March 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. military wants to go wireless. It wants handheld devices to replace desktop computers, it wants information available for troops "anywhere, on any device anytime," it wants employees to telework, and it wants to do this all with commercial products. But it also wants security. And for now, the ...

Top court to weigh privacy against government data needs

March 18, 2011 Thanks to increasingly sophisticated communications technology and ever-expanding interconnected data bases, even small-town police can run detailed background checks to discover criminals during routine traffic stops. From their squad cars, officers can tap a network of government and private databases and in a matter of minutes retrieve a wealth of ...