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CBO examines how fed policy, system changes can spur US innovation

The federal government can change a number of existing policies around research and development, education and tax to spur greater U.S. innovation, a new Congressional Budget Office report said. It also examined what changes can be made to immigration policy, the patent system and the regulatory environment.

GSA: ARRA-funded green investments cutting energy usage at federal buildings

Federal Buildings that were hit hardest with winter weather in fiscal 2014 actually used less energy compared to the winter in fiscal 2008 thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded green investments, a Nov. 5 General Services Administration email statement says.

NIST unveils greenhouse-gas measuring frequency combs

National Institute of Standards and Technology scientists recently demonstrated how a laser-based tool can measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. NIST says the new technique could provide accurate, continuous regional monitoring of the major gases implicated in climate change from kilometers away.

Report: Government innovation offices still face some barriers to success

While government innovation offices are set up to catalyze creative problem solving, there are some barriers to achieving that under the current model, says a recently released IBM Center for The Business of Government report.

The Postal Service could soon be delivering your groceries

The Postal Service could soon be delivering groceries to a home near you. The Postal Regulatory Commission approved a pilot program for postal workers to begin delivering groceries to selected markets. On Sept. 23, USPS filed a notice announcing its intent to conduct a market test of an experimental product called Customized Delivery.

Wind energy contract puts GSA on track for conservation goals

The awarding of the largest wind energy contract to a single source in federal contracting history has pushed the General Services Administration on track to meet renewable-energy goals. The 10-year contract for 140 megawatts of clean wind energy went to MG2 Tribal Energy, a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and Geronimo Energy, a commercial wind developer.

OPM: Pay flexibilities will help attract STEM talent

In an effort to close skills gaps in the federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workforce, the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging human capital officers to begin using pay flexibilities.

GAO: Feds needs greater private-sector input in tech transfer process

A federal clearinghouse responsible for helping private-sector customers identify potential opportunities to commercialize technologies developed at national labs isn't doing a good enough job communicating with them, congressional investigators said.

IG: USPS needs to tailor business to customers of the future

The U.S. Postal Service needs to be more proactive outside of its core business of mail delivery and collaborate more with established brands to succeed in servicing customers of the future, a Sept. 29 USPS inspector general report says. In a partnership with consulting firm Monitor Deloitte, the IG used scenario planning to understand the needs and expectations of such customers, and how the Postal Service could effectively meet those changing needs.

DOI, CIA lauded for Twitter engagement

The Interior Department and CIA are among several federal entities praised for their ability to engage citizens on Twitter in a new guide for good government tweeting published by the social media platform. In the handbook (pdf), Twitter credits the DOI with an account that is responsive to Twitter users.