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Social 'share' buttons expand federal websites' reach, says social media manager

Federal agencies can boost online engagement if they properly use social media "share" buttons on pages of their website, says Sara Smith, social media strategist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Agencies can use applicant data to ensure women get slice of STEM grants, GAO says

Some science and technology agencies that manage federal grants could be using data collected on candidates to make sure women are getting an equal shake at the research money, says a recently released Government Accountability Office report.

NASA's JWST on schedule, but could experience overruns due to outdated risk analysis, says GAO

NASA is currently on schedule for time and cost with its James Webb Space Telescope, but could slip off schedule if it continues to use outdated risk analysis methods and drain its schedule reserves, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.

USPS IG and economist spar over Postal Service's role in the private sector

Disagreement over the Postal Service's role in business outside of mail delivery sparked debate at a March 25 Brookings Institution event. The Postal Service needs to act as an intermediary between those who have access to digital services and those who don't, USPS Inspector General David Williams said at the event.

Report: Shared services will help budget-strapped agencies with an aging workforce

Shared services among agencies will help the government as federal employees retire and budgets continue to tighten, said Assistant Secretary of Treasury David Lebryk at an Association of Government Accountants conference according to an AGA report.

Federal government energy consumption hits 40-year low, says agency report

The federal government's energy consumption is at its lowest since at least 1975, says a Feb. 4 Energy Information Administration statement.

USPS IG: International mail forwarding, continuity shipping would be boon for business

The Postal Service could gain some much-needed revenue with services such as international mail forwarding and continuity shipping, says the agency's watchdog in a report that explores the feasibility of non-postal products.

GSA touts benefits of internal crowdsourcing efforts

Federal agencies are often encouraged to consult external stakeholders to assess the direction and impact of their policies, but there are many advantages to crowdsourcing within a given agency as well, says the General Services Administration.

GAO: James Webb Space Telescope risks schedule slip

Despite NASA reporting the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, will launch as planned in October 2018, the Government Accountability Office says one of the agency's most complex and expensive projects in NASA history faces increased schedule and cost risks.

GSA seeks industry input on latest iteration of governmentwide payment system

The General Services Administration is seeking industry feedback on best practices for its governmentwide commercial payment system, says a Dec. 10 GSA statement. The request for information is meant help the agency develop GSA SmartPay 3, a new iteration of the governmentwide payment and charge card program, the statement says.