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Postal Service could utilize driverless cars in the future, IG says

The Postal Service should look to the future and plan for how it could use self-driving vehicles to cut costs and speed up deliveries, says a Sept. 28 USPS inspector general blog post.

Agencies need a solid plan, effective outreach to make prize competitions work, panel says

Prize competitions meant to spur federal innovation will only work if agencies have a solid plan in place and effective ways of promoting the challenge, according to panelists at a Sept. 18 webinar.

USPS could help neighborhoods by using data for urban planning and checking on elderly residents, IG says

The Postal Service inspector general thinks the role of the Postal Service could go beyond just delivering mail by further helping the neighborhoods they serve, according to an Aug. 24 USPS OIG blog post.

First female soldiers graduate from Army Ranger school, not allowed in elite force

The first two women in history have graduated from the grueling Army Ranger school at Fort Benning in Georgia, though the women won't be allowed to serve in the elite force.

Navy will use solar energy for 14 Navy and Marine installations

The Navy has signed on to have a 210 megawatt solar facility built at its Naval Air Station North Island, California, making it the biggest purchase of renewable energy by federal entity, according to an Aug. 20 Navy statement.

GAO: Agencies having trouble implementing green building initiatives

Federal agencies are having trouble implementing the green building standards ordered by the Obama administration, says a July 23 Government Accountability Office report.

IG: Postal Service could generate millions by partnering with wellness services

The Postal Service could boost its revenue by partnering with wellness organizations that need help delivering goods and services to their clients, says July 22 USPS inspector general report.

OSTP: Prizes continue to entice the public to help government solve tech problems

Agencies have spurred innovation and saved money through the use of prizes that entice the public to help the government with complex problems, according to a July 17 blog post by two White House Office of Science and Technology Policy officials.

DoD business systems modernization isn't producing results, GAO says

The Defense Department's effort to modernize its business systems isn't producing the desired results because the department hasn't implemented recommendations defined over the last 20 years, says a July 16 Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: NASA Space Launch System cost and schedule estimates are unreliable

NASA's cost and schedule estimates for its Space Launch System aren't credible because the agency didn't follow best practices, says a July 16 Government Accountability Office audit.