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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Defense Department isn't making the investment it should be in technology, but plans to fix that with the third iteration of its Better Buying Power initiative, said DoD Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall at a Sept. 19 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.
The Office of Personnel Management's Innovation Lab has been so booked that even the agency's director needs to book months ahead of time. "The word is spreading not only as a place where good conversations happen, but also good work in solving difficult issues happen" OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a Sept. 3 speech to the Association for Talent Development. "It is so booked that for me to use that in that space and those resources in the lab, I have to schedule it months in advance."
Federal workers who give top-notch customer service could get performance awards in the future, according to a June 30 Office of Management and Budget update of cross-agency goals. The award structure is slated to be completed by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and expected to launch by the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the update says.
The Postal Service could benefit financially from the rise of 3D printing because of a rise in shipping packages short distances rather than from large warehouses across the country, a July 7 USPS inspector general report says. The total 3D printing industry was valued at around $3 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018, the report (pdf) says.
The White House directed agencies to improve public access to scientific information as part of its third annual Open Government Plan. The Office of Science and Technology Policy released the third version of the transparency strategy (pdf) June 1. It builds on earlier versions released in 2010 and 2012.