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Government looks to deliver digital services around major life events

The government should be building its digital services through an approach that takes into account ways to help with major life events including colleges and having children, says a May 15 DigitalGov blog post. "Designing services to be responsive to be life events that drive public needs is a powerful way to deliver citizen-centered value," the blog post says.

IG: USPS could make more than $1B annually by offering financial services to underserved communities

The Postal Service inspector general is again pushing the agency to consider offering banking options at post offices in communities underserved by financial institutions, saying the agency could make more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

Agencies turn to the public for innovative, cost-cutting solutions

Agencies have increasingly looked beyond federal employees and turned to public competitions to find innovative solutions to vexing problems, says a recently released Office of Science and Technology Policy report. And that's saved the government money in the long run.

GAO: Navy needs to make up its mind on the mission of its new, unmanned aircraft

The development of an aircraft carrier-based unmanned plane has been delayed by years because the Navy has not determined whether the technology will primarily be used for attacks or for surveillance. 

GSA suggests ways agencies can reduce water use

The General Services Administration shared three ways that agencies can reduce their water use over the next ten years, in an April 21 GSA blog post.

GSA touts federal vehicle fleet's energy efficiency

The General Services Administration has initiated a number of programs over the last several years to make the federal vehicle fleet more energy efficient, and the agency says the initiatives are working.

NSF: Funding for federal R&D centers has plummeted

The majority of the nation's federally funded research and development centers reported spending less on R&D in fiscal 2013 than they had the previous year, according to a National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics report.

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.