Weekly Wrap Up: Standing With the People of Japan
06:30 PM EST
A quick look at the week that was on WhiteHouse.gov:
Standing with the people of Japan: After the tragic earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, President Obama spoke on the United States' commitment to support our friend and ally. He also visited the Japanese embassy and signed a condolence book. Find out more about what you can do to help at USAID.gov.
Education: President Obama visited a middle school in Arlington, Virginia, where he spoke on the need to reform the No Child Left Behind legislation before the beginning of the coming school year.
Good Government: From the beginning of his presidency, President Obama has worked to make the federal government more transparent and accountable to the American people. This week, we highlighted the work that's been accomplished in these first two years.
- We launched WhiteHouse.gov/GoodGovernment, which has dozens of tools and resources for finding out more about good government in Washington.
- It was Sunshine Week on WhiteHouse.gov, with a White Board video from Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra on efforts to make federal IT spending more transparent, and guest posts from Secretary Sebelius and Secretary LaHood about good government efforts at their departments.
- The Department of Justice launched FOIA.gov, a new portal for requesting documents from federal agencies under the Freedom Of Information Act.
West Wing Week: "Punching Above Your Weight"
March Madness: President Obama took a few minutes and filled out brackets for the 2011 NCAA men's and women's basketball championships.
Green beer for more than St. Patrick's Day: The Department of Energy blog highlighted a brewery in Manhattan that's developed a diesel-electric delivery vehicle.
Mobile broadband for America's future: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke on the importance of continuing to invest in mobile broadband development to keep America competitive.
2011 Financial Capability Challenge: The Department of the Treasury and Department of Education have teamed up to help teach high school students financial literacy. Find out more at www.challenge.treas.gov.
Celebrating Women's History Month: In honor of Women’s History Month, VA is celebrating the accomplishments female service members have made while serving our country.
National Broadband Map: The Department of Education, through Data.ED.gov, launched an education-focused national broadband map, providing the first national picture of high-speed internet access at PK-12 schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.