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- Posted byon July 26, 2010 at 1:57 PM EST
Starting today, the President and the Vice President’s daily public schedules are now available online. You don’t have to come to WhiteHouse.gov to find out what the President and Vice President are up to each day – you can subscribe to their schedules via RSS or even add their schedules to your own Outlook, iCal, Google calendar, or any other calendar service that’s compatible with an iCal feed. Just click here to download the iCal feed and add it to your calendar today. Your calendar will be automatically updated as new events are added to the President and Vice President’s schedule.
- Posted byon July 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM EST
Cross posted from the AOTUS blog.
Today, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Federal Register Act by launching Federal Register 2.0. In a special event in the Rotunda of the National Archives, I was joined by the Public Printer of the United States and distinguished guests from regulatory agencies and the open government community to introduce the web 2.0 version of the daily Federal Register.
- Posted byon July 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM EST
President Obama recently joined with our partners in the G-20 to launch the G20 SME Finance Challenge to uncover the most promising and scalable means of financing small businesses. Last week, Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard explained the critical role of small businesses as engines of job creation and called on the private sector to identify new finance models to help them grow. Private financial institutions, private investors and companies, socially responsible investors, foundations, and civil society organizations can submit solutions through August 25th. Up to 15 winners will be invited to the November 2010 G-20 Summit in Korea to be recognized for their innovative ideas. In addition, the G-20 has committed to mobilizing funding to scale them up.
To learn more, check out The SME Finance Challenge: Supporting Small Businesses as Big Engines of Growth over on the White House blog.
- Posted byon July 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM EST
What if senior management in an Agency – or anyone in the public – could identify and monitor the performance of IT projects just as easily as they could monitor the stock market or baseball scores? That’s what the IT dashboard does -- and it’s changing the way government does business.
- Posted byon July 14, 2010 at 9:38 AM EST
The moment of truth has come. In March, the First Lady challenged the talented and kid-savvy innovators across the country to build games and tools that inspire and empower kids and their parents to get active and eat healthy. Over the past four months, hundreds of students, developers, and entrepreneurs have dreamed up new ideas, teamed up with their peers in game jams across the country, and toiled to build something really special—something that will move the needle on childhood obesity.
Now, it is your turn to weigh in. Test the tools. Take a video game or two out for a test drive. See which ones get you hooked and get you moving. Watch the kids in your life love ‘em or leave ‘em. Spread the word—share your favorites with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace. You can find all 95 of the final entries online.
And, of course, don’t forget to vote. Public voting begins today and is open until noon on August 14th. Your top picks will take home the $4,500 Popular Choice award and be honored at a White House event in September.
The Apps for Healthy Kids all-star panel of judges will be reviewing submissions alongside you this summer, to select a Grand Prize Winner, Runner Up, Honorable Mention, and GE Healthymagination Student Awards for both the “Tool” and “Game” categories.
Amanda Eamich is Director of Web Communications at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Posted byon July 13, 2010 at 1:10 PM EST
NASA’s Centennial Challenge program is a dramatic departure from business as usual. Centennial Challenges are inducement prizes that challenge independent teams to race to achieve bold goals—and to do so without a single penny of upfront government funding. In doing so, NASA leverages private sector investment many times greater than the cash value of the prize and pays only for results. Open to all, the Centennial Challenges already boast an impressive track record of generating novel solutions from student teams, citizen inventors, and entrepreneurial firms outside the traditional aerospace industry. The proven success of prizes at NASA and beyond led the Obama Administration to urge other agencies to follow in their footsteps.
This entrepreneurial ecosystem now has three new challenges to tackle.
The Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge is to place a small satellite into Earth orbit, twice in one week, with a prize of $2 million. The goals of this challenge are to stimulate innovations in low-cost launch technology and to encourage creation of commercial nano-satellite delivery services.
The Night Rover Challenge is to demonstrate a solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate in darkness using its own stored energy. The prize purse is $1.5 million. The objective of this challenge is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems here on Earth.
The Sample Return Robot Challenge is to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. This challenge has a prize purse of $1.5 million and the objective is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies.
The new Centennial Challenges were announced as part of a larger discussion of the agency’s proposed new space technology investments at a two-day industry forum hosted by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist.
As a research and development agency, NASA plays a vital role in America’s innovation engine and, as such, its future economic prosperity and security. The President’s FY 2011 budget request for NASA is part of a larger national research and development effort in science, technology, and innovation that will lead to new products and services, new business and industries, and high-quality, sustainable jobs. NASA’s new technology and innovation investments are required to enable new approaches to NASA’s current aeronautics, science and exploration missions and allow the Agency to pursue entirely new missions including sending humans into deep space to compelling destinations such as near-Earth asteroids and Mars.
At the two-day event, speakers will focus on the president's fiscal year 2011 budget request for NASA's new Space Technology Programs. Representatives from industry, academia and the federal government are invited to discuss strategy, development and implementation of NASA's proposed new technology-enabled exploration. During the forum, NASA will update participants on plans for the new Space Technology Programs, solicit feedback, information and relevant ideas, and discuss next steps.
Aneesh Chopra is United States Chief Technology Officer
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