Pointers: Recommended Reading

EPA wants to make you a star
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency is hoping some hidden talent in the general public can help combat a widespread health threat.

Officials are looking for 30-second to 60-second videos that encourage people to test their houses for radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
The winner will receive a $2,500 award, and the video will appear on EPA’s Web site and be shown at the upcoming 2008 National Radon Meeting.

A tip of the hat to Steve Ressler, a former Rising Star award winner, for sending us this pointer.

To infinity and beyond
Source: San Jose Mercury News

NASA officials and scientists gathered in Silicon Valley last week to ponder the future of manned space flight, beginning with a return to the moon.

According to NASA officials, the latest effort differs from Neil Armstrong’s mission 39 years ago in its emphasis on a permanent moon settlement as a jumping-off point for further space exploration.
The San Jose Mercury News quotes S. Pete Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, as saying: “We’re going back, and this time we’re going to stay. This is the first step in settling the solar system.”

The urgency of telework
Source: Navy Department

In response to the rising cost of fuel, Robert Carey, the Navy Department’s chief information officer, is challenging managers to find more ways to accommodate employees who want to telework.
The need for flexibility “has risen to the critical stage,” given the burden of commuting in terms of time and cost, Carey wrote.

He asked managers to find ways to offer their workers the greatest possible flexibility.
“Ultimately, the department’s [information technology] infrastructure supports the mobile worker and will continue to do so,” he wrote. “Our work culture must as well.”

An uncommon view of common sense
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab is promoting an initiative called AnalogySpace, which applies data-visualization methodology to a knowledge base of common sense.

One example uses a six-axis grid to illustrate things people want versus things they are capable of.

The resulting “patterns, called ‘eigenconcepts,’ help to classify the knowledge and predict new knowledge by filling in the gaps,” according to the Web site.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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