Weekly News Kickoff: Federal Green Challenge Winners Announced - (Archived)

Which agencies are doing the most to reduce the government’s environmental footprint? The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the winners of the Federal Green Challenge. Welcome to the Weekly News Kickoff. Enjoy these highlights.

Federal Green Challenge Winners Announced
The Environmental Protection Agency has named winners of this year’s Federal Green Challenge, which prompts agencies to help reduce the government’s environmental footprint. More than 400 agencies participated this year. Mathy Stanislaus, the assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the challenge and this year’s winners. Download the recorded broadcast from Federal News Radio here.

New GSA Tool Lets Agencies Compare Contract Labor Rates
The General Services Administration has launched a new tool to make it easier for agencies to figure out the hourly rates for various labor categories, FederalTimes reports. The Contract Awarded Labor Category (Calc) tool allows contracting officers to conduct market research and price analysis across awarded prices on 48,000 labor categories from more than 5,000 recent GSA contracts.

Lawmakers, Experts Wrestle with Data Protection Bill
In testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, experts debated a data security bill, FCW reports. There was a major disagreement over the roles states should play, and much of the discussion centered on how vulnerable Americans are to data breaches. Multiple panelists said half of all American adults had personal information exposed in hacks last year alone — and that if hackers were to disable the electronic payments system or power grid, the results would be calamitous.

Internet Policy Experts Support Transition of Domain Names to Multi-Stakeholder Community
A proposal to shift management of the web addresses that power the Internet from the Commerce Department to a “global multi-stakeholder community” is gaining support as a deadline looms, FierceGovernmentIT reports. At a May 13 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, witnesses generally supported the transition, proposed in March 2014 by Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration., Some, however, voiced concern about the accountability of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers without U.S. oversight. ICANN oversees databases of unique identifiers related to Internet namespaces.

Six Obstacles to the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) may be the sum of smart devices, but it doesn’t necessarily add up for companies creating IoT technology, according to commentary in Information Week. A report released this month by McKinsey & Company and the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) identified several challenges, including security and data privacy, that may delay that future. Click here to see the six obstacles.

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