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View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV - FY 2014 International Programs to Combat Trafficking in Persons Request for SOIs

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Md. Department of Education receives grant to improve school nutrition

Md. Department of Education receives grant to improve school nutrition | Department of State | Scoop.it
BALTIMORE (September 30, 2013) – The Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) School and Community Nutrition Programs Branch has been awarded $30,000 in Team Nutrition Grant funding by the U.S.
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USAID/Egypt Health and Population: Legacy Review and the Way Forward

Sponsored by the Middle East Program. This event offers a look at a new "Legacy Report" of the long term results of USAID health sector assistance in Egypt. ...
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State community and technical colleges to receive grant funding - West Virginia MetroNews

State community and technical colleges to receive grant funding - West Virginia MetroNews | Department of State | Scoop.it
State community and technical colleges to receive grant funding West Virginia MetroNews The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is going to receive $25 million from the Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community...
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White House Investing $100 Million in Government Spectrum Initiative | Broadcasting & Cable

The White House Friday is announcing a $100 million, multi-prong initiative to free up more government spectrum via spectrum sharing and spectrum efficiency that could also allow for relinquishing spectrum. That is according to a White House official on background.

At the same time, the Administration is releasing a report promoting the advances and investment in broadband under the Obama administration.

Two years ago, the president called for what he said was a deficit reduction plan to deploy high-speed wireless services to at least 98% of Americans, including those in more remote rural communities, while freeing up spectrum through incentive auctions, spurring innovation, and creating a nationwide, interoperable wireless network for public safety. He included his wireless broadband deployment plan as part of the American Jobs Act.

The new initiatives include a presidential directive to federal agencies "to enhance the efficiency of their use of spectrum and make more capacity available to satisfy the skyrocketing demand of consumer and business broadband users." 

The memorandum creates a White House-based Spectrum Policy Team to oversee implementation and make further recommendations.

The president is also pledging $100 million in R&D support. By September, the National Science Foundation will award $23 million in spectrum-sharing research and development grants and DARPA will announce the first of a planned $60 million in contracts for federal spectrum sharing efforts over the next five years.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will spend another $17.5 million on spectrum and advanced communications research and to encourage more public-private collaboration.

There will also be a Spectrum Technology Day to "showcase advances in spectrum sharing and other innovations aimed at solving the so-called 'spectrum crunch.'"

 

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This will focus attention to spectrum management.

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This will focus attention to research on effective management of spectrum use and related technologies.

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Govt Shutdown to Have Limited Effect on Obamacare, Says CRS

Govt Shutdown to Have Limited Effect on Obamacare, Says CRS | Department of State | Scoop.it
“Substantial implementation” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) will continue even as most of the federal government is shutdown, the Congressional Research Service explained in a new report.
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Charter School Blues - Wall Street Journal

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Charter schools enroll New York City residents and receive public funds—more than $1 billion a year that passes through the city Department of Education, based on a state funding formula.

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CDP Watch: U.S. Dept. of State Funding Opportunity

U.S. Dept. of State Funding Opportunity. The Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migration is offering funding for groups willing to work with long-stay Somali refugees in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya, with a focus on ...

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Department of Energy Announces 2013 Funding for University Research Programs - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant Portal

Department of Energy Announces 2013 Funding for University Research Programs - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant Portal | Department of State | Scoop.it
The latest nuclear news in Nuclear Power Industry about utilities, companies, suppliers in the nuclear energy market. (RT @hbcunews: #hbcu #scsu Department of Energy Announces 2013 Funding for University Research Program...
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Court Curbs CIA Use of a FOIA Exemption - Secrecy News

Court Curbs CIA Use of a FOIA Exemption - Secrecy News | Department of State | Scoop.it
The Central Intelligence Agency tried to make "inappropriate" use of an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act to withhold information that was not
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The Central Intelligence Agency tried to make “inappropriate” use of an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act to withhold information that was not subject to the exemption, a federal court ruled last month.

 

In a significant interpretation of the Central Intelligence Agency Act, Judge Beryl A. Howell narrowed the permissible scope of records that CIA may withhold under Section 403g of the Act.  That section allows CIA to exempt from release information concerning “the organization, functions, names, official titles, salaries, or numbers of personnel employed by” the Agency.

But in a 163 page opinion in response to a lawsuit brought by the non-profit National Security Counselors, Judge Howell ruled on August 15 that CIA was interpreting this provision in a manner that was “inappropriately broad” (discussed at pp. 99-122).

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Energy Department Announces $66 Million for Transformational Energy Technologies

Energy Department Announces $66 Million for Transformational Energy Technologies | Department of State | Scoop.it
Energy Department Announces $66 Million for Transformational Energy Technologies
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One program, Modern Electro/Thermochemical Advancements for Light-metal Systems (METALS), provides $32 million to find cost-effective and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques to process and recycle metals for lightweight vehicles. The other program, Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE), provides $34 million to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation.

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Department of Energy Announces 2013 Funding for University Research Programs

Department of Energy Announces 2013 Funding for University Research Programs | Department of State | Scoop.it
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USAID invests up to $20 million in UC Berkeley's global development initiative | UC Berkeley

USAID invests up to $20 million in UC Berkeley's global development initiative | UC Berkeley | Department of State | Scoop.it

UC Berkeley’s leadership in developing innovative and practical solutions for global problems is being recognized in a $20 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The award will fund a new multidisciplinary lab to ready inventions for the developing world, train a new generation of development practitioners and innovators, and launch a brand new field of research — Development Engineering.

 

The funding is part of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network, a bold new initiative officially launched Nov. 8, which leverages faculty and student ingenuity at seven U.S. and foreign research universities to help fight global poverty. The entire network, which will establish development labs at each university, is based on the campus’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, which USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visited in October.

 

Berkeley’s new Development Impact Lab (DIL) will utilize mobile technologies to improve health care, expand communications services in remote areas, improve access to safe water and deliver new energy technologies.

 

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State awards more than $1.8M in grants to towns, counties for post-Sandy planning - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

State awards more than $1.8M in grants to towns, counties for post-Sandy planning - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com | Department of State | Scoop.it
State awards more than $1.8M in grants to towns, counties for post-Sandy planning The Star-Ledger - NJ.com New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable, III, said in a statement that the grants will not only help towns...
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How to Register for FEMA Contracts According to The SAM Assistance Program

How to Register for FEMA Contracts According to The SAM Assistance Program | Department of State | Scoop.it
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 29, 2013 -- US Federal Contractor Registration recently rolled out another edition of their production of The SAM Assistance Program.
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Government contractors brace for federal shutdown - Washington Post

Government contractors brace for federal shutdown - Washington Post | Department of State | Scoop.it
Washington Post Government contractors brace for federal shutdown Washington Post Executives at Unisys's Reston-based federal systems business spent recent days doing what they have been doing during past stoppage threats: reviewing the status of...
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Silicon Valley long has had ties to military, intelligence agencies | SiliconValley.com

Silicon Valley long has had ties to military, intelligence agencies | SiliconValley.com | Department of State | Scoop.it

Disclosures about a secret government intelligence effort called Prism have rocked some of Silicon Valley's leading Internet companies, but the program is hardly the first instance of U.S. military and intelligence officials turning to the tech industry for help.

 

"The industry has always tried to make it seem like it was all venture capitalists and free thinkers. And it does include those people," said longtime Silicon Valley watcher Lenny Siegel, who runs the nonprofit Pacific Studies Center in Mountain View. "But there's no question that the government, particularly the military, was a driving force in the development of the computer technology that we use today."

 

Experts say the government has had good reason to cultivate ties with Silicon Valley companies. The valley has what U.S. military and intelligence agencies want: cutting-edge technology and online services -- from social networks to Web-based email and video chat rooms -- that people all over the world use to communicate and share information.

 

And despite its libertarian bent, Silicon Valley, in turn, has benefited over the years from federal research funding, supply contracts and even regulators' good will.

 

Silicon Valley's ties to the government are decades old. Back in the 1980s, the valley's biggest employer was Sunnyvale's Lockheed Missiles and Space, which developed weapons and spy satellites for the Defense Department. The Internet itself started as a defense research project. And military contracts helped support the famed SRI think tank in Menlo Park, where researchers have developed and in some cases spun off pioneering technology used in robotics, mapping and the voice-recognition software that powers Apple's Siri personal assistant.

 

Today, the CIA has its own venture capital fund, In-Q-Tel, to help finance promising tech startups. Software-makers such as Palo Alto's Palantir Technologies sell sophisticated programs that law enforcement and intelligence agencies use to analyze vast amounts of data. Mainline companies such as Cisco Systems, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard have multimillion-dollar contracts to supply computer hardware and tech services to the military and other government offices.

 

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Federal shutdown could have implications for Education Department

Missouri Digital News (MDN) Story: Missouri schools could face reduced funding for federal contracts if government shuts down. (Missouri schools could face reduced funding for federal contracts if government shuts down.
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Federal shutdown could threaten Washington state employment programs - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

Federal shutdown could threaten Washington state employment programs - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) | Department of State | Scoop.it
Federal shutdown could threaten Washington state employment programs Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) The Washington state Employment Security Department expects to send layoff-warning notices to 1,666 of its employees whose jobs rely on...
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IG Says Homeland Security Secrecy Program is in Good Shape

IG Says Homeland Security Secrecy Program is in Good Shape | Department of State | Scoop.it
The Department of Homeland Security “is streamlining classification guidance and more clearly identifying categories of what can be released and what needs to remain classified,” according to a new report from the DHS Inspector General.
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Energy Secretary Moniz to Headline at October 8 Bipartisan Policy Center New Geopolitics Event

Energy Secretary Moniz to Headline at October 8 Bipartisan Policy Center New Geopolitics Event | Department of State | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. – Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will speak at the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) upcoming event on Tuesday, October 8.


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Department of Energy = INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need to Know About Supercomputers

Department of Energy = INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need to Know About Supercomputers | Department of State | Scoop.it
INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need to Know About Supercomputers
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This month on energy.gov, we've been highlighting the incredible work being done with supercomputers at the Department's National Labs.

 

Supercomputers are changing the way scientists study the origins of our universe, design new drugs for public health and forecast global weather patterns.

 

The Energy Department's National Labs have some of the most significant high performance computing resources available, including 32 of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world.

 

In this infographic, we explain some of the complex terms associated with the speed, storage and processing on supercomputers; the game changing work being done with them; and the top 8 supercomputers that call the National Labs home. Learn more about the National Labs and their work in high performance computing.

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BusinessMirror - Miriam College gets US funding to train future women leaders

BusinessMirror - Miriam College gets US funding to train future women leaders | Department of State | Scoop.it
The online version of the Philippines' leading business newspaper features virtually all the stories and statistical data available in the print edition.
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THE exclusive all-girls’ school formerly run by American Maryknoll sisters secured funding from the United States government to train leaders among its students.

“There are traits particular to women that can help improve the quality of leadership in the Philippines, one of which is being more attuned or ‘sensitive’ to the needs of the people,” said Edizon Fermin, Miriam College High School principal, on the rationale of the project they call Cogent.

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Field-Testing the Math Apps

Field-Testing the Math Apps | Department of State | Scoop.it
With the advent of interactive touch screens, educational apps have taken off. Until recently, there has been little research into their effectiveness, but that is starting to change.
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The WGBH developers in Elias’s classroom are part of a project called Next Generation Preschool Math financed by a $3 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation. 

 

Two research organizations  —  E.D.C. and SRI International, both of which have expertise in evaluating educational technologies  —  are leading the project, known as NextGen. Its aim is to develop and evaluate apps, teachers’ guides and tools for tracking children’s progress on the path to enjoying and excelling in mathematics.

Scientific research on the educational value of apps is nearly nonexistent. The Next

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Obama’s Former Campaign Manager Creepy Jim Messina Takes Job At “Green” Energy Firm Awarded Millions In Federal Contracts, Company Led By Major Dem Donor… | Weasel Zippers

Obama’s Former Campaign Manager Creepy Jim Messina Takes Job At “Green” Energy Firm Awarded Millions In Federal Contracts, Company Led By Major Dem Donor… | Weasel Zippers | Department of State | Scoop.it
Obama’s Former Campaign Manager Creepy Jim Messina Takes Job At “Green” Energy Firm Awarded Millions… http://t.co/g1Lgrr9CzU #Agenda21
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