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Good to Know…Week of July 12, 2010

IDEAS

White House Contest Asks Federal Workers for Money-Saving Ideas

Federal workers with thoughts on how to save taxpayer dollars can start submitting their cost-conscious ideas Thursday as part of a contest backed by the White House.
The second annual SAVE Award will start accepting submissions at http://www.saveaward.gov from Thursday through July 22.

To read this article, go to: Washington Post

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Abengoa, Abound Solar Score $2 Billion From the U.S. Government

President Obama made a bold pronouncement in his first Oval Office speech last month: “Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation,” he said. It’s not too big of a project, because “the same thing was said about our ability to land a man safely on the moon.” The government’s clean energy push may not be man-on-the-moon scale yet, but this weekend’s nearly $2 billion loan guarantee for solar power is a decent start.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

TELEWORK

Telework is Vital to Government Operations, Chiefs Say

Despite indications that telework is losing momentum in government, top executives at five agencies promoted the practice and said managers should make it possible for more employees to work from home.

To read this article, go to: GovExec.com

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