In Process Given continuing budget pressures combined with the focus on performance envisioned in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, federal agencies need to identify ways to operate more efficiently. GAO was asked to (1) describe selected initiatives that federal departments are implementing to achieve efficiencies; and (2) identify key practices associated with implementing these initiatives, as well as selected state initiatives, that can be applied more broadly in the federal government. GAO reviewed agency documents and interviewed officials from the Departments of Homeland Security ...
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October 2, 2011
GAO-11-908, Streamlining Government: Key Practices from Select Efficiency Initiatives Should Be Shared Governmentwide, September 30, 2011
September 28, 2011
The system combines sounds, voice, and tactile sensation and was unveiled Wednesday by Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Developers in Windsor, Connecticut are transforming a brownfield site into a $1 billion housing project, in the core of its corporate office center.
Massapequa Park will be the first Long Island municipality to use electronic sensors embedded in the street to detect illegally parked vehicles.
Warren Karlenzig pays San Francisco a visit to tour its 15 "parklets", tiny urban public spaces carved out of underused road space or a couple of parking lots.
September 25, 2011
TWO years ago Sabina sold flowers on the street from a shopping trolley. Today she has her own storefront in Queens, thanks to a $1,500 loan from Grameen America, a microfinance institution based on Grameen bank, which was founded by Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh. Since opening its first American branch in January 2008, Grameen has found fertile ground. It has lent more than $25m to 7,300 borrowers. At 15%, interest rates are high, but far less than a loan shark or payday lender would charge (the annualised interest on a payday loan is typically 400%, sometimes twice that), and there are no ...
Two planners with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reveal how they use GIS to coordinate their efforts, using the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan as an example.
September 23, 2011
Cisco has sponsored a number of "Travel Stations" to be tested in a handful of subway stops. Dan Nosowitz went down to Bowling Green to try one out.
San Francisco's grand experiment to see whether traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by micromanaging the supply of public parking through price manipulation took center stage Thursday at a...
September 21, 2011
More than 100,000 public records are available in the city of Sacramento's new online records library.
New site asks citizens for opinions, ideas on how federal government can make better use of its Internet properties.
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Cities from Fayetville, AR to Pendleton, OR are taking advantage of their public libraries as places to get input on important strategic initiatives.
September 20, 2011
The city of Charlotte, N.C. and a handful of major companies are hoping cutting-edge technology can show 82,000 workers in the biggest downtown office towers how to save energy
September 19, 2011
The "On The Go" travel station is a giant iPad-like touch screen which gives riders real-time information on delays, service changes, construction, and escalator and elevator status.
New York City is removing its last single-space parking meter in Manhattan today, The New York Times reports. Instead of collecting parking fees for individual spots, the New York City Department of Transportation is converting to Muni-Meters that take up ...
Under a pilot program aimed at heading off 911 calls and trips to the hospital, some paramedics visit chronically ill patients at their homes to check their vital signs and medications.
September 16, 2011
The Army said it has both a demand for renewable energy and the land that private industry needs to make large-scale generation projects viable. A new task force aims to speed the process of putting private renewable energy facilities on Army real estate.
September 15, 2011
NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) — New York City says it will start a bike-sharing program across its five boroughs beginning next year.
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