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February 1, 2013
Tech-ies mingled during a networking session after the White House Tech Inclusion Summit on January 31, 2013. (Photo credit: John Werner)
Working Toward a Tech Sector that Reflects America

At the White House Technology Inclusion Summit, private and public partners gathered to discuss how we must do more to encourage women and girls to pursue careers in these fields, as well as individuals from other underrepresented groups.

February 1, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu during an online town hall to discuss President Obama's clean energy and innovation agenda on January 11, 2011. | Photo by Charles Watkins, Contractor, Energy Department
Letter from Secretary Steven Chu to Energy Department Employees

Secretary Chu highlights progress on clean energy; announces decision not to serve a second term.

February 1, 2013
South Carolina State University students William Dumpson, left, and Alejandra Chirino, center, talk with Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske at a recent research exchange involving the laboratory and seven historically black colleges and universities.
Savannah River National Laboratory Meets with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Student and faculty leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) spent the day at the Center for Hydrogen Research at Savannah River National Laboratory, reporting on their work to professional scientists and engineers at the Laboratory.

January 31, 2013
DOE to Address Small Businesses Barriers in Government Contracting at Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – EM and the DOE Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) are working to address barriers that hinder small businesses from competing for prime contracts for work in the Cold War cleanup program.

January 30, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watches as President Barack Obama signs a Presidential memorandum, "Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally," in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama Signs New Directive to Strengthen our Work to Advance Gender Equality Worldwide

Today, President Obama took a critical step to institutionalize gender equality efforts by signing a Presidential Memorandum to strengthen and expand U.S. government capacity and coordination across all agencies to better promote gender equality and empower women and girls. In the Memorandum, President Obama reaffirmed that “promoting gender equality and advancing the status of all women and girls around the world remains one of the greatest unmet challenges of our time, and one that is vital to achieving our overall foreign policy objectives.”

January 24, 2013
Dr. Holdren, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director, speaks at the January 20, 2013 Interagency Mentoring and STEM Open House.
Interagency Mentoring and STEM Open House a Success

In honor of National Mentoring Month, last Friday the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, Labor, Agriculture, and Energy, the Office of Personnel Management, the National Science Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service jointly hosted a day-long interagency mentoring open house at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) headquarters in Washington, DC.

January 22, 2013
SBA Expands Access to Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Editor's note: This article was originally published on the Small Business Administration's website.

Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.

January 17, 2013
New Online Marketplace for Small Business Contracting Launched by Presidential Fellows

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on the Small Business Administration's website.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows, today launched a “beta” (pilot) version of RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that streamlines the government contracting process, making it simpler for small businesses to find and bid on low-dollar contracts from federal agencies. 

January 16, 2013
SunShot Incubator Inspires Solar Energy Visionaries

New funding opportunity targets the "best and brightest" of the solar community.

January 16, 2013
In DC and Around the Nation: Join the National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19, 2013

Americans in all 50 states can honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., though living out his values of service, care for your neighbor, and social justice. This is a way, as many have said, to “celebrate the man whose dream celebrates us all”. Continuing a tradition he started at his first inauguration in 2009, President Obama is calling on Americans to participate in the National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19th, 2013.