Today, President Obama signs the Open Government Partnership declaration, unveiling the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan. At the Energy Department, we are committed to creating a more efficient and effective government while ensuring that taxpayers’ money is wisely spent. Over the past year, we’ve taken a number of steps to make the Department more transparent and more participatory, including:
Students teams are now working 24/7 to assemble the solar-powered, energy-efficient homes they’ve designed for the Solar Decathlon in time for the start of the competition next Friday. Visit the Solar Decathlon site to learn how you can tour each of the 19 homes online and in person.
Lat month, over 4,000 federal, private sector, and military energy professionals participated in GovEnergy last month – an annual trade show held in Cincinnati, Ohio cosponsored by the Energy Department along with several other government agencies.
Last night the President laid out the American Jobs Act, a specific, tangible, bi-partisan strategy for putting Americans back to work. This plan will cut taxes for small businesses and put more money into the pockets of hard working Americans, without adding a dime to the Federal deficit.
The $43 million dollars in offshore wind funding Secretary Chu announced today is part of a coordinated federal strategy to put the nation's wind resources to work and support innovation and jobs throughout the United States.
Hurricane Irene struck the East coast last Friday, making landfall in North Carolina. Over the weekend, the storm traveled up the East Coast and into the mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the U.S. In response to Irene, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia declared a State of Emergency.
At the Energy Department Feeds Families Sculpture Contest, employees from across the organization made sculptures out of packaged food and household products to support the larger federal effort to help feed needy families in D.C. and beyond. In the end, participants donated 2,160 pounds of food at the event and pledged 130 pounds more.
Hurricane Irene is heading towards the East Coast, and while the extent of its impact is not yet known, those who may be effected (even inland areas), should get prepared and follow the direction of local authorities. FEMA is also working with federal, state and local partners to take proactive action in potentially affected areas.