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Featuring Your #WHHolidays Experience on WhiteHouse.gov

December 12, 2014

Each year, President Obama and the First Lady welcome people from around the country to visit the White House during the holiday season. Throughout the month of December, 65,000 people will enjoy decorations adorning "The People’s House," including 26 Christmas trees, a 420-pound gingerbread house, and animated replicas of First Dogs Bo and Sunny. Visitors are taking to social media to post about their visit using #WHHolidays, and now we’re excited to share their experience with you.

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Defining Operational Excellence One Person at a Time

December 12, 2014

When you’re striving for excellence, it helps to have an
example. It’s much easier to work hard on something when you’ve seen
others succeed despite obstacles. A
highlight each year at the National Institute
of Standards and Technology is the annual
awards ceremony. This is where NIST
celebrates operational excellence through
the many achievements of its scientific,
engineering, administrative and other support staff members. 

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Honoring Lifelong Efforts to End Violence Against Women

December 12, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Vital Voices of Solidarity Awards ceremony, in New York City, New York, Dec. 10, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Print This Out and Cross "Getting Covered" Off Your Holiday To-Do List

December 12, 2014

Dashing through the snow, trying to pick up those last minute gifts for family and friends? It's hard to keep track of everything you need to get done this holiday season, but here's one thing you should cross off the list by December 15: health insurance.
You need to sign up by December 15 in order to have coverage on January 1, 2015. 

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Chart of the Week: Higher-Wage Industries are Adding More Jobs

December 12, 2014

This holiday season, our economy is ringing in some good news: The U.S. is outpacing much of the world in putting people back to work. Over the first 11 months of 2014, our economy has created 2.65 million jobs -- more than in any year since the late 1990s. Businesses have created 10.9 million jobs over the past 57 months in a row, extending the longest streak of private sector job growth on record. Over the last four years, we’ve put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all other industrialized nations combined.

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Take the Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Holidays at the White House?

December 11, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take part in the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Dec. 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Throughout our history here at the White House, Presidents and First Families have joined people from across the country to celebrate the joyous holiday season.
Take our quiz to find out how much you know about the holiday season at the White House. After, head to WhiteHouse.gov/Holidays to learn more about what's new this year.

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The President Meets with His Export Council, Announces Nearly $400 Million to Improve U.S. Competitiveness

December 11, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with the President’s Export Council in Room 350 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Dec. 11, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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USPTO Open Data Roundtable – An Awesome Beginning

December 11, 2014

Guest blog post by Thomas Beach, Senior Advisor in the
Office of the Under Secretary and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and
Scott Beliveau, Open Data Team Lead, U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeNobody doubts the value of data today, and the Obama Administration
has taken many important steps towards making government data more open and
accessible to the public. As Secretary Pritzker likes to remind us, the
Department of Commerce is “America’s Data Agency,” and has a unique and central
role in that transformation.   Although

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The Untold Stories of Women in Science and Technology: Let's Write Them Permanently into History

December 11, 2014

A painting of an elegantly dressed woman named Lady Ada Lovelace hangs on the wall at the U.K. Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street.
She's considered to be the world's first programmer -- but most people have never heard of her.
Ada Lovelace's experience remains all too familiar: So many of the breakthrough contributions of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields continue to go untold, too often fading into obscurity.

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Staff-Led Groups Create Change Within the International Trade Administration

December 11, 2014

This year, the International Trade Administration’s Industry and Analysis (I&A) team launched the “Renaissance Project.” The initiative aims to create a system of turning ideas into actions, and it has helped increase our team’s productivity and boost morale.Through the project, we challenged a series of staff working groups to develop ideas to not only make I&A a better place to work, but also come up with tangible, actionable steps to put those ideas into motion.Every three to four months, a new group of interested volunteers discussed a particular theme, and then identified the c

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