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Back to School -- Census Bureau Introduces the Statistics in the Schools Program

Fri, 2014-09-05 11:54

Cross blog post by John H. Thompson, Director, U.S. Census BureauA lot of our work at the Census Bureau looks toward the future – next year’s American Community Survey, or the decennial Census in 2020, for example. One exciting forward-looking initiative is our Statistics in Schools (SIS) program.

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The Employment Situation in August

Fri, 2014-09-05 09:30

With today’s report, the economy has now added 10 million private-sector jobs over 54 straight months of job growth. This figure is a marker of the progress that has been made, but also a reminder that more must still be done to create jobs, especially for the long-term unemployed, and grow the middle class. Although the pace of job gains in August was below recent months, the broader trends are moving in the right direction.

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SHOP Early Access in Five States Benefits Small Employers Nationwide

Fri, 2014-09-05 00:00

Editor's Note: This blog is by Rhett Buttle, Director, Private Sector Engagement and first appeared at...

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Nurse Lan, On Time Every Time, Thanks to Transit

Thu, 2014-09-04 12:58

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog. See the original post here.

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President Obama Names Megan Smith U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray Deputy U.S. CTO

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:33

On his first full day in office, President Obama created the U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) position within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens.
Today, President Obama announced that Megan Smith will serve as the next U.S. CTO and Assistant to the President, succeeding Todd Park, and that Alexander Macgillivray will serve as a Deputy U.S. CTO.
President Obama said today:

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $15 Million Grant Competition to Spur Regional Innovation

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:15

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the launch of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) $15 million 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation.

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Small Business Logistics and Distribution Made Easy

Thu, 2014-09-04 00:00

One of the trickiest pieces of the startup puzzle can be to figure out, how will all of this actually work? The logistics, that is! You’ve got a great idea for a product or...

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NIST Team Honored for Work on Military Smartphone Apps, Security

Wed, 2014-09-03 17:53

The U.S. Department of Commerce's today announced researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have earned a 2014 GCN Award for Information Technology Excellence* for speeding development and delivery of secure, battlefield-handy—and sometimes lifesaving—smartphone apps to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.The four-year NIST effort included distilling soldiers’ needs into app requirements, evaluating app performance, and designing a unique smartphone security architecture.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests Nearly $2 Million to Support Entrepreneurs and Startups in South Carolina

Wed, 2014-09-03 17:44

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.9 million investment to the University of South Carolina (USC)/Columbia Technology Incubator. The grant will support the building of a new startup center to serve as the regional hub for the development of entrepreneurship, incubation, and acceleration programs for early stage ventures across South Carolina.

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New Report Shows that Slow Health Care Spending Growth Continued in 2013, While Near-Term Trends Remain Encouraging

Wed, 2014-09-03 17:23

New estimates out today from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that national health expenditures rose at historically slow rates in 2013, continuing the exceptionally slow growth in health costs seen in recent years. This slow growth, which is thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, is already generating major benefits for both the Federal budget and our economy.

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