The White House

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Deputy Director for Policy Tom Kalil outlined ambitious goals that are achieved by advancing science, technology and innovation on Thursday, according to the White House blog.

During his presentation at the Grand Innovation Challenges of the 21st Century event in Washington, DC., he made the case for an “all hands on deck” effort to set and meet Grand Challenges that involves government, the private sector, philanthropists, and research universities. In his remarks, he also spoke of plans for a July conference on Grand Challenges-ambitious goals on a national or global scale that capture the imagination and demand advances in innovation and breakthroughs in science and technology. Grand Challenges are an important element of President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation. Keep reading →

Last week’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake along the east coast and the subsequent battering by Hurricane Irene unleashed not only a heavy dose of nature’s fury, but also a torrent of social media messaging.

And perhaps more than ever before, the federal government played a prominent role in the dialogue. While figures for this past week’s activity are still being gathered, a snapshot of social media use by federal agencies in mid-August, assembled by Breaking Gov, shows its no longer just the White House that is gaining a growing social media following. Keep reading →