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November 15, 2012
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  Policy Watch 
  • Spending limits hurt participation in science, engineering conferences
    The Office of Management and Budget has placed caps on conference spending by federal agencies, which has forced some science and technology associations, including IEEE, to restrict participation at conferences or even cancel some events, writes Chris Brantley, the managing director of IEEE-USA. Congress is considering bills that would further restrict conference spending. IEEE-USA has recommended that professional science and engineering conferences and other types of meetings be exempt from conference-spending limits, Brantley writes. IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Online (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cybersecurity measure fails in Senate; Obama mulls executive order
    A bill to bolster the nation's cybersecurity has again failed to reach a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans opposed the measure, which would have created voluntary standards for companies involved in critical industries, saying it represented a slippery slope to additional government regulation. Observers say the failure makes it more likely that President Barack Obama will act to strengthen cybersecurity through an executive order. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/14) , Bloomberg (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House science committee will see membership changes
    The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is set to undergo a significant turnover, with 10 members retiring or losing their seat in the election. The committee will have a new leader, since Chairman Ralph Hall, R-Texas, faces term limits under House rules. The panel oversees policies for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, NASA and other science agencies. Insider blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Feds look to the private sector to bolster tech innovation
    Federal agencies are looking to technology startups in the private sector amid tight budgets, experts say. In lieu of direct support, government initiatives such as the Startup America Partnership and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program are working to expand opportunities for companies in industries such as health IT and the smart grid, which rank high on the Obama administration's priority list. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career & Workforce Development 
  • America's heartland emerges as possible home for tech startups
    Google's ultra-fast broadband network in Kansas City, Kan., is a magnet for technology entrepreneurs, who since September have been turning a section of the city's antiques district into a "startup village." Experts say the transition reflects a wider trend in the tech sector, as firms seeking room to grow broaden their horizons beyond Seattle, San Francisco and Boston and flock to places such as Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa. The Wall Street Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft "hackathon" aims to help young developers
    Microsoft's Wowzapp 2012 event attracted about 17,000 application developers, many of them students, and matched mentors from the company with budding engineers. The goal is to help students learn about the technical aspects and opportunities in app development. TechCrunch (11/9) , eWeek (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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