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Wireless carriers agree to cellphone unlocking policy

Wireless carriers committed to adopting a more consumer-friendly cellphone unlocking policy based on proposals from the Federal Communications Commission.

Agencies must use 20 percent renewable energy for electricity by 2020, White House says

Agencies will be required to use 20 percent renewable energy for its electricity by 2020, a Dec. 5 President Obama memo says. The memo builds on a 2009 executive order (.pdf) that set targets for reducing direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2020.

New White House open government plan looks good on paper, say transparency advocates

The final version of a new White House open government action plan is substantially expanded from a recently circulated  preliminary draft  – although many of the actions called for in the plan aren't new initiatives.

White House balks at Senate committee-proposed security clearance reforms

A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.

Slow rollout of FirstNet could doom nationwide interoperability

FirstNet must deliver quickly on its promise of a nationwide first-responder communications network before states and cities opt out, a former White House technology official says.

Affordable Care Act online marketplaces open

Speaking at the White House today, President Obama acknowledged that the rollout was flawed. "There are going to be some glitches in the signup process along the way that we will fix," he said. "There have been times this morning where the site has been running more slowly than it normally will." Some users also received error messages.

Spotlight: Obama to nominate Cobert for OMB position

The White House announced Sept. 10 that it will nominate Beth Cobert as the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

White House solicits input for follow-on Open Government plan

The Obama administration is seeking the public's help in developing a second National Action Plan on Open Government, states a White House blog  post. The administration poses a series of questions for public response by September 23. At a later date, the White House said it will provide an online a summary of the submissions received from the public.

White House NSA surveillance board heavy on the Washington insiders

President Obama's picks for a five member group tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance has drawn criticism over its insider-heavy composition. The group is one of a handful of Obama administration reactions to revelations of widespread surveillance of  telephone records  and  Internet communications  caused by the leaking of classified documents by former intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden.

Aging infrastructure, climate change don't bode well for grid resilience

Between 2003 and 2012, upward of 600 power outages caused by severe weather affected at least 50,000 customers each, says the report (.pdf), prepared by the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Energy Department's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The frequency and intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, floods and other extreme weather events is expected to rise due to climate change, the report says.