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September 27, 2012
Empowering Women and Girls in the United States and Abroad

The goal of the Equal Futures Partnership is for women to participate fully in public life and to lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth. Founding members, including the United States, are committing to new actions including legal, regulatory and policy reforms to advance this goal.

September 26, 2012
NREL researcher Kirsten Alberi works in the luminescence mapping laboratory at the Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF). Here she aligns a laser and sample to map the photoluminescence coming off the sample. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL.
Join Us Live This Friday: Women in Clean Energy Symposium

The first-ever Women in Clean Energy Symposium happens this Friday -- learn how you can participate!

September 21, 2012
DOE Awards Native American, Tribally-Owned Small Business Contract for Support Services to Savannah River Operations Office
Editor's Note: This announcement was originally posted on the Office of Environmental Management's website.
Today the Energyy Department awarded a $20 million contact (estimated value) to a Native American Tribally-Owned Section 8(a) company for administrative support services and information technology support at our Savannah River Operations Office.
September 17, 2012
Winners of the 2011 Regional Science Bowl competition (hosted in partnership with the University of Texas - Pan American) pose at the national competition in Washington, DC. | Courtesy of the University of Texas - Pan American HESTEC Program.
Creating Educational Opportunities for Minorities in STEM

Find out how the Energy Department is working to introduce more Latino students into energy and STEM programs that offer promising and rewarding career paths.

August 29, 2012
A stratigraph of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's underground layers, where Transuranic waste is safely stored.
Office of Environmental Management Taps Small Business for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Contract

This week, Celeritex, LLC landed a contract worth up to $17.8 million with the Office of Environmental Management, having demonstrated through a competetive process that this small business is up to the task of securing and isolating defense-generated Transuranic waste. 

August 29, 2012
Shedding Light on the Solar Decathlon 2013 Teams

Follow the teams through every step of the competition on social media.

August 20, 2012
Freda Hopper serves as a Small Business Program Manager at Oak Ridge Operations Office, helping small businesses learn how to work with the Department and access contract opportunities. Here, she joins Dot Harris (at podium) at a Small Business Summit in Oak Ridge this July.
Conversations and Connections – The Expertise of our Small Business Program Managers

When Melanie Goff, president of a small, minority, women-owned business, needed to find new business prospects in the federal government, she turned to Freda Hopper. Hopper has been working with small businesses looking to get their foot in the door to federal contracting as a small business program manager since 1998, serving small businesses from her position at Oak Ridge Operations Office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

August 15, 2012
Karl Fraiser, a member of the Savannah River Special Emphasis Planning Committee, meets with Dot Harris at the site’s Women’s Equality Day Celebration. | Photo by Rob Davis, Savannah River Site.
Leveling the Playing Field for Women: Work at the Energy Department

The many talented Energy Department women work every day to lead the Department’s critical missions, serve our country, and act as models for the next generation of women leaders.

August 14, 2012
Economic Impact of 8(a) and Native American Contractors

Editor's Note: This blog post was guest written by Jennine Elias, Director of External Affairs for the Native American Contractors Association (

What is Native 8(a) and how do Tribes, Alaska Native Corporation, and Native Hawaiian Organizations fit into the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program?

August 1, 2012
Excellence in Celebrating Small Business: Meet the Woman who Runs our Small Business Awards Program

At the Department of Energy, we are committed to supporting small and disadvantaged businesses. You can see this commitment through the various programs created within the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, which is a part of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.  Small businesses are an extremely important and valuable asset to our country. With this in mind, the Department of Energy created the Annual Secretarial Small Business Awards Program to recognize the outstanding work of small and disadvantaged businesses in furthering the mission of the Department.