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The Water in the West Symposium , presented by COlorado State University on March 13-14, 2019:  Join leaders from diverse disciplines to dive deep into water issues affecting the region and to explore innovative solutions to water challenges. The Symposium will feature nationally renowned speakers, and showcase the efforts of various sectors in leveraging research, innovation, education, and creative policies to address the most pressing global water issues.

Other confirmed speakers include Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners, and Tom Vilsack, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Ticket sales end Friday March 8, 2019.  REGISTER AND INFO.

Friday, February 15, 2019:  President Trump signed into law a spending bill to avoid another partial government shutdown, ensuring full-year appropriations for all federal agencies (meaing through September 30, 2019). The bill sets line-by-line spending levels for the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security and Justice, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, Office of Personnel Management and other independent agencies. For a full analysis of the contents of that bill, which includes a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees, see more at

Dan Powers
January 30th, 2019

January 30, 2019:  From FedWeek (read the full article) Federal employees who went unpaid due to the partial government shutdown are to start receiving their back pay as soon as today (Wednesday) in some cases, although many agencies have told their employees to expect it tomorrow, and others still have not been specific, leaving open the possibility of the pay not coming until Friday or even later.

Agencies are working under a recent law’s requirement to pay employees “as soon as possible” and “regardless of the pay cycle”; both OPM and OMB also have urged them to act promptly, as have a number of members of Congress.

January 25, 2019: An end to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history is in sight, after President Donald Trump said Friday he’ll support a temporary, three-week continuing resolution that would reopen shuttered agencies.

From Federal News Network; President Donald Trump on Friday announced he’ll support a temporary, three-week continuing resolution that would reopen shuttered agencies and end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

The continuing resolution would keep all of government open through Feb. 15, giving the President and congressional leaders time to negotiate a border security deal. READ MORE>>>

Executive Energy Leadership Program: 

2019 Call for Applications

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking applicants for its 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program—Energy Execs.

NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy is a nationally renowned program that provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders an opportunity to learn about advanced energy technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning. Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate in the program. The program requires travel to Golden, Colo., June 19 – 21, July 17 – 19, Aug. 14 – 16, and Sept. 18 – 20.