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David Vargas: OPM Develops Blockchain-Based Prototype for Federal Employee Transfer

The Office of Personnel Management has developed a blockchain technology-based prototype as part of a new employee digital record platform, Federal News Radio reported Friday. “We’ve actually prototyped a blockchain for an employee transfer,” David Vargas, director of the human resources line of business at OPM, said Thursday during a panel discussion …

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White House Directive Seeks to Reform Commercial Space Regulations

President Donald Trump has signed a new directive that seeks to introduce reforms to commercial space regulations. A White House memorandum published Thursday says the Space Policy Directive-2 would direct the secretary of the Transportation Department to review licensing regulations concerning commercial spaceflight launch and re-entry operations in collaboration with …

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USDS, OFPP Unveil Certification Program for Federal Digital Service Procurement Professionals

The U.S. Digital Service has teamed up with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to launch a new certification that aims to facilitate training of government digital service acquisition professionals. USDS said Wednesday the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Core-Plus Specialization in Digital Services was launched in accordance with President Donald …

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David Davis: Air Force Needs Technical Practices That Align With Space Resilience Focus

David Davis, chief systems engineer for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, has said the service branch’s focus on resilience to counter emerging space threats has implications for spacecraft production and testing, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. “The technical practices we employ today will continue to drive high costs,” Davis said at …

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GAO Cites Gaps in NASA’s IT Mgmt Practices for Cybersecurity, Workforce Planning

The Government Accountability Office has found deficiencies in NASA’s implementation of information technology management practices. GAO said in a report published Tuesday those deficiencies were observed in the space agency’s practices for cybersecurity, governance, workforce and strategic planning. NASA falls short of implementing an effective cybersecurity risk management process that includes …

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