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OPM Updates Online Federal Job Application Process

The Office of Personnel Management has revamped federal job application tools on the USAJobs website as part of a redesign of the government’s online recruitment portal. OPM said Wednesday new site enhancements are meant to help agency job seekers to review requirements for a position, manage resumes and track the progress of their applications throughout the …

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New FAA Committee to Help Agency Expand ‘Micro’ UAS Safety Requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration is organizing an aviation rulemaking committee to recommend guidelines for the classification and operation of “micro” unmanned aircraft systems as part of the agency’s efforts to ensure safe UAS integration into the national airspace. FAA said Wednesday the committee will explore safety standards to help the agency classify which drones …

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Army Explores Strategies, Challenges for Future Force Development

The U.S. Army has conducted a study of emerging operational, strategic and tactical challenges as the military service aims to identify methods to prevent overmatch by adversaries through 2025 and beyond, the Army News Service reported Monday. David Vergun writes Brig. Gen. Lee Quintas, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center’s concept development …

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GAO: DOE Faces Challenges in Modernization of Nuclear Security Infrastructure

The Energy Department continues to face cost and schedule management issues in the agency’s projects to modernize the U.S. nuclear security enterprise, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO said Tuesday DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration has made some improvements to how it manages an ongoing life-extension program for B61-12 nuclear gravity bombs but the initiative has …

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FAA to Sanction Unregistered Drone Operators; Michael Huerta Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration will impose regulatory or criminal sanctions against operators of small unmanned aerial systems that are not registered with the agency, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Keith Laing writes FAA’s mandatory online registration for civilian drones that weigh less than 55 pounds ended Friday. The agency has recorded 368,472 registrants and said unregistered drone users could face a …

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Beth Anne Killoran: HHS Uses ‘Aggregate’ Data to Manage IT Security Risks

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services believe that a transparent reporting structure can be a tool to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of HHS and its component agencies, Federal Times reported Monday. Aaron Boyd writes HHS recorded a total of 26,381 computer security incidents across the department’s four key components between January …

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Report: Leon Panetta, Tony Blair Partner for Anti-Violent Extremism Campaign

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair have partnered to establish a new commission with the intent to help U.S. and European government leaders counter violent Islamist radicalization, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Elise Viebeck writes the group, backed by the Center for Strategic and International …

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State Dept OKs Saudi Arabia’s Request for $200M in Military Training Services

The State Department has approved a potential $200 million foreign military sales agreement for Saudi Arabia to obtain military training services from the U.S. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Thursday the deal calls for the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia organization to identify, plan and execute security cooperation training and advisory …

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GAO: Coordination Key to Identify DoD’s Professional Services Acquisition Needs

A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department should establish a coordinated approach for military organizations to forecast and manage funding requirements for professional services contracts. GAO said Thursday it found that DoD obligated about $85 billion for the acquisition of research and development, facility management and knowledge-based services during fiscal 2014, …

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