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Rep. Will Hurd Seeks to Include Central IT Modernization Fund in FITARA Scorecard

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) looks to evaluate a proposed information technology modernization working capital fund through the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard used to evaluate the performance of government IT systems, MeriTalk reported Friday. The planned central IT modernization fund is part of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which has …

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USAID Issues Grants to 25 Global Research Efforts

The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to invest a total of $5 million in 25 research projects across 15 USAID partner countries. USAID said Thursday the 25 new programs are funded under the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research initiative, which supports researchers in developing countries that work with U.S. government-backed researchers …

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FedRAMP Rolls Out ‘Tailored’ Baseline for Low-Risk Cloud SaaS Offerings

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has launched a “tailored” baseline designed to accelerate the process for authorizing low-impact software- as-a-service platforms for government use. A blog entry posted Thursday says the FedRAMP Tailored baseline covers low-risk systems such as collaboration platforms, project management applications and tools that support open-source code development. The baseline is also …

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Federal CIO Margie Graves: Agencies Move to Implement Standardized IT Spending Tracker

Federal agencies have started to implement a standard framework for monitoring information technology spending, FCW reported Tuesday. Margie Graves, acting federal chief information officer, said that the Technology Business Management framework is intended to help government agencies locate IT costs and understand their business cases. Graves added that the CIO Council and General …

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Report: Pentagon Wants to Redirect $416M in Funds Toward Missile Defense Programs

The Defense Department has asked Congress to approve a proposal to transfer $416 million from multiple fiscal year 2017 defense accounts to missile defense programs, Defense News reported Tuesday. Majority of the requested funds would be taken from unobligated FY 2017 U.S. Army and Army Reserve operations and maintenance accounts, according …

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National Guard Provides Comms System to Aid Hurricane Recovery Efforts

The U.S. National Guard has rolled out satellite communications systems in an effort to address communication gaps in hurricane-affected U.S. territories. The Guard said Friday its Joint Incident Site Communications Capability is designed to facilitate high-frequency radio, data, video and voice communications between first responders. Four JISCCs are currently on-site in …

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Ryan McCarthy: Funding Predictability Key to Maintain Army Readiness, Modernization Efforts

Ryan McCarthy, acting secretary of the U.S. Army, has said the service branch requires a “sufficient” and “predictable” budget to maintain readiness and prepare for future operations. “You don’t defend a country on a budget, you defend it on a strategy,” McCarthy said Wednesday during his visit to the Aberdeen Proving Ground …

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