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Report: Coast Guard Eyes Adoption of DoD-VA EHR System

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a migration to the joint electronic health records system of the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Rear Adm. Michael Haycock, chief acquisition officer at the Coast Guard, told lawmakers at a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday that the MHS …

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Sen. Claire McCaskill Wants OMB to Explain Proposed Federal Pay Freeze

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has asked Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to explain the agency’s proposal to suspend salary increases for all federal employees, Government Executive reported Friday. McCaskill urged Mulvaney in a letter to provide the rationale behind the proposed pay freeze, which will affect law enforcement …

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Jason Matheny Outlines IARPA’s 2018 Biosecurity Initiatives

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to launch new research programs in 2018 to mitigate threats associated with biological weapons, FCW reported Friday. IARPA Director Jason Matheny told FCW in an interview that advances in biotechnology present growth opportunities for medicine, agriculture, energy and materials, but could also lead to the creation of …

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NIST Creates Superconducting Switch to Help Build ‘Brain-Like’ Computers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has created a superconducting switch to support the development of “neuromorphic” computers that would operate like a human brain. NIST said Friday the switch, called a synapse, is designed to connect processors and store memories of neuromorphic systems. Neuromorphic computers are envisioned to improve perception and decision-making …

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NIST Report Aims to Help Businesses Understand Blockchain

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft report on blockchain in an effort to give businesses a “straightforward” description of the technology. The nearly 60-page document titled, “Draft NIST Interagency Report 8202: Blockchain Technology Overview” includes information on the concept of blockchain, its use in electronic currency and …

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