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Robert Strayer Joins State Dept as Tech Policy Lead

Robert Strayer, former general counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has joined the State Department as deputy assistant secretary for cyber and international communications and information policy. Strayer will lead U.S. engagement on technology policy and digital economy with international organizations in his new role, the Computer & Communications …

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Commerce Dept Wants Public Feedback on Proposed Regulations for 911 Grant Program

The Commerce Department seeks public input on the proposed implementing rules of a grant program that would fund state and local governments’ 911 call center modernization efforts. The department said Thursday the 911 Grant Program will issue up to $110 million in funds to help states and local jurisdictions adopt internet protocol-based emergency services …

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FCC Issues Requirements for FirstNet Opt-Out States

The Federal Communications Commission has defined standards that the agency will use to assess broadband networks of U.S. states that are opting out of the First Responder Network Authority’s national public safety network, MeriTalk reported Thursday. FCC will evaluate states’ requests to use their own networks through a two-pronged review system. The agency …

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Australia Unveils Defense Investment Priorities for 2018

Christopher Pyne, Australian minister for defense industry, has unveiled the country’s investment priorities under an innovation program that supports technology development efforts in the defense sector. The Australian defense department said Wednesday the country invested $1.3 billion in defense industry and innovation projects over the next decade, which includes $507.6 million …

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Report: Scott Blackburn Named Interim VA CIO

Scott Blackburn, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed to serve as VA’s chief information officer and assistant secretary for information and technology on an interim basis, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Blackburn will succeed Rob Thomas, who is due to retire in October after more than …

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DARPA Holds Talks to Discuss Biotech Research Programs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency held a series of talks in Menlo Park, California last week to discuss the biotechnology research programs of the agency’s Biological Technologies Office as well as ways to advance the commercialization of biotechnology platforms. The two-day meeting dubbed “Biotech Startups of the Future” highlighted BTO’s research …

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