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GAO: VA, DoD Need Outcome-Oriented Goals for EHR Systems Interoperability

The Government Accountability Office has said the departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs have not defined outcome-oriented goals and metrics to support interoperability between both entities’ electronic health records systems. GAO said Wednesday DoD and the VA determined separate modernization efforts would be more cost effective than a joint system development but neither department has a comparison of …

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Ashton Carter: US to Maintain Financial Commitment, Force Presence in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters in Kabul that the U.S. will continue its financial support for Afghanistan’s security forces as well as retain U.S. military presence in the country through 2017, DoD News reported Wednesday. Karen Parrish writes Carter met with the Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to discuss …

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NIH Picks Six Teams For HIV Cure Research Grants; Anthony Fauci Comments

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a total of $30 million in funding grants to six research teams to support the development of an HIV cure. NIH said Wednesday the grant recipients will investigate HIV treatment strategies including immunotherapy, therapeutic vaccines and gene modification as the second batch of awardees under the Martin Delaney Collaboratory program. …

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NIST to Establish Windstorm Impact Reduction Advisory Panel

The National Institute of Standards and Technology plans to form an advisory panel that will support an inter-agency program that aims to reduce the loss of property and life from windstorms. NIST said Tuesday the National Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction will consist of seven to 15 members who possess scientific, architectural and engineering skills and recommend …

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Unisys’ Casey Coleman: Agencies Embrace Digital Service Delivery Framework

Casey Coleman, group vice president of Unisys‘ federal civilian business, has said she observed many agencies prioritizing digital government initiatives since the White House  issued a road map for digital services delivery in May 2012. She wrote in a guest piece published Tuesday on the Federal Times the White House’s Building a 21st Century Digital Government framework …

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Meagen LaGraffe: State Dept’s Global Engagement Center Seeks Global Partners in Anti-IS Messaging Effort

The State Department‘s newly-established Global Engagement Center wants to create a global network of third party partners to support its messaging campaign against the Islamic State militant organization, C4ISR & Networks reported Monday. Meagen LaGraffe, chief of staff to the coordinator and special envoy of the GEC, told a New America Foundation event Thursday that GEC …

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House Passes $22B FY 2017 Financial Services, General Govt Funding Bill

House members voted Thursday to pass the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that would provide $21.7 billion to finance the operations of the Treasury Department, Judiciary, Small Business Administration and Securities and Exchange Commission for fiscal 2017. The House Appropriations Committee said Thursday the funds are $1.5 billion less than the fiscal 2016 enacted level …

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NGA Launches GEOINT App For First Responders on iTunes, Google Play

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has launched a mobile application to the public via the iTunes and Google Play app stores in efforts to aid first responders during natural disasters. NGA said Tuesday the Mobile Awareness GEOINT Environment app works to help users create geo-tagged field reports; take photos, videos and voice recordings; and share the reports and multimedia …

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