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Rep. Elise Stefanik Introduces Bill to Create Online Legislative Process Tracking System

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York) has introduced a bill that would instruct the Library of Congress to implement a web-based platform for the general public to view and track legislative changes on Congress.gov. The Establishing Digital Interactive Transparency Act calls for the Library of Congress to present every version of a bill or resolution within the same document via the website, Stefanik’s …

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House Committee OKs Fiscal 2017 EPA, Interior Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee voted 31-18 Wednesday to approve a spending bill that would provide $32.1 billion in fiscal 2017 funds for the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service, Indian Health Service and related agencies. The committee said Wednesday the FY 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill includes $480 million to support the Payments …

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Report: FEMA Plans App Redesign With Ambit Group

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will collaborate with Ambit Group to update a mobile application the company originally developed for the agency to disseminate safety tips and tools, GCN reported Thursday. Derek Major writes FEMA and Ambit Group will redesign the app to make it easier for users to access agency-provided information. “Right now we’re in the …

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GSA’s 18F Hub Selects FBI & Treasury For Digital Acquisition Initiative Pilot

The General Services Administration‘s 18F digital services team has chosen the FBI and the Treasury Department as the first participants of a new initiative that aims to help agencies adopt emerging digital acquisition practices. FBI and Treasury officials will join the Digital Acquisition Accelerator project that includes basic training in human-centered design, lean-agile methodologies, …

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DARPA Eyes ‘Very Low Frequency’ Signals For PNT Systems as GPS Backup

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to demonstrate a positioning, navigation and timing system that will use very low frequency band signals as backup in case military forces lose access to GPS networks. Lin Haas, DARPA strategic technology officer, discussed the Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments project at DARPA Demo Day, …

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Terry Halvorsen: DoD to Replace Common Access Cards With Multifactor Authentication Systems

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen has said the Pentagon will replace Common Access Cards with multifactor authentication systems such as biometric technologies, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. Shaun Waterman writes Halvorsen told an audience at the 2016 Federal Forum that DoD has a two-year plan in place to remove CAC cards from information systems …

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Reports: Mary Davie Succeeds Kim Luke as OMB IT Category Manager

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for integrated technology service at the General Services Administration, has replaced Kim Luke as information technology category manager of the Office of Management and Budget, FCW reported Tuesday. Mark Rockwell writes Davie took over the IT division under OMB’s category management initiative that aims to simplify buying practices across the federal government by grouping commonly purchased …

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Army Program Pairs Active, Reserve Components for Tactical Exercises

California Army National Guard’s 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has joined a U.S. Army Forces Command program that pairs National Guard and Reserve units with active BCTs for joint planning, interoperability and training exercises, the Army News Service reported Thursday. David Vergun writes the 79th Infantry BCT trained with the 1st Armored Division’s 4th Battalion, …

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IRS Names Winners of Online Tax Info System Design Challenge

The Internal Revenue Service has revealed the winners of the agency’s “Tax Design Challenge” crowdsourcing competition that sought designs for a future online tax information system. The tax collection agency said Friday the three-week challenge received 48 submissions that a review panel considered for three prize categories such as overall design, best taxpayer usefulness and best financial …

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