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IARPA Kicks Off Quantum Computing Tech R&D Project

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched an effort to research and develop “quantum enhanced” computers. The Quantum Enhanced Optimization program aims to develop technology that can speed up the training of machine learning algorithms; support circuit fault diagnostics on larger circuits; and accelerate optimal scheduling of multiple machines on multiple tasks, the Office of …

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Trump Signs Bill to Authorize NOAA Purchase of Commercial Satellite Weather Data

President Donald Trump last week signed a bill authorizing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to acquire weather data from commercial satellite systems, Space News reported Friday. Jeff Foust writes the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 allows NOAA to spend up to $6 million a year to conduct a pilot procurement program …

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DARPA’s RF Channel Emulator to Support Collaborative Machine-Learning Competition

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled a radio signal traffic emulator built to simulate electromagnetic communications during DARPA’s collaborative machine-learning competition. The Colosseum will serve as a testbed for electromagnetic systems in civilian and military domains as part of the three-year, $3.75 million Spectrum Collaboration Challenge, DARPA said Friday. A team of …

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DOJ’s Information Policy Office, GSA’s 18F Unit Partner on FOIA Portal Development

The Justice Department‘s Office of Information Policy has partnered with the General Services Administration‘s 18F digital services group to build a website for processing of Freedom of Information Act requests. OIP said Wednesday it will gather input from agency personnel and requesters on the creation of a national FOIA portal, as mandated by the FOIA Improvement Act of …

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VA Choice Program Extension Bill Gets Trump’s Signature

President Donald Trump has signed a bill to extend a Department of Veterans Affairs program that allows eligible military veterans to receive medical care from a civilian provider, DoD News reported Thursday. Trump said the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act offers former service members an option to choose their care provider and eliminates the need to travel long …

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VA, VACDC Partner to Build Ambulatory Care Center at Omaha VA Medical Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs has forged an agreement with Omaha, Nebraska-based nonprofit Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corp. to build an ambulatory care center at Omaha VA Medical Center campus. VA said Wednesday it has chosen to partner with VACDC instead of following through a 2011 plan to construct a $560 million facility. The department will …

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