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GSA Nominee Emily Murphy Talks Competition, Transparency at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Emily Murphy, the White House’s nominee to head the General Services Administration, has said she plans to increase transparency and facilitate competition within GSA once confirmed, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. “We are trying to make sure GSA’s contracting officers and our policies support really vigorous competition at the task order level …

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NASA, Boeing Develop In-Orbit Payload Housing Platform

NASA‘s Marshall Space Flight Center and Boeing have collaborated to develop an in-orbit storage platform for payloads built to support scientific research efforts aboard the International Space Station. ISS currently houses multiple science payloads in eight shelving units dubbed EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station Racks and outfitted …

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VA Presents Draft Proposal for Replacement of Veteran Care Access Rules

The Department of Veterans Affairs has presented a draft proposal to the House and Senate veterans affairs committees of a potential legislation that seeks to build on veterans’ access to healthcare services. VA said Monday the proposed Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences Act is meant to replace the current “30-day/40-mile” rule under the …

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GAO Recommends FirstNet to Address Tribal Stakeholders’ Concerns on Public-Safety Broadband Network

The Government Accountability Office urged the First Responder Network Authority in June to consider tribal stakeholders’ concerns regarding the future Public-Safety Broadband Network and evaluate long-term staffing requirements for the effort. GAO said in a report published Thursday that FirstNet has opened a test lab for public safety devices and applications …

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Report: Barry West Named Acting DHS Deputy CIO

Barry West, a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security, has been named deputy chief information officer of DHS effective Oct. 15, FedScoop reported Tuesday. Interim DHS CIO Steve Rice said in an e-mail to staff that West will serve in a limited-term senior executive service appointment as senior adviser and as deputy …

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