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GAO: DOE Faces Challenges in Plutonium Production for Future NASA Missions

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says the Energy Department is facing challenges in the production of new plutonium isotopes meant to power certain NASA space missions, Space News reported Tuesday. The report said there is enough plutonium-238 in stockpiles for NASA missions scheduled through the mid-2020s, but technical issues hamper …

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Senate Panel Advances Bill to Address Security Clearance Backlog

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that seeks to reduce the current backlog of more than 700,000 government security clearance applications, Nextgov reported Friday. The SECRET Act would mandate the National Background Investigations Bureau to report pending background investigations for executive branch personnel on a quarterly …

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EPA Aims to Promote Environmental Stewardship Through Agency-Industry Partnership

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a program meant to help regulated industries manage environmental outcomes through a sector-based collaborative approach. EPA said Oct. 3 its Smart Sectors initiative offers the agency an opportunity to explore environmental protection methods and policies. Participating sectors include the aerospace, construction, electronics and technology, power generation and …

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Christopher Krebs: New DHS Task Force to Oversee State, Local Election Security

Christopher Krebs, acting undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity and critical infrastructure division, has said that DHS created a task force that will oversee the security of state and local voting systems, Nextgov reported Tuesday. He told the House Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity subcomittee during a hearing held …

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