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White House Appoints Michael Kratsios to Deputy CTO Post

Michael Kratsios, former chief of staff at investment firm Thiel Capital, has been named  as the White House’s deputy chief technology officer, TechCrunch reported Friday. Kate Conger writes Kratsios succeeded former deputy CTO Alexander Macgillivray. Kratsios previously worked as chief financial officer of investment management company Clarium Capital Management and as an …

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GAO Urges GSA, OMB to Create Data Verification Procedures for Property Disposal Reports

The Government Accountability Office has called on the General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget to establish procedures that will help verify if real property disposal reports offer data as intended. GAO said in a report published Thursday it determined GSA’s Federal Real Property Profile and OMB’s report on FRPP disposal data for fiscal …

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Senate Bill Would Direct DHS to Assist State, Local Agencies in Cybersecurity Efforts

Sens. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) have introduced a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to help state and local authorities address cyber threats, Nextgov reported Thursday. Joseph Marks writes the bill would direct the DHS’ main cyber operations unit to cooperate with non-federal government officials in efforts to identify potential cyber …

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NASA Publishes Updated Catalog of Free Software Products

NASA has published the third edition of a catalog that lists free software products designed for various technical applications. The agency said Wednesday the 2017-2018 software catalog includes contributions from NASA centers on data processing and storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. Some software products include codes for drones and …

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GAO: CBP’s Biometric Exit System Project Faces Planning, Infrastructure, Staffing Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Customs and Border Protection  agency continues to face planning, infrastructure and staffing challenges in CBP’s project to build a biometric data collection system for travelers who exit the U.S. GAO said Monday CBP works with airlines and airports to explore the use of public/private partnerships for the deployment of a …

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FBI Names Carl Ghattas as Natl Security Branch Executive Asst Director

Carl Ghattas, formerly assistant director for the counterterrorism division at FBI‘s headquarters in Washington, has been appointed as executive assistant director of the bureau’s national security branch. FBI said Tuesday he has been with the bureau since 1997 and held various roles within the extraterritorial investigations squad, intelligence directorate and the Washington …

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DOE: ARPA-E Projects Obtained Nearly $2B in Private Sector Funds Since 2009

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has said 74 project teams on transformational energy technologies have accumulated $1.8 billion in follow-on funds from the private sector since the agency’s establishment in 2009. ARPA-E announced the financial milestone during the eighth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Maryland, the Energy Department said Monday. “The private sector …

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VA Seeks New Deputy CIO for Info Security

The Department of Veterans Affairs‘ immediate office of the assistant secretary for information and technology has started its search to hire a new deputy chief information officer for information security. An announcement posted Feb. 16 on the USAJobs website says the VA seeks to attract talent to add on its pool of Senior Executive Service …

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