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USAID Issues Grants to 25 Global Research Efforts

The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to invest a total of $5 million in 25 research projects across 15 USAID partner countries. USAID said Thursday the 25 new programs are funded under the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research initiative, which supports researchers in developing countries that work with U.S. government-backed researchers …

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FedRAMP Rolls Out ‘Tailored’ Baseline for Low-Risk Cloud SaaS Offerings

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has launched a “tailored” baseline designed to accelerate the process for authorizing low-impact software- as-a-service platforms for government use. A blog entry posted Thursday says the FedRAMP Tailored baseline covers low-risk systems such as collaboration platforms, project management applications and tools that support open-source code development. The baseline is also …

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In the News: Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., NASA’s Acting Administrator

“Dream. Innovate. Build. Discover.” The final frontier might not be so final after all–When an organization like NASA sees the smoke and fire of engines of the Space Launch System, they direct their eyes skyward toward orbital reconnaissance, advanced propulsion technologies in space travel, recovering satellites and next-gen communications, the …

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Federal CIO Margie Graves: Agencies Move to Implement Standardized IT Spending Tracker

Federal agencies have started to implement a standard framework for monitoring information technology spending, FCW reported Tuesday. Margie Graves, acting federal chief information officer, said that the Technology Business Management framework is intended to help government agencies locate IT costs and understand their business cases. Graves added that the CIO Council and General …

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James Mattis: US Govt Commits to Help Afghanistan Mitigate Regional, Safety Challenges

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has reassured Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the U.S. government will support Afghanistan on challenges related to safety and other regional problems, DoD News reported Thursday. Mattis spoke at a news conference in Kabul to help reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to help Afghanistan mitigate …

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GSA Launches Beta Version of Updated Procurement Site; Christy Hermansen Comments

The General Services Administration has launched a beta version of its updated website that will offer access to public procurement data, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. GSA currently seeks input on the test System for Award Management site designed to consolidate 10 online federal contracting portals. Christy Hermansen, project design lead for SAM.gov, said …

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