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NASA Demos First X-ray Navigation in Space

NASA has performed the first fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space, which could help future robotic spacecraft to travel to deep space locations. The space agency said Thursday a team of engineers carried out the experiment called the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT, on Nov. 11. …

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SEC Names Timothy Timura Division Deputy Director & Chief Economist

Timothy Timura, a faculty member at American University’s Kogod School of Business, has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission‘s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis as deputy director and deputy chief economist. He will assist DERA Director and Chief Economist Jeffrey Harris in efforts to formulate economic policies, SEC said Thursday. The three-decade investment management …

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Alan Chvotkin: PSC Backs E-Procurement Portal Implementation Approach

Alan Chvotkin, an executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, has said PSC supports transparency and adoption of a phased-in approach in the federal government’s implementation of e-commerce portals for procurement processes. Chvotkin joined industry representatives and General Services Administration officials at a public meeting Tuesday to …

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GAO: Agencies Should Ensure CIO Involvement in IT Procurement Review, Approval Processes

The Government Accountability Office has called on federal agencies to allow chief information officers to assess and approve information technology contracts in an effort to increase CIOs’ oversight of agencies’ planned IT acquisitions. GAO said in a report published Wednesday 14 of the 22 assessed agencies failed to involve CIOs in the …

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Reps. Rob Wittman, Mike Gallagher: Navy Should Reorganize Fleet, Advance Strategic Comms

Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) have said the U.S. Navy should launch organizational changes and strategic communication efforts in an effort to address readiness issues, USNI News reported Wednesday. Wittman said Wednesday at the 2018 Surface Navy Association symposium that the service should introduce changes to fleet …

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Kathryn Marchesini Appointed ONC Chief Privacy Officer

The Department of Health and Human Services has appointed Kathryn Marchesini, former senior health information technology and privacy adviser at HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, as chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Healthcare IT News reported Wednesday. Marchesini served as the ONC’s acting …

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