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USPTO’s Bill Brantley Unveils Beta Version of Open Data Portal

USPTO Patent and Trademark Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a beta version of its open data portal that  works to provide a platform to access patent data and drive collaboration between application developers. Bill Brantley, USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy training administrator, writes in a post published Wednesday on DigitalGov the portal features patent and trademark …

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House OKs $81.6B FY 2017 Package for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Support


The House has voted 295-129 to approve an appropriations bill that would provide $81.6 billion in fiscal year 2017 funds to house, train, and equip military personnel. A post on the House Appropriations website said Thursday the spending package includes a $63.3 billion advance from the fiscal 2016 appropriation bill that covers housing and services to …

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House Committee Proposes $56B Commerce, Justice, Science Budget for Fiscal 2017


The House Appropriations Committee has unveiled a bill that would provide $56B in discretionary funding for the departments of Commerce and Justice as well as federal science agencies for fiscal year 2017. The committee said Tuesday its proposed Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies budget is $1.4 billion more than the amount President Obama requested …

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Deloitte Outlines Approach to Govt Benefits Programs Fraud Detection; Brien Lorenze Comments


Deloitte has released a new report that recommends a set of approaches the firm believes are needed to address $137 billion in losses to government benefits programs as reported by the Government Accountability Office. The enterprise approach described in the report incorporates retrospective and prospective strategies, predictive analytics and adaptive …

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Patrick Murphy Speaks at Army War College Forum

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy, undersecretary and acting secretary of the U.S. Army, discussed the service branch’s priorities with a group of students, staff and faculty members at the Army War College in Pennsylvania during a forum held May 6 in the school’s Bliss Hall auditorium. He told his audience that commissioned Army officers face a new …

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CBO: Intell Authorization Bill’s Unclassified Provisions Would Cost $521M Through Fiscal 2021

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The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would cost the federal government approximately $521 million over five years to implement unclassified programs under the House’s Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. CBO said Wednesday the bill, if enacted, will also have an impact on direct spending and revenues but will not impose costs on state, …

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OpenTheBooks: DoD Has Transferred $2B in Surplus Military Gear to Local Police Depts Since 2006

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OpenTheBooks, a watchdog group that monitors government spending activities, has found that the Defense Department has transferred approximately $2.2 billion in surplus military equipment to local police departments across the U.S. since 2006. Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks, wrote in an opinion piece for Forbes published Tuesday the organization also …

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House Appropriations Committee’s FY 2017 Defense Policy Bill to Authorize $517B in Discretionary Funds


The House Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel has introduced a bill that would authorize $517.1 billion in discretionary spending and $58.6 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2017. The committee said Tuesday the FY 2017 defense policy bill reflects a $3 billion increase from the enacted FY 2016 discretionary …

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