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White House Amends OMB’s Circular A-11 to Boost Gov’t Customer Experience

The Office of Management and Budget introduced on June 29 a new part of its Circular A-11 that instructs government agencies to craft customer experience frameworks and guides on how to manage customer experience improvement efforts, NextGov reported Monday. The guidance covers the departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Commerce, Treasury and State. Official …

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Report: DOT Selects 10 Drone Test Program Winners

The Transportation Department is set to announce Wednesday the 10 winning local, tribal and state government agencies of a pilot program that will allow them to test unmanned aerial systems through partnerships with technology companies, Reuters reported Wednesday. Sources said Apple, Intel, Amazon, Airbus and Qualcomm are among the companies …

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NASA, Norwegian Space Center Ink Combined Data Services Agreement

Norway’s Space Center has landed a potential five-year, $43.8 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from NASA to provide combined data support services for the Joint Polar Satellite System program and other collaborative international missions. Work under the international agreement will occur at the Svalbard Ground Station in Norway and the Antarctica-based Troll …

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Report: China-Launched Earth-Imaging Satellites Reach Below-Planned Orbits Due to Rocket Failure

Two recently launched Chinese commercial Earth-imaging satellites are currently orbiting below their intended altitude due to a suspected rocket mishap and might re-enter the atmosphere within months, Spaceflight Now reported Wednesday. Stephen Clark writes the SuperView 1 satellites currently fly in “egg-shaped” orbits that range from 133 to 325 miles above the planet at …

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USDA to Invest $225M for Resource Conservation Push; Tom Vilsack Comments

The Agriculture Department will invest $225 million in federal funds toward 88 projects across the country as part of a program designed to expand conservation through collaborations between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, conservation partners and agricultural producers. USDA said Dec. 21 the Regional Conservation Partnership Program investment aims to conserve and create clean water as …

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NASA, Agriculture Department to Forge Research Alliance

NASA and the Agriculture Department are set to ink an interagency research agreement on Earth science and agriculture. The partnership is meant to establish a collaboration framework in Earth science research, technology, agricultural management and agricultural application of science data, models and technology, NASA said Monday. NASA Deputy Administrator Dava …

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Report: World Trade Organization Inks Multilateral Deal

The World Trade Organization has reached a multilateral trade agreement that could produce nearly $1 trillion in economic output worldwide, Politico reported Sunday. Jason Huffman and Doug Palmer write the trade facilitation agreement signed Dec. 7 in Bali, Indonesia, is intended to help businesses transport products around the world by …

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