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NIST Eyes New Cryptography Standards to Protect Data in Small Networked Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a new initiative that aims to develop ‘lightweight’ cryptographic algorithm standards in an effort to safeguard data in radio frequency identification tags and other small internet-connected devices. NIST said Thursday it issued a draft document that outlines the submission requirements and assessment criteria …

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DARPA Aims to Accelerate Zero-Day Threat Detection Via Computer-Human Collaboration Tech Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a 42-month program that aims to develop new platforms designed to speed up the detection of zero-day vulnerabilities through computer-human collaboration. The Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security program will deal with five technical areas and one of those areas will initially …

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Report: Camilo Sandoval Appointed VA Acting CIO

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed Camilo Sandoval, former Trump campaign director of data operations, to serve as VA’s chief information officer on an acting basis, Politico reported Wednesday. A VA spokesperson told Politico that Sandoval has been senior adviser to the department’s undersecretary for health since May of …

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GSA Appoints Jessica Salmoiraghi OGP Associate Administrator

Jessica Salmoiraghi, former director of federal agencies and international programs at the American Council of Engineering Companies, has joined the General Services Administration as associate administrator of its Office of Government-wide Policy. GSA said Wednesday Salmoiraghi will be responsible for helping develop the agency’s policies related to personal and real property, travel and transportation, information technology, …

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DOE to Help Fund 9 Power Electronics Innovation Projects

The Energy Department has earmarked $20 million for nine projects that seek to advance power electronics intended for solar power systems. DOE said Wednesday the selected projects aim to help the department address photovoltaic reliability challenges and reduce the cost of solar energy in half by 2030. The funding recipients are: Flex Power …

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Report: GSA Names Elizabeth Cain as Tech Modernization Fund Executive Director

Elizabeth Cain, formerly a financial management analyst at the General Services Administration’s office of the chief financial officer, has been named executive director of the Technology Modernization Fund, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, announced the appointment Tuesday during a hearing of the House Appropriations …

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Report: OMB Requests Repurpose of $65M DOE Funds for NNSA Weapon Development

The Office of Management and Budget has requested the repurpose of $65 million Energy Department funds for the National Nuclear Security Administration‘s low-yield warhead initiative, Defense News reported Tuesday. NNSA announced plans to create the W76-2 warhead based on the W76-1 payload of the U.S. Navy‘s Trident missile and issued the Nuclear Posture Review …

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