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Report: Barry West Named Acting DHS Deputy CIO

Barry West, a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security, has been named deputy chief information officer of DHS effective Oct. 15, FedScoop reported Tuesday. Interim DHS CIO Steve Rice said in an e-mail to staff that West will serve in a limited-term senior executive service appointment as senior adviser and as deputy …

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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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DoD OKs List of Geographic Exclusion Zones for 2 Commercial Remote Sensing Imaging Systems

The Defense Department has cleared a list of 151 geographic exclusion zones for commercial shortwave infrared imaging and night-time imaging platforms, Space News reported Tuesday. Two officials said Thursday at an Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing meeting DoD handed over the list to the Commerce Department to help the National Oceanic …

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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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DMSP F-19 Satellite to End Weather Data Transmission

The U.S. Air Force has announced that the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19 will conclude its transmission of weather data to Defense Department and civilian agencies following a three-year operational service. The service branch said Thursday DMSP F-19 experienced a power failure within its command-and-control system in February 2016 and …

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GAO: NOAA Should Improve Cost Tracking for Hydrographic Data Collection Program

The Government Accountability Office has urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve efforts to track and report costs under its hydrographic survey program. GAO said Thursday NOAA creates an annual report that compares the cost of collecting hydrographic data using agency resources to the cost of acquiring data from the private sector. NOAA …

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GAO: NASA, DoD, NOAA Spent $43B on Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Satellite Procurement Programs

The Government Accountability Office assessed 19 satellite acquisition programs at NASA, Defense Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and found that the agencies obligated approximately $43.1 billion on cost-reimbursement contracts for such programs. GAO said in a report published Friday that DoD, NOAA and NASA spent $9 billion on fixed-price-incentive …

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Federal Agency Participants Develop Virtual Assistant Prototypes Under GSA’s Citizen Tech Initiative

The General Services Administration has hosted a “hackathon” that gathered participants from various federal agencies to build prototypes of artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants such as voice-activated systems, chatbots, intelligent websites and automated call centers. Justin Herman, manager of social media and digital engagement programs at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, wrote in an blog post published …

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Interagency Team to Study Feasibility of Radio Spectrum Reallocation for Non-Govt Use

The Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security have established an interagency team to conduct a feasibility study on a proposal to free portions of the radio spectrum for non-government use. FAA said Friday the Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar initiative was launched in response to …

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