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White House: Federal Executive Actions, Private Sector Projects Eye Renewable Energy Integration With Power Grid

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The White House has introduced federal executive actions as well as pilot projects and investment commitments by 33 public and private sector entities that aim to facilitate the integration of renewable energy resources with the U.S. power grid. The Obama administration announced the private and federal sector actions and related programs …

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Senate OKs FY 2017 Defense Policy Bill in 85-13 Vote

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The Senate voted 85-13 to pass a bill that would authorize $602 billion in defense budget for fiscal year 2017, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contains acquisition reform provisions, including a measure that would limit cost-plus contracts and a proposal to remove …

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Dell’s Steve Harris: FITARA Implementation Depends on Agency CIOs, IT Revolving Fund Approval

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Dell’s Steve Harris has said government agencies’ progress in the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act depends on the approval of a White House bill that would establish a $3.1 billion revolving fund for IT system updates, FierceGovernmentIT reported Wednesday. Harris, vice president and general manager of Dell’s federal …

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FAR Council Calls for Info on Public Disclosure of Contractor Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council seeks public comment on a proposed rule that calls for information on the public disclosure of government contractors’ greenhouse gas emissions and reduction strategies. Anne Rung, Ali Zaidi and Christine Harada wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the proposed rule will focus on the federal government’s supply chain …

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Obama to Nominate Thomas Atkin, Daniel Feehan for DoD Asst. Secretary Posts

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President Barack Obama plans to nominate Thomas Atkin, a former Raytheon homeland security programs director, and Daniel Feehan, a former White House fellow in the Pentagon, for new positions within the Defense Department. Obama will nominate Atkin as assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Feehan as assistant secretary of defense for readiness, the White House …

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US-Vietnam Education Cooperation Covers Curriculum Support, Training Programs

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The U.S. government continues its cooperation efforts with Vietnam through a series of programs that support the latter country’s efforts to build on its higher education system. The White House said Wednesday the education alliance has assisted more than 30,000 university students with curriculum support and capacity building. Efforts have expanded to include …

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