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VA Unveils Training Program to Support New EHR Platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled a new program to train health care providers on the new electronic health record platform. The program, dubbed VA Innovative Technology Advancement Lab, has selected 76 participants to provide feedback that will be used to continuously improve the Cerner-built EHR technology, the department said Monday

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ONC Taps The Sequoia Project to Develop Components of EHR Info Sharing Framework

The Sequoia Project has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help create and implement components of a framework for sharing electronic health information.

HHS said Tuesday the nonprofit organization will serve as the recognized coordinating entity responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the common agreement component of ONC's Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. 

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DOE Announces Publication of Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor

The Department of Energy has announced its intent to develop an environmental impact statement to evaluate the creation of a versatile reactor-based fast-neutron source in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. DOE said Monday it invites industry to send comments on the scope of the EIS until Sept. 4 and plans to hold two webcast scoping meetings to further discuss the project. 

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Senate Confirms Thomas McCaffery as DOD Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs

The Senate has approved by voice vote the nomination of Thomas McCaffery as the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, Military.com reported Monday. McCaffery, who has been performing the responsibilities of primary adviser to the secretary of defense on health care on an acting basis, is expected to take on the permanent role later this month.

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NCSA to Help NGA Build Digital Elevation Models of Earth

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has granted the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $11.1M to work on a series of geospatial research projects over the next year. NCSA said Friday that it will help NGA build digital elevation models of the entire Earth using data from its Blue Waters supercomputers as part of the initial EarthDEM project. 

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Texas A&M System to Develop $130M Testing Center for Army Futures Command

The Texas A&M University System has unveiled a $130M plan to build a new technology development and testing center for the U.S. Army at its RELLIS campus in Bryan, The Eagle reported Friday. The university is spending $50M for the development of laboratories, accelerator space and office space for the Army Futures Command at the campus and another $30M for infrastructure improvements to support the new facility. 

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DARPA to Present Open-Source, Secure Voting System at DEF CON 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will present the hardware specifications of a new open-source voting system prototype during an annual hacking event in Las Vegas. The new system is part of DARPA's System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program to develop security architectures and tools designed to protect voting systems from hardware vulnerabilities exploited in software, the agency said Thursday

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Chris Campione Appointed New Energy Department CIO

The Department of Energy has appointed Chris Campione as its new chief information officer, replacing Max Everett, who held the position for two years, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Campione was named principal deputy CIO at DOE earlier this month after spending 10 years at information technology services company Planet Technologies, most recently as vice president within its federal division. 

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DOE Funds University-Led Projects to Develop Steady-State Fusion Reactors

The Department of Energy has awarded $14M in total funding to 10 university-led research projects to develop a new approach to fusion energy production. 

DOE said Monday the collaborative research focuses on understanding and assessing the potential use of magnetically confined plasmas in the development of steady-state fusion reactors. 

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