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Report: TSA Failed to Inform Congress About Large Security Tech Buys

The Transportation Security Administration failed to properly inform Congress about how it buys security-related technologies despite a mandate to justify acquisitions worth over $30M before awarding a contract. In a report published Thursday, the Government Accountability Office said TSA is required to detail security-related technology acquisitions to Congress under the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act.

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President Trump Signs Law to Require Pay for Gov’t Workers Amid Shutdown

President Trump has signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 into law that will provide compensation for wages lost, work performed or leave used by federal workers as their agencies closed on Dec. 22, the White House said Wednesday. The bill also allows selected employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations.
 

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Sen. Ted Cruz Pushing Commercial Space Bill in Congress

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will reintroduce the Space Frontier Act that failed to pass the House in 2018 in an effort for Congress to approve commercial space regulatory reform and extend NASA’s control of the International Space Station, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. In July, Cruz introduced the bill and received Senate approval in December.

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Army Opens Special Warfare Facility for Fast Phase Tech Deployment

The U.S. Air Force unveiled a new special warfare technical integration support facility in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., tasked with speeding up the integration of new technologies and updating existing communication equipment for special operations. The Col. John T. Carney Center of Excellence opened during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Friday, the service said Wednesday.

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GAO Report Details Challenges to Accurately Match Shared Patient Records

The Government Accountability Office released a new report detailing the growing challenges in electronically sharing and matching patient records. In interviews with healthcare experts, providers and other stakeholders, accurately matching patient health records represents “a barrier to health information exchange,” GAO said in the report published Tuesday.

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Army Plans to Cut 8K Apps for Future Hybrid Cloud Migration

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, has announced plans to reduce its more than 8,000 applications over the next 12 months to utilize hybrid cloud, Federal News Network reported Monday. Crawford said the service branch is identifying which apps can migrate immediately, and those that should end its operations or take time to move to the cloud. 

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Senators Propose Bill to Permanently End Government Shutdowns

Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to the Senate to permanently end the implementation of a government shutdown. The End Government Shutdowns Act would create an automatic continuing resolution to keep federal agencies operating when lawmakers failed to meet budget negotiation deadlines, according to a Senate statement released Friday.

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