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OMB, NARA Issue Electronic Recordkeeping Directive to Federal Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives and Records Administration have issued a four-page memo instructing all federal agencies to migrate from paper-based documentation to an electronic records management system by Dec. 31.

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USMC Eyes Biosensing Tech to Monitor Marines’ Physiological Status, Readiness

The U.S. Marine Corps has issued a request for information on wearable devices with a biosensor as the service branch looks to customize training programs and increase the operational performance of troops, Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday. USMC wants to determine the potential of biosensing technology-equipped wristbands, chest straps, watches or T-shirts to collect and transmit physiological data as part of human performance augmentation efforts.

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Report: Commerce Dept Bans US Tech Exports to Chinese Supercomputer Developers

The Department of Commerce has restricted four China-based commercial entities and one institute from buying high-performance computing parts from the U.S. just over a month after President Trump issued an executive order banning Chinese telecommunications equipment over national security risks, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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Navy Forms New Squadron to Support Fleet Experimentation, USV Integration

The U.S. Navy has created a squadron to help the military service experiment with surface warfighting systems and integrate unmanned surface vessels into the fleet, DVIDS reported Wednesday. Surface Development Squadron ONE, which the Navy re-designated from Zumwalt Squadron ONE, will coordinate USV requirements and develop material and technical tools to address tactical challenges for the service branch.

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Federal Procurement Vet Sandra Hamilton Takes HHS Division Director Role

Sandra Hamilton, chief of contracts and acquisitions branch at the State Department, was named director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ information technology policy, strategy and planning division, G2Xchange ETC reported Friday. She has more than two decades of federal civilian service in the IT capital and strategic planning, contracting and procurement, budget planning and portfolio management areas.

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Report: Coast Guard Eyes Spring Award of First Polar Security Cutter Construction Contract

Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said the military branch will award a contract to build the first vessel of its heavy polar icebreaker fleet in the spring, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. The $11.34B USCG budget proposed by the White House for fiscal 2019 includes $35 million to fund design work on new Polar Security Cutters and another $15 million to maintain the existing Polar Star icebreaker.

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DoD IG Recommends Multi-Factor Authentication to Protect Ballistic Missile Defense System’s Technical Data

The Department of Defense inspector general office has recommended that DoD enforce the use of multi-factor authentication methods to secure classified systems that store, process and transmit technical information about the country's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

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