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CBO: US Posts $109B Budget Surplus in April

A Congressional Budget Office report says the U.S. posted a budget surplus of $109 billion for the month of April 2016, about $47 billion less than the amount of surplus recorded in the same month last year. CBO said Friday the government’s total receipts fell 7 percent to $440 billion during April while …

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Raquel Bono: DHA Eyes Increased Patient Satisfaction Through Military Healthcare Transformation Efforts

Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has said she will prioritize initiatives to implement a modernized electronic healthcare records system and reform the Tricare health plan for U.S. military beneficiaries, Military Times reported Sunday. Patricia Kime writes Bono’s goal since she assumed the director role in November is to increase the agency’s support of …

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CBO: HASC’s Fiscal 2017 Defense Bill to Lower DoD Spending Over 10 Years

The Congressional Budget Office Director estimates that the passage of the House Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill would reduce the Defense Department‘s net direct spending by up to $206 million over the next decade. Keith Hall, CBO director, told HASC Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) in a letter published Wednesday the …

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DHS S&T Program to Explore Emerging Tech for Urban First Responders

The Department of Homeland Security invites commercial, academic and government organizations to participate in a new technology demonstration and assessment program that seeks to address the capability gaps facing urban emergency response communities. DHS’ science and technology directorate plans to hold an event this October in an effort to find emerging technologies that …

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NASA Goddard Scientists Develop CubeSat Thermal Control Tech

A team of scientists at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center has built a passive thermal-control technology designed to integrate with miniaturized satellites used for space research. Allison Evans, project principal investigator, and her team members created the thermal-control unit by repurposing a large panel of louvers that were initially used on spacecraft in the 1960s, NASA said Tuesday. The …

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GSA Aims to Support Agencies’ Tech Modernization Efforts Via New Service Line

The General Services Administration has created a third service line to help federal agencies identify and acquire tools and platforms to digitally transform their organizations. GSA established the Technology Transformation Service organization to house the agency’s digital services group 18F, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies and Presidential Innovation Fellows program, the agency said …

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Chuck Elmore: Air Force’s Investigative Org Aims to Migrate Entire Network to AFNet

Chuck Elmore, chief information officer at the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, plans to consolidate the organization’s enterprise network into the military branch’s AFNet infrastructure in the next year or so, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes AFOSI has already migrated about 20 percent of its network into AFNet as part a …

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