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DHS S&T Competition Seeks New Escape Respirators

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is inviting scientists to take part in a competition seeking respirators to protect individuals from aerosolized chemical, biological and radiological threats. Participants of the $250K Escape Respirator Challenge would submit concepts for the technology that addresses the limits of existing escape hoods, DHS said Thursday.

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FCC Opens New Office With Economics, Analytics Focus; Ajit Pai Quoted

The Federal Communications Commission established a new office to apply economic and data analysis on policy formation activities. The agency said Tuesday, its new Office of Economics and Analytics will consist of commission economists, as well as former staff of the now-defunct Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, OEA's predecessor.

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USAF Conducts Critical Design Review for B-21 Weapon System; Heather Wilson Quoted

In late November, The U.S. Air Force evaluated the design of the B-21 bomber aircraft's weapon system to verify production readiness. The assessment reflected positive progress from the aircraft's engineering and manufacturing development phase that lasted almost three years, USAF said Monday.

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Glenn Davidson: Commerce Department’s Shared Services Modernization Builds on Long-Term Planning

Glenn Davidson, the Department of Commerce's former executive director of enterprise services, said the department is generating millions of dollars in savings as a result of shared services modernization, Federal News Network reported Monday. The department has modernized the human resource and information technology components of its shared services for the last three years, transitioning from an outdated back-office approach.

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USAF Approves Production of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

The U.S. Air Force approved the production of a new guided tail-kit assembly for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb. The service branch said Friday, its Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will conclude the TKA's manufacturing development phase and proceed with production under the Milestone C transition. AFNWC developed the TKA and will perform integration with the bomb built by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

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Business Vet Anil Cheriyan Appointed to Lead Two GSA Services

Anil Cheriyan, former executive vice president and chief information officer of SunTrust Banks, has been appointed to fill two roles at the General Services Administration, effective early January. The GSA said Friday he will serve as director of the Technology Transformation Services and deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.

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Sen. Mark Warner Proposes Bill to Augment U.S. Security Clearance

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would aim to refine the nation's security clearance process. The Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for the 21st Century Act would task the executive branch to immediately address backlog cases concerning background checks, Warner's office said Thursday.

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VA Unveils New API for Veterans Health Data Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released an application programming interface that would help veterans manage health data via mobile devices. The VA said Friday its Health API is designed to work with the next iterations of Blue Button, the department's service made to ease data access for veterans.

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Navy Focusing on Anti-Mine Warfare

The U.S. Navy plans to implement the use of unmanned systems in mine warfare to keep pace with enemy developments, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. Stephen Olson, deputy branch head for mine warfare with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, said the branch is shifting from the traditional fleet approach to one that includes stronger mine countermeasures.

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