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DOE Unveils New Funding Opportunity for Clean Energy Projects; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will use $24.5 million on electricity infrastructure projects that aim to implement clean energy and respond against the climate crisis. The funding opportunity for “Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing” will allot a maximum of $20 million for R&D on electrochemical batteries powered by externally stored electrolytes.

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HHS Announces $150M Investment in COVID-19 Vaccine Ramp-up

Department of Health

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to invest $150 million to help Americans in underserved communities access COVID-19 treatment. HHS said Wednesday that it may increase the capacity of health care centers, hire more staff and deliver more equipment to boost the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments.

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Three Technologies Transition Into DOD Programs of Record; Jon Lazar Quoted

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DOD) has transitioned a set of three technologies designed to support cruise missile operations and deliver jam-resistant autonomy. DOD said Tuesday that its Low-Cost Cruise Missile Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (LCCM JCTD) transitioned an unmanned air vehicle, autonomy software and data link into programs of record.

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Former New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland Takes Oath as Secretary of the Interior

Deb Haaland

Deb Haaland, formerly a congressional representative for New Mexico, has been Senate-confirmed to lead the Department of the Interior and has taken her oath for the role. Jennifer Van der Heide, DOI chief of staff, administered the oath-taking ceremony for Haaland, who will undergo a swearing-in with Vice President Kamala Harris on a later date. 

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GSA-Led Community Announces This Year’s Priorities for Robotic Process Automation; Gerard Badorrek Quoted

Gerard Badorrek

The General Services Administration-led (GSA) Robotic Process Automation Community of Practice has announced it will prioritize process optimization, automation deployment, technology management, program design and peer-to-peer engagement this year. These efforts aim to boost the efficiency of factories, bolster the security compliance of RPA technologies, involve GSA's Centers of Excellence in RPA community efforts and foster related mentorships between agencies.

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National Intelligence Director Avril Haines Supports President Biden’s General Counsel Nomination

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, issued a statement supporting President Biden's nominee for the general counsel position at the Office of the DNINominee Chris Fonzone holds years of experience in the national security area across a range of roles, having served with the departments of Defense and Justice (DOJ). 

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USDA Needs Public Input to Inform Agriculture-Driven Climate Strategy

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks the public's input on a strategy that aims to address climate change through efforts in forestry and agriculture. USDA said Monday that it needs information on climate-smart agriculture and forestry approaches, bioproducts, renewable energy and wildfire. Interested parties may submit responses through April 30 via the Federal Register

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DARPA Vet Stefanie Tompkins Takes up Role as Agency’s Director

Stefanie Tompkins

Stefanie Tompkins, who has 11 years of experience with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has assumed leadership over DARPA as its director. Tompkins was the program manager and deputy director of the agency's Strategic Technology Office (STO), and served as the agency's chief of staff, DARPA said Monday.

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DHS Taps Harvard University to Evaluate Human Trafficking Response Campaign; Michael Wilbur Quoted

DHS Science

Harvard University has received $775,000 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assess an effort that aims to spread awareness of human trafficking. The university will look into the impact of DHS' Blue Campaign, which educates the masses on how to spot human trafficking instances, the department said Friday.

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DOD Stands up Communications-Focused Center of Excellence at University of California, Riverside

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DOD) has established a new center of excellence at the University of California, Riverside, dedicated to communications and situational awareness. The center will focus on large-scale networked systems and support pursuits related to data analysis, communications, computing and sensing, under the management of Army Research Laboratory (ARL). 

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