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GSA to Deliver Public Service Info via Consumer Virtual Assistants

The General Services Administration has kicked off an initiative to make public service information available through a consumer technology dubbed intelligent personal assistants. Justin Herman, manager of social media and digital engagement programs at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, wrote in a blog post published Monday that the Emerging Citizen Technology program looks to deliver …

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IARPA Kicks Off Quantum Computing Tech R&D Project

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched an effort to research and develop “quantum enhanced” computers. The Quantum Enhanced Optimization program aims to develop technology that can speed up the training of machine learning algorithms; support circuit fault diagnostics on larger circuits; and accelerate optimal scheduling of multiple machines on multiple tasks, the Office of …

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Navy Appoints Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson as NAVSEA Deputy Commander for Logistics, Maintenance & Industrial Operations

Navy Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson, fleet maintenance director at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has been named deputy commander of logistics, maintenance and industrial operations at the Naval Sea Systems Command. Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley and Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, announced Williamson’s new assignment in a Defense Department release published …

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Trump Signs Bill to Authorize NOAA Purchase of Commercial Satellite Weather Data

President Donald Trump last week signed a bill authorizing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to acquire weather data from commercial satellite systems, Space News reported Friday. Jeff Foust writes the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 allows NOAA to spend up to $6 million a year to conduct a pilot procurement program …

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NGA Releases GEOINT App for Govt Users on Apple App Store, Google Play

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has launched its latest application on the Apple‘s App Store and the Google Play Store in an effort to help authorized government user access unclassified geospatial intelligence through mobile devices. NGA said Friday its Tearline app is accessible to the intelligence community, Defense Department, allies and academic and private sector …

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VA Choice Program Extension Bill Gets Trump’s Signature

President Donald Trump has signed a bill to extend a Department of Veterans Affairs program that allows eligible military veterans to receive medical care from a civilian provider, DoD News reported Thursday. Trump said the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act offers former service members an option to choose their care provider and eliminates the need to travel long …

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Report: South Korea Provides Land for US THAAD Deployment

South Korea has granted 30 hectares of land to the U.S. Forces Korea for the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, United Press International reported Thursday. Elizabeth Shim writes THAAD will be established on a golf course owned by the family-run conglomerate Lotte in Seongju County in South Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province. South Korea’s foreign …

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CSG Principal Amanda Starr Joins CMS’ Medicaid IT Architecture Governance Board

Amanda Starr, a principal of the healthcare and human services practice at CSG Government Solutions, has joined the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture Governance Board of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CSG said Monday the board works to ensure that the MITA Framework meets Medicaid regulations, policies and procedures and supports efforts to …

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GSA Expands Human Resource Multiple-Award Schedule

The General Services Administration has begun to restructure its multiple-award procurement vehicle for human resource services in an effort to address contract redundancy and simplify the acquisition process for such service offerings. GSA said Wednesday its Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity Multiple Award Schedule 738 X has been renamed Human Capital Management and Administrative Support …

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