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Commerce Dept Wants Public Feedback on Proposed Regulations for 911 Grant Program

The Commerce Department seeks public input on the proposed implementing rules of a grant program that would fund state and local governments’ 911 call center modernization efforts. The department said Thursday the 911 Grant Program will issue up to $110 million in funds to help states and local jurisdictions adopt internet protocol-based emergency services …

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FCC Issues Requirements for FirstNet Opt-Out States

The Federal Communications Commission has defined standards that the agency will use to assess broadband networks of U.S. states that are opting out of the First Responder Network Authority’s national public safety network, MeriTalk reported Thursday. FCC will evaluate states’ requests to use their own networks through a two-pronged review system. The agency …

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Report: Scott Blackburn Named Interim VA CIO

Scott Blackburn, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed to serve as VA’s chief information officer and assistant secretary for information and technology on an interim basis, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Blackburn will succeed Rob Thomas, who is due to retire in October after more than …

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Library of Congress Launches New Website to Discover Creative Uses of Digital Collections

The Library of Congress has launched a new website built to foster the creative use of the Library’s digital collections on experiments, projects, events and other resources. The institution said Tuesday the labs.loc.gov space will have a gallery on projects, blog posts and video presentations from data challenge winners and innovators-in …

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Report: GSA Promotes Mary Davie to Federal Acquisition Service Deputy Commissioner

Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration‘s Federal Acquisition Service, has promoted acting assistant FAS commissioner Mary Davie to the deputy commissioner post in a series of leadership changes at the agency, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Thomas, who joined FAS in June, said Davie’s experience in collaboration with government and …

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Thomas Harker to Be Nominated Assistant Secretary of Navy Financial Mgmt & Comptroller Office

Thomas Harker, associate deputy assistant secretary for financial policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be nominated as assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy financial management and comptroller office. The White House said Friday Harker previously held operational and financial management roles at the U.S. Coast Guard before he retired …

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Robert Cardillo: NGA in Talks With Congress to Trade Govt Data Sets for Industry’s AI, Algorithms

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said NGA has initiated talks with Congress to strike a public-private partnership in an effort to facilitate the exchange of the agency’s data archives for industry’s algorithms, artificial intelligence and other computational methods, Federal News Radio reported Friday. “The proposition is, we have labeled …

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