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NSA Selects 6 Labs for Security Research Initiative

The National Security Agency has awarded five-year contracts to six multidisciplinary laboratories at U.S. research institutions to support security research efforts and transition ideas to real-world application. NSA said Wednesday the awardees are small laboratories located at the Carnegie-Mellon University, International Computer Science Institute, North Carolina State University, University of Illinois-Champaign, Vanderbilt University …

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Rep. Jim Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Administrator

The Senate voted 50-49 Thursday to confirm Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., as NASA administrator, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Bridenstine will replace Robert Lightfoot, who has been leading NASA as acting chief since January 2017 and is set to retire by the end of April after a nearly three-decade career …

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GSA Appoints Jessica Salmoiraghi OGP Associate Administrator

Jessica Salmoiraghi, former director of federal agencies and international programs at the American Council of Engineering Companies, has joined the General Services Administration as associate administrator of its Office of Government-wide Policy. GSA said Wednesday Salmoiraghi will be responsible for helping develop the agency’s policies related to personal and real property, travel and transportation, information technology, …

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Carlos Muniz Confirmed as Education Department General Counsel

The Senate has confirmed Carlos Muniz, formerly a partner and senior vice president at law firm McGuireWoods, as general counsel of the Education Department. “[Muniz] has dedicated his career to upholding the law, and his insight and expertise will be invaluable as we work to advance educational opportunities for all students,” …

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GSA’s Joanne Collins Smee on $100M Technology Modernization Fund, industry best practices

Joanne Collins Smee, acting director of technology transformation services at the General Services Administration, has said she believes the $100 million worth of funding that Congress authorized for the Technology Modernization Fund for the remaining months of fiscal 2018 is a “great thing,” Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. “It’s $100 million …

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DOE partners with National Association of Manufacturers for industry energy efficiency

The Energy Department, through its Better Plants program, has teamed with the National Association of Manufacturers to form the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership. DOE said Tuesday the partnership aims to enhance energy productivity and efficiency in the manufacturing industry through research and development of systems and technologies and the expansion of partner accomplishments. …

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