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Trump Issues Executive Order to Expand Rural Internet Service

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at providing better access to broadband internet services in rural locations across the U.S. The White House said Monday the “Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America” order directs the executive branch to use tools that can …

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Chanette Armstrong Appointed to Lead DOE Office of Technology Transitions

Chanette Armstrong, a registered patent attorney, has joined the Energy Department as director of DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions. DOE said Monday Armstrong will coordinate technology transition efforts across department-backed national laboratories, research facilities and program offices, as well as oversee the Energy Investor Center and Technology Commercialization Fund. She will also advise …

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White House Disbands Commission on Election Integrity

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to dissolve the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and asked the Department of Homeland Security to continue investigations into 2016 voter fraud claims, Politico reported Wednesday. Trump said in a statement various states have declined to provide the voter fraud commission …

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NIST Unveils First Responder Virtual Reality Tech Competition

The National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator has announced it will administer a prize competition on virtual reality and software coding. The First Responder Virtual Reality Heads-up-Display Navigation Challenge entails its participants to formulate HUD concepts that to support public safety in either areas of firefighting or …

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New Report Recommends Earth Science Missions for NASA

A new report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine proposes a series of Earth science missions for NASA to pursue over the next decade, Space News reported Friday. The recommended satellite missions could cost between $300 to $800 million each and are intended to help scientists understand changes in the …

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NIST Studies Use of Quantum Physics to Support Underground, Underwater & Indoor Comms

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has begun to experiment with “quantum radios” that might be able to support communications and mapping in environments where radios, global positioning systems and cellphones cannot operate reliably. NIST said Tuesday its researchers are studying very low frequency digitally-modulated magnetic signals that can penetrate building …

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Report: OPM Issues Pay Freeze Extension for Top Govt Officials

The Office of Personnel Management will extend a pay freeze for top government officials that include high-level political appointees through the Jan. 19 government shutdown deadline, Government Executive reported Thursday. Congress passed a four-week continuing resolution Dec. 19 that also extends a deadline for executive schedule pay freeze. Acting OPM Director …

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