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Lawmakers Revive Push for 3% Federal Worker Pay Raise

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have reintroduced a bill that seeks to increase the salary of federal civilian employees by 3 percent in 2019. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act is cosponsored by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) and 23 other House lawmakers, according to an article published …

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NASA Safety Panel Reviews Commercial Crew Program, Exploration Systems Devt

A NASA advisory committee has released its annual report for 2017 that offers information on the agency’s safety performance as well as issues associated with its space programs. The report issued Thursday by NASA’s aerospace safety advisory panel provides assessments of the agency’s Exploration Systems Development initiative; Commercial Crew Program; International …

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DOE Eyes Big Data, Computing Tools for Transportation Energy Efficiency Initiatives

The Energy Department‘s Vehicle Technologies Office has earmarked $2.5 million in fiscal 2018 funds for two new programs that seek to address transportation energy management challenges with big data and high-performance computing platforms. DOE said Tuesday the Big Data Solutions for Mobility initiative looks to create big data tools and algorithms to model urban …

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Robert Jackson, Hester Peirce Assume SEC Commissioner Roles

Robert Jackson, a law professor at New York University, and Hester Peirce, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, have been sworn in as commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC said Thursday Jackson will serve at the commission through June 5, 2019 and Peirce through June …

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NASA Demos First X-Ray Navigation in Space

NASA has performed the first fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space, which could help future robotic spacecraft to travel to deep space locations. The space agency said Thursday a team of engineers carried out the experiment called the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT, on Nov. 11. …

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SEC Names Timothy Timura Division Deputy Director & Chief Economist

Timothy Timura, a faculty member at American University’s Kogod School of Business, has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission‘s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis as deputy director and deputy chief economist. He will assist DERA Director and Chief Economist Jeffrey Harris in efforts to formulate economic policies, SEC said Thursday. The three-decade investment management …

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Coast Guard to Use Canada’s Ice Tank for Icebreaker Tests

The U.S. Coast Guard will use an ice tank facility of Canada’s National Research Council to test models of the agency’s future polar icebreakers. The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday its science and technology directorate is helping the Coast Guard develop a plan for the test and evaluation of the new …

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Kathryn Marchesini Appointed ONC Chief Privacy Officer

The Department of Health and Human Services has appointed Kathryn Marchesini, former senior health information technology and privacy adviser at HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, as chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Healthcare IT News reported Wednesday. Marchesini served as the ONC’s acting …

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