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DOE Allots Funds for AI Research Projects

The Department of Energy is investing $20 million in research and development projects to apply artificial intelligence to energy science and grid management. DOE said Wednesday. Eight projects have been identified that would receive a combined amount of almost $7 million to study on AI, big data and machine learning applications in grid resiliency. These projects are funded under DOE's Office of Electricity.

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USS Fitzgerald Moors Pier-Side After Restoration Effort

The USS Fitzgerald naval destroyer, also known as DDG 62, launched pier-side following a series of repairs and modifications at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard facility on April 16. The company began restoration and maintenance in Jan. 2018 to reinforce the integrity of the vessel's topside and hull structures after a collision incident in 2017, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday

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GSA Updates Software SINs Under IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration made several changes to three software-related special item numbers under the agency’s IT schedule 70 in an effort to keep up with marketplace demands.

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Merit Systems Protection Board Seeks Increase From President’s Budget Request

The Merit Systems Protection Board filed a bypass request with Congress seeking $46.8M in funds for 2020, reflecting a $4.6M increase from the president’s proposed budget. MSPB said in its congressional budget justification the president’s budget request of $42.3M represents a 10 percent cut to the board’s current funding level and would result in a workforce reduction if enacted.

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GAO Identifies New Priorities for GSA

The Government Accountability Office released new recommendations on security and property measures that the General Services Administration must prioritize. GAO said Thursday that GSA must augment efforts to consolidate Department of Homeland Security headquarters, reduce lease costs, budget maintenance and operations costs of new buildings and boost federal infrastructure cybersecurity.

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Boeing, Northrop to Compete for Air Force ICBM Production Phase

The U.S. Air Force intends to choose between Boeing and Northrop Grumman for the engineering and manufacturing phase of the service’s ground based strategic deterrent program that will begin in 2020, Defense News reported Thursday. The successful bidder will produce intercontinental ballistic missiles and related systems that are slated to be operational by the late 2020s.

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Steven Walker Discusses DARPA’s Acquisition Proces

Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday about DARPA’s use of other transaction authorities in its artificial intelligence program. Walker, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said DARPA plans to continue using OTAs in other technology initiatives to speed up the acquisition process.

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DoD, Raytheon Vet Brian Teeple Named DHS CTO

Brian Teeple, a Department of Defense veteran and former Raytheon executive, has been named chief technology officer for the Department of Homeland Security, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Most recently, Teeple served as acting deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure capabilities under the DoD CIO. 

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Heather Wilson Unveils Air Force Science & Technology Strategy

Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson announced a new strategy for the service to identify, build and deploy technology platforms for the next 10 years and beyond as well as expand its tech superiority amid peer-to-peer threats, the Air Force reported Wednesday. "The Science and Technology Strategy isn’t just a list of technologies. Our approach will be to predict where adversaries cannot easily go and make sure the Air Force gets there first,” said Wilson.

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