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St. Louis Transfers 97 Acres of Land to Build $1.75B NGA Facility

St. Louis transferred 97 acres to the federal government to build a new headquarters worth $1.75B for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, STLToday reported Thursday. City representatives expect the construction of the campus in the St. Louis Place area to create 1,500 additional jobs and establish over 3,100 permanent employees within six years.

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Federal CIO Kent: Gov’t Setting New IT Modernization Goals for 2019

Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, announced the government plans to release its draft policy to update the Trusted Internet Connections program in the coming week, Federal News Network reported Thursday. She said the TIC policy would provide federal agencies with a streamlined process to move to multi-cloud environments as part of the government’s ongoing information technology modernization program.

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White House Keen to Establish Gov’t Modernization Research Center in 2019

Federal officials said the White House is likely to establish its proposed government modernization research center in 2019, with funding to be released in the current fiscal year to support the project, Nextgov reported Thursday. The Trump administration aims for the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center to increase partnerships between the government, the industry and academia to accelerate deployment of new technologies and services.

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Allen Hill Named Director of GSA’s Telecom Services Office

Allen Hill, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was appointed director of the Office of Telecommunications Services within the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, FCW.com reported Thursday. Hill serves as the deputy director of information technology services at the office of the Department of Education’s chief information officer and will assume his new role on Dec. 23. He worked for CACI International and Verizon prior to his current position.

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Senate Dems Propose Bill to Secure Personal Data Online

Senate Democrats introduced a bill to increase security for citizens’ personal data on public websites and apps. Sen. Brian Schatz, top Democrat on the Senate Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet subcommittee, led the proposal of the Data Care Act that would require online providers to improve security of personal information and prevent misuse of user data, according to a statement posted Wednesday
 

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DHS S&T Competition Seeks New Escape Respirators

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is inviting scientists to take part in a competition seeking respirators to protect individuals from aerosolized chemical, biological and radiological threats. Participants of the $250K Escape Respirator Challenge would submit concepts for the technology that addresses the limits of existing escape hoods, DHS said Thursday.

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Navy to Hold Christening for Marinette Marine-Built St. Louis LCS

The U.S. Navy will christen the future USS St. Louis built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Saturday at the company’s Marinette, Wis. facility, the Department of Defense said Thursday. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship can operate in open-ocean and near-shore environments and is designed to thwart threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

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Larry Leopard Named Engineering Head of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Larry Leopard, a 28-year veteran at NASA, was appointed director of the Engineering Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., NASA said Friday. The move follows Preston Jones’ appointment as the center’s associate director and designates Lisa Watson-Morgan as the directorate’s new deputy director.

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DARPA to Help DoD Stand New Space Development Agency

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been tasked with providing recommendations to the Pentagon for establishing a proposed agency that would lead efforts to build and acquire space technologies for the military, Space News reported Thursday. DARPA will study the process and approach for the Space Development Agency following a directive by Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin.

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GAO Develops Four Categories for Long-Range National Security Threats

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report that divides into four categories 26 long-range threats to U.S. national security identified by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State. Those categories are dual-use technologies; weapons; events and demographic changes; and political and military advancements of adversaries, GAO said Thursday.

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