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McKinsey Report: Open Gov’t Data Part of New Economy

McKinsey & Company projects that freeing up data from seven sectors could generate up to $3 trillion in revenue for companies who rely on government open data to run their business, Nextgov reported Thursday. Joseph Marks writes that more than 500 companies, ranging from large corporations to small startups, use open government data …

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Chuck Hagel: Pentagon Seeks to Increase FY15 Cyber Funding

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2015 budget request will provide a funding increase for cyber intelligence, reconnaissance and security programs, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Jordain Carney writes Hagel will offer a preview of the department’s 2015 budget request on Monday. “We are adjusting our asset base …

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DHS Seeks Facial Tech System to Track Foreign Visitors

The Department of Homeland Security wants to acquire technology for monitoring outgoing foreign visitors through facial and iris recognition, Nextgov reported Thursday. Aliya Sternstein writes the surveillance system is intended to be deployed across pedestrian and driver crossings. “To biometrically identify the broadest set of travelers as well as to discourage …

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NASA Applies Crowdsourcing Site for Product Discovery

NASA is using the crowdsourcing platform Marblar to share the agency’s scientific discoveries with the public and seek new ideas for applying the technologies, FCW reported Wednesday. Reid Davenport writes NASA has published 35 patents on the Marblar online community to date with the goal of spurring innovation through a …

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Obama Asks Export-Import Agencies to Centralize Operations

President Barack Obama has asked federal agencies that handle export-import operations to centralize those process and work to remove redundant paperwork requests, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jack Moore writes Obama signed an executive order calling for the completion of an electronic export-import processing system by December 2016. The International Trade …

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