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18F, OPM Continue Work on GovConnect Federal Workforce Development Initiative

The General Services Administration‘s 18F organization is continuing its work to build a “culture of excellence” at government agencies as part of the GovConnect initiative in collaboration with the Office of Personnel Management. Brad Nunnally and Sarah Allen of 18F wrote Tuesday that the initiative seeks to establish approaches that will help develop a …

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NGA Launches Public Website for Unclassified Arctic Data

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made its unclassified geospatial intelligence on the Arctic available to the public via a new website to support international efforts relevant to the region. NGA said Wednesday the website provides 3-D Digital Elevation Models of the Arctic landscape based on satellite images from DigitalGlobe‘s commercial imagery sources. Each model works to support scientific studies …

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Terry Halvorsen: DoD Seeks Greater Financial Costs for Hackers

Pentagon CIO Terry Halvorsen seeks to work with industry to shift cost burdens of cybersecurity on hackers that try to attack Defense Department systems, FCW reported Wednesday. Sean Lyngaas writes that Halvorsen pegged the cost of DoD cyber defenses at approximately $44 billion per year in remarks to the AFCEA Nova conference. “From a standpoint of cybersecurity, right now …

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State Dept Sanctions 5 Russian Companies for Violation of Multilateral Export Control Law

The State Department has barred 23 international companies from doing business in the U.S. after the agency found evidence that the organizations defied the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act, Defense News reported Wednesday. Matthew Bodner writes the sanctioned businesses include Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport, aircraft designer MiG …

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Interior Dept Seeks New Deputy CIO

The Interior Department is looking for a new deputy chief information officer who will support the duties, responsibilities and authority of the CIO and the secretary for information management and technology. In a notice posted Monday on USAJobs.gov, the department said the deputy CIO role is a Senior Executive Service …

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NGA-Led Research Team Unveils New Map to Depict Earth’s Radioactivity; Shawn Usman Comments

A research team led by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has released a new map that uses sets of geophysical data to illustrate the Earth’s radioactivity. NGA said Tuesday the Antineutrino Global Map 2015 also uses international observational data on antineutrinos. An antineutrino is a subatomic particle generated by nuclear reactors, the Earth’s …

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