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Douglas Loverro: Pentagon Weighs Weather Satellite Program Options

Pentagon officials have begun examining requirements for a new weather satellite program and will incorporate some program funding in its fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, Reuters reported Thursday. Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Douglas Loverro told Reuters the U.S. Air Force and the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office are determining …

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Justice Dept Has Spent Nearly $5M on Drones Since 2004

The Justice Department‘s inspector general has released a report which says the department spent nearly $5 million on unmanned aircraft from 2004 to 2013. The FBI has spent more than $3 million on drones, while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has spent almost $600,000 and plans to use …

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White House Promotes STEM Education for Women

The White House is aiming to carry forward efforts to promote STEM education programs for women through various initiatives and tools, FedScoop reported Wednesday. Colby Hochmuth writes NASA’s Digital Learning Network intends to connect NASA professionals and students across the country using web-based tools to discuss STEM programs. The National …

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Turkey Picks Chinese State-Run Firm for $4B Missile Defense Program

Turkey has awarded China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp. a contract to co-develop a $4 billion air and missile defense system, Reuters reported Thursday. Ece Toksabay writes the state-run enterprise has been sanctioned by the U.S. government for violating international nuclear nonproliferation laws. A Stockholm International Peace Research Institute …

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Report: NIST Schedules Draft Cyber Framework Release

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has completed the draft cybersecurity framework for a scheduled release in October ahead of a forthcoming government shutdown, FCW reported Thursday. Amber Corrin writes NIST officials finished the draft framework after seven months of work and the agency intends to issue the preliminary …

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Federal Agencies Join Twitter Public Safety Alerts Program

Twitter has launched a new feature to help government agencies and emergency responders alert people about natural disasters and other public safety events. The departments of Interior and State Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Geological Survey are among the participants in the alerts program, according …

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NTIA State Grants Aim to Connect Citizens, Government Online

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is looking to distribute broadband grants to states with the goal of helping citizens gain access to government services online. NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative aims to help residents communicate with government leaders, pay taxes and fines online and obtain different types of government forms, …

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Navy Deploys Airship to Map Maryland, Virginia

The Naval Research Laboratory and the Navy’s Scientific Development Squadron ONE are flying an airship over the Washington metropolitan area to map Maryland and Virgini9a. The MZ-3A launched Saturday for a two-week mission to survey areas in locations within the Washington D.C. Flight Restriction Zone, the Navy said Sept. 20. Integrated …

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Treasury Drafts Qualification Rules for Federal Shared Service Providers; Beth Angerman Comments

The U.S. Treasury is updating eligibility criteria for federal agencies that aim to deliver financial management services to other departments as part of an outsourcing push, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes the Office of Management and Budget requires that agencies initially consider qualified federal shared services providers …

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Army Computer Networks to Get C2 Overhaul

The U.S. Army has secured $175 million to fund a plan to restructure command and control of its information technology network, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jared Serbu writes the project involves consolidating the Army’s joint regional security stacks into 15 hubs that will manage the security of all Army …

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