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NASA Governmentwide Contract Still Operational Despite Shutdown; Joanne Woytek Quoted

NASA's Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract, the agency's governmentwide procurement vehicle, has remained operational despite the government's shutdown, FCW reported Tuesday. Joanne Woytek, SEWP's program manager, told FCW that the vehicle's main federal customers continue buying services via SEWP amid the shutdown.

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Navy Tests Hyper Velocity Projectiles From Mk 45 Naval Gun

The U.S. Navy test-fired 20 hyper velocity projectiles from guided missile destroyer USS Dewey into the Pacific Ocean last summer, USNI News reported Tuesday. The ship fired the missiles from its Mk 45 naval gun as part of the effort to expand the weapon's utility against unmanned aircraft and cruise missiles, the report noted.

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Chris Shank: DoD Plans to Create Joint Agency for Space Tech Dev’t

During the recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics event in San Diego, Calif., Chris Shank, the Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office director, said the U.S. plans to establish a joint Space Development Agency to reinforce its space leadership, DoD said Tuesday. Shank said the Pentagon will work extensively this year on the creation of the new agency as part of its efforts to rapidly prototype and field new space technologies.

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DOE Announces Funds for Marine Energy Technology Research

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is investing $25M in 12 research and development efforts on marine energy technologies. These technologies would generate electricity from different forms of marine energy including waves, tides and currents, DOE said Tuesday.

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DoD Inspector General Issues Report on FY 2018 Financial Statement Audit Results

The Department of Defense’s office of inspector general has released a new report to help non-auditors understand the findings of the first departmentwide financial audit in fiscal year 2018. A team of over 1K auditors visited more than 600 DoD sites and evaluated over 90K sample items and found that 13 of the 21 DoD reporting entities received disclaimers of opinion, which means that an auditor fails to obtain sufficient audit evidence on which to base an opinion, according to the report released Tuesday.
 

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PSC Outlines Recommendations for Proposed Update to Data Center Optimization Initiative

The Professional Services Council has sent to the Office of Management and Budget its recommendations for the agency's proposed update to the Data Center Optimization Initiative. In a Dec. 26 letter to Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent, PSC listed 20 recommendations such as including a vision statement to establish the DCOI policy’s purpose and aligning the policy with the 2017 Federal IT Modernization Report.

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Army Seeks to Enlist More Soldiers in New Recruitment Push

Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, has said that the service is looking to major urban centers like Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles to increase its recruitment figures. Speaking at a Jan. 7 Association of the United States Army forum, Townsend noted that the service is also improving its presence on social media. The U.S. Army decided to embark on the effort after it failed to reach its recruitment objective in 2018, National Defense reported Tuesday.

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USAF Kessel Run Labs Opens Jobs Addressing Software Needs

The Kessel Run Experimentation Laboratory seeks civilian personnel who would help the U.S. Air Force address software matters that affect various weapon and information systems. Kessel Run intends to hire 50 new employees at an event taking place Jan. 23 to 24 as part of an expansion effort in Boston, Mass., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Friday.

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DOE Launches Grant Program to Support Science R&D Efforts

The Department of Energy will award 189 research and development grants worth a total of $33M in support of the Office of Science’s efforts to study the feasibility of new technology, DOE said Monday. The department will select 149 small businesses in 32 states to participate in R&D programs for the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Biological and Environmental Research and Office of Nuclear Physics.

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