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OMB Officials Say Office of Federal CIO Continues to Uphold Transparency

Matthew Cornelius, senior technology and cybersecurity adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, said the office of the federal chief information officer within OMB continues to promote transparency, Nextgov reported Monday. “This OMB—and Suzette Kent, my boss—have been very adamant about us being transparent and open in the policymaking process,” Cornelius said at an Association for Federal Information Resources Management-hosted event in response to reports that OFCIO was in turmoil.

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DOE Announces $95M Funding for SBIR, STTR Phase II

The Department of Energy intends to award $95 million in 86 grants across 74 firms under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The grants cover phase II of the programs and would finance projects that passed technical feasibility qualifications during the first phase, DOE said Monday. Each awardee would receive a grant valued around $1 million covering a two-year research and development period for prototyping.

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John Sanders Named CBP Acting Commissioner

John Sanders, a more than 30-year national security veteran and chief operating officer of Customs and Border Protection, has been named acting commissioner of the CBP. "Sanders has proven instrumental to advancing CBP’s mission and organizational priorities across the agency," Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement released Monday

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Federal Agency to Use AI to Improve Security Clearance Process

The National Background Investigation Service plans to launch its first artificial intelligence algorithm to accelerate review of federal security clearances, FedScoop reported Monday. The current clearance application requires paperwork, interviews with applicants’ friends and family members and an evidence package for assessment.

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents John Vollmer, President of AECOM Management Services, His Fourth Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented John Vollmer, president of AECOM Management Services, with his fourth Wash100 Award on Monday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Vollmer for securing several large contracts in 2018 and supporting the company’s growth. We are pleased to present the most coveted award in government contracting to Vollmer. 

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NRL Unveils Laser Processing Concept for Light Emitting Diodes

The Naval Research Laboratory devised an approach that will address potential gaps in optical materials to boost their quality. The lab said Monday its scientists created a laser processing methodology that works to reinforce the optical properties of monolayer molybdenum disulphide and diminish the size of light emitting diodes.

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Air Force Fighters Enter CENTCOM Area for Mission

Air Force F-35A units arrived in the Middle East for the aircraft's first deployment in the branch's central command area. The jets, coming from the active duty 388th and the reserve 419th fighter wings, are preparing for the AFCENT mission, the Air Force said Monday.

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