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HHS Funds IT Work at Health Center Controlled Networks; Alex Azar Quoted

The Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration has invested nearly $42M to support 49 health center controlled networks. HHS said Thursday that its contribution will support information technology efforts at 1,100 federally-funded health centers in all U.S. states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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Michael Hardin: CBP Ramps Up Facial Recognition Tech Adoption

Michael Hardin, director of policy at the Customs and Border Protection, touted the capability of facial recognition systems in identifying and verifying individuals during an event in Washington, Nextgov reported Thursday. “But the reality of that is there are some things that machines are better at and there are some things people are better at."

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Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert Revises Gov’t HR Certification Program

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, issued a memo on Wednesday implementing the Delegated Examining Certification Program for human resources practitioners seeking work with the federal government. The new program requires HR practitioners to undergo a certification assessment and removes the mandatory requirement for OPM Delegated Examining Training.

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NAVWAR Pursues Partnership for Data Science Study

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command has partnered with the University of California, San Diego to research data science techniques that may support the U.S. Navy's decision-making. The partnership intends to determine the staffing and training factors that significantly influence a ship's performance with the Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services, a platform that consolidates naval network systems, the service branch said Wednesday.

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GSA to Complete Schedule Consolidation Activities by Year’s End

The General Services Administration is continuing efforts to unify 24 schedules into one contract vehicle to support its goal of simplifying procurement procedures for agencies and offerors, FCW reported Wednesday. Alan Thomas, commissioner of the GSA Federal Acquisition Service, told attendees at an AFFIRM event that the FAS plans to complete transition activities and address "special cases” by the end of the year.

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Navy to Commission HII-Built USS Paul Ignatius Missile Destroyer

The USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) guided-missile destroyer is scheduled to be commissioned into naval service on July 27 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Huntington Ingalls Industries-manufactured vessel is named after the 59th U.S. Navy secretary and will be the 67th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer owned by the military service, the Defense Department said Wednesday

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