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DOE Unveils Carbon Capture Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy intends to award $30 million in grant funds supporting research and development efforts in carbon dioxide capture technologies. DOE said on Thursday that the department seeks to invest in projects focusing on the collection, usage and storage of carbon dioxide to support front-end engineering design efforts for coal and natural gas plants as part of the Carbon Capture program.

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Bill Zielinski: GSA Introduces New Software License Management Service

The General Services Administration launched a new service to help federal agencies manage software licenses. Bill Zielinski, acting assistant commissioner of GSA’s office of information technology category, wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday that the new software license management service, SLM Fast, seeks to help agency chief information officers, chief financial officers and acquisition professionals control software asset inventories.
 

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Report: DoD Launches Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan officially unveiled the new space development agency, CNN reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, will lead the agency as part of the proposed space force, according to a copy of Shanahan’s memo obtained by the publication.

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Cristopher Krebs: CISA’s ‘Protect 2020’ Initiative Will Address Election Cybersecurity Issues

Cristopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said during a House testimony that CISA will address electoral security through its Protect 2020 effort, The Hill reported Wednesday. Krebs said in his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee that the project revolves around identifying cybersecurity priorities, fortifying election systems and addressing auditing issues to assist state and local officials ahead of the presidential election.

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Report: DHS Faces Enforcement Issues With Cybersecurity Directives

The Department of Homeland Security released binding operational directives to direct agencies to implement cybersecurity measures against potential threats, but agencies failed to meet the deadlines outlined in the BoDs, FCW reported Tuesday. "I think stakeholders were worried about what we would do with the authority," Gabriel Taran, assistant general counsel for cybersecurity law at DHS, said at an event Monday.

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DOT to Boost Transportation Tech Deployment Through Deliberative Council

The Department of Transportation established a deliberative body that seeks to address regulatory and jurisdictional concerns. The Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology Council was established to provide potential sponsors an avenue to discuss plans and mitigate interference in the development of transportation technology, the DOT said Tuesday.

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DARPA Team Finds Way to Let AI Tech Learn New Task Alone

A team working on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Lifelong Learning Machines program developed a new algorithm that allows machine learning systems the ability to continuously obtain new information and  automatically adapt a task without requiring system resets.

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