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Frank Kendall: Defense Firms Should Sustain Internal R&D Programs

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has called on defense companies to maintain independent funds for research and development efforts, as government investment in technological R&D continues to decline, Defense News reported Monday. Marcus Weisgerber and Zachary Fryer-Biggs write industry is hesitant to invest in independent R&D projects amid cuts to …

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Energy Dept Aims for New Hardware to Secure Classified Data

The Energy Department and National Security Agency have jointly developed a sample hardware that is designed to safeguard the transmission of sensitive data, GCN reported Monday. Kathleen Hickey writes the DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory engineered the prototype based on suite B cryptography to work with radiation air monitoring sensors …

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Robert Petzel: VA Spent $500M on Telemedicine Projects in 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend $500 million in 2013 on telemedicine programs intended for 8 million veterans, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes that VA Health Undersecretary Robert Petzel told the station in an interview at the Connected Health Showcase event Wednesday in Washington agency seeks to …

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Gerry Connolly Urges White House to Sign IT Reform Bill

Rep. Gerry Connolly, (D-Va.), has urged the White House to carefully consider a bill on information technology reforms that the House of Representatives passed last month, Nextgov reported Thursday. John Marks writes the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act is meant to assign a leader for each federal department who will …

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Steven VanRoekel: IT Reform Saved Govt $1B

U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told House lawmakers Thursday government has saved $1.37 billion from information technology reforms and another $885 million from updating IT portfolios at federal agencies over the past year, Nextgov reported Thursday. Joseph Marks writes the government’s IT savings reached $300 million as of March …

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