Technology

Congress OKs FISMA Reform, DHS Workforce Bills; Phyllis Schneck Comments

Congress has approved two bills that seek to reform the existing cybersecurity law and assist the Department of Homeland Security in recruiting and retaining cyber personnel, GovInfoSecurity reported Wednesday. Eric Chabrow writes the Federal Information Security Management Act reform bill would require agencies to implement continuous monitoring of their information systems for …

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FAA Grants UAV Regulation Exemptions to 4 Firms; Michael Huerta Comments

Four companies that requested for regulatory exemptions have received approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration for unmanned aircraft systems operations. The FAA said Wednesday it granted the exemptions to Trimble Navigation, VDOS Global, Clayco and Woolpert for their aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections operations. Woolpert received two exemptions …

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Doug Maughan: DHS, Industry to Present Agency-Funded Cybersecurity Tech Projects

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will hold an event on Tuesday to showcase agency-backed research and development work on information technology security tools, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes DHS’ science and technology organization chose 11 industry partners to demonstrate their cybersecurity technologies and commercialization strategies at …

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FLC Unveils Govt Tech Resources Database; Paul Zielinski Comments

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has introduced an electronic database that industry can use to find government technology licensing or funding programs. The FLCBusiness website is designed to provide information about federal research and development centers as well as their programs intended to help companies move technology from …

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NASA Offers Tech Licensing to Commercialize Space Data Processors

NASA has released a notice of license availability on SpaceCube 2.0 technologies in an effort to help the private sector commercialize government-owned inventions on space-based data processing systems and support further research and development work. The notice posted Monday on the Federal Register said that NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center wants partners to manufacture SpaceCube …

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House-Approved Defense Spending Bill Pushes for IT Modernization

The new House-passed defense authorization bill for fiscal 2015 contains provisions to modernize the Defense Department‘s information technology systems, FCW reported Friday. Adam Mazmanian writes the bill seeks to streamline Pentagon’s IT procurement through an open-source and modular system design. The legislation wants to merge the chief management officer and chief information officer roles …

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