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Navy Refines Network Integration Engineering Facility

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command has applied new updates to its Network Integration Engineering Facility, a site working to integrate off-the-shelf products into military operations. NAVWAR said Wednesday that its NIEF offers an environmentally controlled facility, updated integration capability and accelerated shipboard installation services.

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DOE to Fund Oil, Natural Gas Research Projects

The Department of Energy's office of fossil energy is set to award $44.5 million in funding grants to 12 research and development projects to support the recovery of oil and natural resources. Efforts under the funding opportunity are intended to help the industry reinforce manufacturing efforts for domestic energy sources, DOE said Wednesday.

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NIST Releases Risk Management Guide for Internet of Things Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Computer Security Resource Center released a publication on internet of things risk management. The document, entitled "Considerations for Managing IoT Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks," is intended to help federal employees understand and handle IoT risks affecting privacy and cybersecurity across a device's life cycle, the agency said.

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NASA Concludes Preliminary Design Review of Infrared Telescope Instrument

NASA has completed preliminary design review for the wide field instrument of an infrared-based telescope to explore distant space. The space agency said Wednesday that it met the design, schedule and budget requirements of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope's WFI. This milestone allows NASA to commence detailed design and fabrication.

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Five Agencies Show Progress in Eighth FITARA Scorecard

The eighth iteration of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard shows that five agencies saw improvement in their letter grades. The agencies showing progress in their letter grades are the departments of Defense, Agriculture, Justice and Treasury and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Eleven federal agencies maintained their scores, while five agencies showed a drop in their letter grades.

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Agencies Advance Trusted Internet Connections Pilots

Several agencies have begun conducting pilots of the updated Trusted Internet Connections policy even if the policy is not yet finalized, FedScoop reported Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget released the draft TIC 3.0 policy in December, which intends to build network security across the government and eliminate barriers to the adoption of cloud and other tech platforms.

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Customer Experience Drives Federal IT Modernization Efforts

Federal agencies are modernizing their information technology systems driven by the need to improve customer experience, FCW reported Tuesday. "Customer experience matters a lot. It can drive operational efficiencies, savings, cost avoidance. It can make your employees happier,” Anahita Reilly, chief customer officer at the General Services Administration, said Tuesday at ACT-IAC's CX summit.

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Navy, USMC Increase AI Implementation Efforts; Richard Spencer Quoted

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps are pursuing ways to further implement the use of artificial intelligence in operations, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy, said the service branch is planning to focus on AI for its fiscal year 2020 budget proposal.

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New Marine Corps Unit Takes up Manufacturing Training Task

Marine Corps Systems Command has established a new manufacturing-focused unit due to new responsibilities gained in the first quarter of 2019. The command said Monday that its new Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell carries the task of training marines on manufacturing methods applicable on the battlefield. AMOC succeeds a branch within the Deputy Commandant Installation and Logistics that provided manufacturing training to marines for years. 

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