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DARPA on Schedule for Hypersonic Vehicle Launches This Year

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is preparing to launch two prototype hypersonic vehicles by the end of 2019, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. Steven Walker, DARPA director and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, told reporters that both Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept and Tactical Boost Glide programs are progressing on schedule.

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NIST Seeking Info on Technical Standards, Tools Related to Artificial Intelligence

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued on Federal Register a request for information on technical standards and associated tools for artificial intelligence. “The inputs of the U.S. stakeholder community are essential to inform development of a plan that will support continued American leadership in AI,” Walter Copan, NIST director and undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology, said in a statement published Wednesday

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NAVFAC Rolling Out ‘Smart Grid’ Energy Mgmt System

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command completed capability testing for its Smart Grid facility management system to accelerate response time during emergencies, energy failures or power outages, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday. Smart Grid is a centralized system that deploys data analytics, predictive maintenance and mapping features to provide instant alerts of anomalies and help technicians identify specific issues within a facility.

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NIST Sets International Standard for Data Encryption Testing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the international standard for testing device data encryption, which promises to speed up delivery of technologies from the factory to the U.S. and international markets. NIST announced Tuesday that the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-3 for manufacturers working with the federal government and its international partners. 

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Kevin McAleenan: DHS Merging All Immigrant Processing IT Systems

Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and 2018 Wash100 Award winner, said DHS will request more funds through a fiscal year 2019 supplemental request and FY 2020 budget request to better implement its immigration policies and perform upgrades to its information technology systems, FCW reported Tuesday. He told a House Appropriations subcommittee the department intends to combine all immigrant processing IT systems used by the Customs and Border Protection and other agencies within DHS through an “immigration portal.” 

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DHS Honored for Immersive Surveillance System

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate received an award in recognition of a certain government-funded surveillance system. DHS said Tuesday that it garnered the R&D 100 Award for the Immersive Imaging System, a situational awareness tool designed to provide 360-degree surveillance coverage with high-resolution imagery.

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DHS Looks to Build In-House Contract for Agile Development

The Department of Homeland Security is working on an in-house contract focusing on agile development to accelerate the modernization of information technology for the agency and its components, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The effort comes after Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa unveiled the third iteration of the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions contract in December.

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USDA Makes Progress in Modernization as Center of Excellence

A top official at the General Services Administration said the Department of Agriculture is moving forward with its modernization efforts to consolidate data and call centers, FedTech Magazine reported Monday. The progress comes after USDA received the federal Center of Excellence designation from the White House. 

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