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Report: Federal Funding Lapse Impacts Staffing Levels at Some Agencies

A lapse in federal appropriations that started on Saturday due to a partial government shutdown has affected some federal agencies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. About 32K employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been precluded from going to work, including 1.5K personnel at DHS’ management directorate who have been put on emergency furlough.
 

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Report: Trump Eyes Executive Order to Ban Corporate Purchases of Chinese-Made Telecoms Equipment

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would keep U.S. firms from buying and using products from Chinese telecommunications firms ZTE and Huawei, Reuters reported Thursday. Sources told Reuters the White House could release the executive order as soon as January.

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DoD Declassifies Space Traffic Data to Back Commercialization Effort

The Department of Defense has started to declassify space traffic data as part of the U.S. government’s effort to advance space commercialization and safety, Popular Mechanics reported Thursday. “This is us being transparent, leaning forward and trying to enhance that spaceflight safety through data sharing,” Col. Scott Brodeur, director of the Combined Space Operation Center, told the publication.

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Avi Bender: Federal Gov’t Needs Innovative Measures to Implement Shared Services for Data

Avi Bender, director of the Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service, told FedScoop in an interview published Monday that the federal government should identify innovative approaches to shared services implementation and consider additional procurement instruments that are suitable for data management. “Data management is an ongoing innovation effort that requires continuous and iterative learning, continuous agility and discovery of new opportunities,” he said.

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Commerce Dept Seeks Comments on Draft Practices in Federal Data Strategy

The Commerce Department has begun to solicit public comments on draft practices in the proposed Federal Data Strategy that seeks to meet one of the cross-agency priority goals in the President’s Management Agenda. A Federal Register notice published Wednesday says the working groups have classified into five objectives the proposed practices in the strategy, which aims to leverage data as a “strategic asset” in order to advance transparency and facilitate oversight.

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Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell to Prioritize Industry Advocacy, Regulatory Concerns

Kevin O'Connell, director of the Office of Space Commerce, said his priorities for the space-based regulatory body include modifying space policy and safeguarding national security by encouraging industry participation in the endeavor, SpaceNews reported Thursday.

 

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Congress Wants DoD to Prioritize Machine Learning, AI Tech Programs

A fiscal 2019 defense budget deal unveiled by House and Senate negotiators Monday calls for the Defense Department to implement artificial intelligence and machine learning programs, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. Lawmakers wants the Pentagon to form a commission that would examine the potential applications of AI technology for national security and defense efforts. …

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