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Coast Guard Receives $655M in FY 2019 Funds for New Heavy Icebreaker

Congress has earmarked $655M in fiscal year 2019 funds for the construction of the lead ship for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new fleet of Polar Security Cutters to aid Arctic missions, USNI News reported Friday. The Coast Guard will also receive $20M to procure long lead time materials for a second heavy icebreaker under the Department of Homeland Security’s FY 2019 appropriations measure.

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GSA Receives Technology Modernization Funds to Support Pay Management System

The General Services Administration has taken $20.7M from the government's Technology Modernization Fund for the development of a new cloud-based pay and personnel management system, Federal Times reported Tuesday. The funds will support the GSA NewPay project that was meant to be a 10-year, $2.5B contract the agency awarded to teams led by Carahsoft and Grant Thornton.

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: CYBERCOM Requires an Expansion

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads the U.S. Cyber Command, told Congress that the force requires an expansion to accommodate mission needs, FCW reported Thursday. During a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said USCYBERCOM may require over 133 teams to keep up with the technological development of U.S. adversaries.

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DoD Seeking $270M in FY 2020 Budget for Space Force HQ, Agency, Combatant Command

The Department of Defense is seeking $270M in funds for fiscal year 2020 to establish the Space Development Agency, U.S. Space Command and headquarters for the new Space Force, SpaceNews reported Monday. DoD will request $120M for the Space Development Agency, $84M for the new combatant command and $64M for the new headquarters, according to a draft memo obtained by the publication. 

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Lawmakers Set Tentative Deal to Avoid Another Government Shutdown

Senate and House lawmakers said they have reached a tentative deal preventing another government shutdown on Friday night, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Representatives from both chambers made the agreement after Democrats dropped some demands to limit immigrant detention. The lawmakers also settled and are denying full funding for President Trump’s proposed walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Rep. Will Hurd Appointed Lead Republican of Intelligence Modernization Subcommittee

Representative Will Hurd, former undercover officer at the CIA and cybersecurity entrepreneur, has been named a ranking member at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness. Hurd's office said Friday that he's bringing his intelligence and cybersecurity background to the subcommittee and will follow through on information technology modernization policies under his new role.

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Gov’t May Appoint Leader to Oversee DoD-VA Electronic Health Record; James Byrne Quoted

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are looking to establish a single position of authority who would oversee activities regarding an electronic health record system, FCW reported Tuesday. James Byrne, acting deputy secretary at VA, said at a senate appropriations hearing that VA considers to have one arbitrator to make decisions on the health record when there are disagreements between the two departments.

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Report: White House’s FY 2020 Defense Budget Request Could be Ready by Mid-March

The Office of Management and Budget has notified Congress that the president’s fiscal 2020 budget request for the Department of Defense could be ready by mid-March, National Defense reported Monday. “We got an email this morning from [the Office of Management and Budget] saying that they are projecting right now to give us the skinny [defense] budget March 12 with full budget documents … on March 18,” John Lucio, a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee staffer, said during a panel discussion Monday at the Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference in Monterey, Calif.

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IPEC: Trump Administration Taking ‘Comprehensive’ Approach on Intellectual Property Protection

Vishal Amin, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, has detailed the Trump administration’s intellectual property protection and policy strategy in the 2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress released Monday. The report states the administration is “taking a targeted, practical, and comprehensive approach” to ensure that American innovators’ creations are respected and U.S. businesses can operate in a fair and open market.

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