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FAA Makes Efforts to Digitize Airmen Notice Bulletins

The Federal Aviation Administration has been working to digitize its notice bulletins that contain logistical data of airports, FCW reported Monday. Abigail Smith, the agency's director of technical training, said these Notice to Airmen or NOTAM bulletins provide information on closed runways, flight navigation and other factors that air traffic controllers and pilots need to know about for flight safety.

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CIT, George Mason University Support DHS Smart Building Effort

The Center for Innovation Technology and George Mason University have partnered to help the Department of Homeland Security study smart building technologies under a four-year, $19M contract. The effort aims to support public safety and aid first responders in building-related rescue operations, CIT said Monday.

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Adm. Charles Richard Now Commander of USSTRATCOM

Adm. Charles Richard of the U.S. Navy has assumed leadership of U.S. Strategic Command at a ceremony that took place Monday. Richard, USSTRATCOM's former deputy commander, succeeds Gen. John Hyten, who will go on to serve as Joint Chiefs of Staff's vice chairman, the command said Monday.

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GAO: VA Still Needs to Address Cybersecurity Issues

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Veterans Affairs still faces multiple cybersecurity challenges in the course of modernization. VA must implement security controls to protect sensitive information, identify cybersecurity workforce needs, manage information technology supply chain risks and address known vulnerabilities, GAO said Thursday.

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DARPA Pursues New Genetics Research Program to Improve Military Health

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to invest in biotechnology research that applies genetic engineering to health monitoring. DARPA said Friday its Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies or DIGET program aims to support medical response, elevate military care standards and prevent disease outbreaks and geopolitical effects.

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DHS Unveils SBIR Topics for Fiscal 2020

The Department of Homeland Security has released 11 topics for this fiscal year's wave of small business innovation research projects. DHS said Thursday it released a pre-solicitation with nine topics from the department's Science and Technology Directorate and two others in support of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

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USDA to Address IT Skills Gap in Employees; Gary Washington Quoted

The Department of Agriculture faces the challenge to address the information technology skills gap across the USDA workforce, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Gary Washington, USDA chief information officer, said at a Fedscoop event that the department's adoption of a consolidated, business-focused IT approach has left out the technology awareness of many employees.

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DHS Requests Feedback on Vulnerability Assessment Process

The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency seeks third party feedback on an effort to assess infrastructure security. CISA uses a system to gather critical infrastructure data from organizations, but the cost of assessments has risen from $1.8M to $1.9M, DHS said Thursday in a Federal Register notice.

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NASA Inspector General Office Reports 2019 Challenges

NASA's Office of the Inspector General has found seven challenges faced by the space agency in the areas of management and performance. The agency is challenged to conduct manned lunar exploration by 2024, improve management across major programs, sustain a skilled workforce, maintain human presence in-orbit, better oversee contract awards, address information technology issues and support facilities, NASA OIG said Wednesday.

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