Pete Gaynor, former director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as a deputy administrator of the agency's national branch.Read More »
David Chow: Housing and Urban Development Dept Eyes Financial Transformation via CoE, Tech Modernization Fund
David Chow, chief information officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told Federal News Network in an interview published Friday that the Centers of Excellence program and the Technology Modernization Fund are part of HUD’s efforts to transform its financial profile. The report said HUD received $5M in September as the first installment of the $20M loan approved by the TMF board.Read More »
A hypersonic aircraft believed to be owned by the Chinese military has generated white plumes of light in the sky captured by residents in Beijing and northern regions of Shaanxi province and Inner Mongolia, Metro reported Friday. Chinese military bloggers associated the phenomenon with the country’s hypersonic glide system, dubbed DF-ZF, that is expected to be operational by 2020.
Innovators from the U.S. Navy have introduced new technologies at an Office of Naval Research-funded year-end review to address emerging threats.Read More »
Report: Senate OKs Gen. Robert Abrams as US Forces Korea Commander in Series of DoD Nominee Confirmations
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Army Gen. Robert Abrams as the next chief of U.S. Forces Korea in a series of approvals for Defense Department nominees in the upper chamber, Stars and Stripes reported Friday. Abrams, who has led Army Forces Command since 2015, will also serve as commander of United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command.Read More »
Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., are supporting Sen. Ron Wyden's, D-Ore., new bill aiming to help secure elections from cyber threats. The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2018 would require U.S. federal elections to employ physical paper ballots and undergo post-voting audits to limit risks, Wyden's office said Thursday.Read More »
The Office of Personnel Management has announced plans to introduce two direct hiring authorities as part of its civil service reform efforts, Federal Times reported Thursday. Agencies will have a DHA for engineering; economics; math, statistics and actuarial sciences; physical science; and biological sciences effective next week.
The Government Accountability Office has said that the U.S. Coast Guard should incorporate lessons gathered from acquisition programs into shipbuilding initiatives, to fill in capability gaps and address oversight on some naval aspects.Read More »