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Conner Prochaska Named DOE Chief Commercialization Officer

Conner Prochaska, former senior advisor and chief of staff for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, has been named the Energy Department's chief commercialization officer. Prochaska will direct the Office of Technology Transitions, overseeing the national laboratories, DOE program offices and other associated facilities in the U.S., the department said Tuesday.

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Dave Powner: FITARA Scorecard Helps Elevate CIO Role

Dave Powner, a 16-year Government Accountability Office veteran, told FedTech in an interview published Tuesday that the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard has provided agency chief information officers authority to oversee IT modernization and security efforts. “We have plenty of acquisitions that have failed, we have plenty of operations that need to improve, and I think elevating that position and making it a real CIO position at more and more agencies is extremely important,” said Powner, former director of IT management issues at GAO.

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DARPA Mimics Power Grid Cyber Attack Through ‘Black Start’ Exercise

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has conducted a seven-day exercise on Plum Island in New York to simulate a cyber attack on the U.S. power grid, Nextgov reported Tuesday. At least 100 people participated in the exercise that kicked off Nov. 1 to replicate “black start” or the restoration of power at two utility stations that were shut down for weeks by a cyber attack.

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Congress OKs Bill to Create New Cyber Agency at DHS

A bill that would establish a cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security is now headed to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature after Congress passed the measure. The House on Tuesday unanimously approved the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act a month after the Senate passed the legislation, DHS said Tuesday.

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NASA to Implement Structural Change on Astrobiology Program

NASA has announced a new programmatic infrastructure aiming to foster research collaboration within the space agency's Astrobiology Program. The agency said Nov. 1 it is replacing its virtual Astrobiology Institute with several research coordination networks by the end of 2019.

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Scientist Brian Anderson Named Director of National Energy Technology Laboratory

Brian Anderson, former director of West Virginia University's Energy Institute, has joined the Department of Energy as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He succeeds Sean Plasynski, who now serves as NETL's deputy director and chief operating officer, the DOE said Friday.

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