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DHS S&T Pursues Development of Airport Shoe Scanner

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a millimeter wave technology designed to scan footwear for airport security. DHS' Science and Technology Directorate said Tuesday that it's pursuing this project as part of the Screening at Speed Program, an effort to boost security effectiveness and reduce waiting times for passengers.

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Space Dev’t Agency Seeking Low-Earth Orbit Satcom Capabilities

The Space Development Agency looks to use rapid acquisition authorities for satellite communications capabilities to establish a low-Earth orbit constellation, Space News reported Tuesday. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a breakfast meeting that the armed forces need “ubiquitous communications” that an LEO constellation can provide.

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NSF Taps Industry to Update Strategic Computing Initiative

The National Science Foundation issued a request for information seeking industry comments on the challenges and updates to U.S. strategic computing to maintain scientific, technological and economic leadership. The RFI issued Tuesday on Federal Register aims to guide the agency in developing a new National Strategic Computing Initiative.

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Independent Board Considers Options to Reduce Federal Civilian Real Estate Footprint

The Public Build Reform Board conducted its first meeting to try to identify at least five excess federal civilian properties to sell within six months to generate savings, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The independent board, which was established through 2016 Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act, will need to send its recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget for evaluation and approval.

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Sen. Joe Manchin Introduces Water, Energy Management Bill for Federal Buildings

Sen. Joe Manchin unveiled a bipartisan legislation to create water and energy usage standards for federal government buildings. The Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act will formally establish the Federal Energy Management Program, an initiative to validate low-cost approaches in saving energy and water resources through partnerships with public and private sector organizations, the Department of Energy said Friday.

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FAA to Update Procedure on Supersonic Flight Test Permits

The Federal Aviation Administration intends to modify regulations on the attainment of permission for supersonic flight tests in a proposed rulemaking. Dan Elwell, acting administrator at FAA, said in a statement published Monday that the agency will establish an updated process and provide information to companies in securing approval for flight demonstrations.

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USDA Hosts Hackathon for Agricultural IT Systems

The Department of Agriculture held a two-day hackathon event to address agricultural concerns through the development of new approaches. USDA tasked software developers, information technology professionals and technical experts to create IT systems that will work, grow and sustain agricultural efforts through the use of water resources, the agency said Monday.

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VA Inspector General Office Audits IT Contract Vehicle; Recommends Strengthened Policy

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General released results of an audit on VA's information technology procurement vehicle. VA OIG said Thursday that it sought to verify the department's compliance with federal regulations in managing the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation or T4NG contract. In addition, the audit worked to determine whether VA's Technology Acquisition Center helped contractors meet requirements and awarded orders with respect to policy.

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