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Charlie Phalen: Tech Adoption, Additional Investigators Help NBIB Reduce Security Clearance Backlog

Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, said NBIB reduced the security clearance backlog to 424,000, down from 725,000 in April 2018, Federal News Network reported Monday. The figure represents a drop of 41 percent, or approximately 300,000, in pending investigative cases.

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HHS Digital Service Lead Describes How Expanded IT Affects Healthcare

Shannon Sartin, executive director of digital service at the Department of Health and Human Services, said that expanding information technology may have positive and negative impact on the federal healthcare system, Nextgov reported Monday. Having too many systems running within HHS could increase challenges to healthcare providers, such as additional administrative tasks, which could lead to impersonal, inefficient and expensive care, Sartin said.

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Report: US Would See $1B in Economic Losses During GPS Outage

RTI International, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, released a report stating that a nationwide GPS outage would result in a $1 billion per day impact in critical industries. The report, titled “Economic Benefits of the Global Positioning System (GPS),” also found that the economic impact of a GPS service loss would be 50 percent higher during the planting season in April and May due to the agriculture sector’s widespread deployment of GPS-based technologies. 

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Judy Stecker to Fill Deputy Chief of Staff Role at HHS

Judy Stecker, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, will take up the additional role of deputy chief of staff for operations and strategy. She will work to boost HHS' external efforts in her new role after returning from her maternity leave, the department said Monday.

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USAF Applies New Laser Scanner to Radar Surveying

The U.S. Air Force's 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron received a 3D terrestrial laser scanner for use in radar survey operations. The squadron, stationed at Hill Air Force Base, works to monitor long-range radars to provide perimeter security across the country, USAF said Friday

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DARPA Unveils Gamma Ray Inspection Tech Project

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to develop a tunable gamma ray technology to accommodate industrial, medical and national security usage. The agency intends to integrate tunable, high-intensity and narrow-bandwidth sources of gamma ray energy through a portable form factor device to help detect specific elements as part of the Gamma Ray Inspection Technology program, DARPA said Friday.

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Army Seeks Satcom Capabilities for Integrated Tactical Network

The U.S. Army is looking to develop a tactical network to streamline integration operations between air and ground units during combat, C4ISRNET reported Sunday. Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, told attendees at forum with industry in Nashville, Tenn. that the Army component must be able to communicate effectively over great distances and “violently and decisively exploit developing opportunities on the battlefield.”

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NASA OKs Final Design Phase for Asteroid Study Mission

NASA has given the signal to commence the final design and fabrication phase of a mission to study a certain asteroid. The Psyche Mission's approved Phase C will include the development of detailed mission plans and the conclusion of spacecraft assembly and testing, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Tuesday

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Marshals Service Deploys Software to Address Agency Inefficiencies

The U.S. Marshals Service launched a project focused on using software to identify needs for correction in agency procedures, Federal News Netowrk reported Friday. Donald Washington, director of the Marshals Service, told attendees at a Department of Justice event that software developers will team with operational personnel to map out agency operations and pinpoint inefficiencies as part of the “capture project”. 

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