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House OKs Defense Bill To Build Missile System, Keep Northrop Drones

House lawmakers approved their version of the 2013 defense authorization bill Friday that would fund a new U.S. missile defense system and addresses nuclear arms reduction plans, The Hill newspaper reports. The National Defense Authorization Act passed in a 299-120 vote, allocating $643 billion to the Defense Department and its …

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FCC Medical Device Spectrum Plan In The Works

The Federal Communications Commissions plans to allocate spectrum so healthcare providers can operate wireless medical monitoring devices for mobile patient care, Adam Mazmanian reports for National Journal. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said at a George Washington University Hospital event last week that the FCC will decide on the plan at …

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Pentagon Giving Academia $155M For Science, Engineering Research; Lemnios Comments

The Defense Department plans to distribute $155 million to academic institutions over the next five years for multidisciplinary basic research, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Research teams will receive the funds through the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, aimed at accelerating research in scientific- and engineering-related programs. Zachary Lemnios, the assistant secretary …

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House OKs Defense Bill Language Easing SATCOM Export Restrictions

The House approved an amendment to the 213 defense authorization bill that would alter restrictions on exporting U.S.-made commercial satellites, Kate Brannen reports for Defense News. Lawmakers agreed by voice vote to language in the bill that would allow commercial satellites to be moved from the U.S. Munitions List to …

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VA Announces Vet Job Retraining Funds; Eric Shinseki Comments

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to fund eligible veterans’ educational training for high-demand jobs, the agency announced Wednesday. VA and the Labor Department opened the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program up for applications on Tuesday in order to retrain 99,000 veterans to meet and qualify for job demands. Program funding will cover …

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Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Using Private Security At Afghan Posts

House lawmakers will begin to consider the 2013 defense authorization bill this week, including a provision in regard to federal contracting in Afghanistan, the Washington Business Journal reports. According to writer Jill Aitoro, the measure would prohibit the Pentagon from contracting private companies for security guard services at Afghanistan-based military …

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Report: Capitol Police Radio Modernization Project Delayed

The U.S. Capitol Police force is still awaiting upgraded radio and communication systems in order to address connectivity issues around the Capitol, The Hill newspaper reports. In 2007, the organization allocated $35 million in order to modernize its radio and communication assets across the department, according to reporter Debbie Siegelbaum. …

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White House Cyber Head Howard Schmidt Retiring

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is set to retire at the end of May after a two and a half year stint, the Washington Post reports. Schmidt told the Post he plans to retire in order to spend more time with his family and to pursue opportunities to teach …

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Senate Panel OKs Joseph Jordan To Head OFPP

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, GovExec reports. Joseph Jordan, currently an adviser in the Office of Management and Budget, was nominated in February to succeed Dan Gordon, who took …

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