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GAO: NOAA Should Improve Cost Tracking for Hydrographic Data Collection Program

The Government Accountability Office has urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve efforts to track and report costs under its hydrographic survey program. GAO said Thursday NOAA creates an annual report that compares the cost of collecting hydrographic data using agency resources to the cost of acquiring data from the private sector. NOAA …

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GAO: NASA, DoD, NOAA Spent $43B on Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Satellite Procurement Programs

The Government Accountability Office assessed 19 satellite acquisition programs at NASA, Defense Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and found that the agencies obligated approximately $43.1 billion on cost-reimbursement contracts for such programs. GAO said in a report published Friday that DoD, NOAA and NASA spent $9 billion on fixed-price-incentive …

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Federal Agency Participants Develop Virtual Assistant Prototypes Under GSA’s Citizen Tech Initiative

The General Services Administration has hosted a “hackathon” that gathered participants from various federal agencies to build prototypes of artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants such as voice-activated systems, chatbots, intelligent websites and automated call centers. Justin Herman, manager of social media and digital engagement programs at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, wrote in an blog post published …

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Interagency Team to Study Feasibility of Radio Spectrum Reallocation for Non-Govt Use

The Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security have established an interagency team to conduct a feasibility study on a proposal to free portions of the radio spectrum for non-government use. FAA said Friday the Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar initiative was launched in response to …

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Steven Volz: NOAA Eyes Commercial, Int’l Partners as ‘Alternative Sources’ of Satellite Weather Data

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun to consider the use of satellite-based weather data from commercial sources and international partners in an effort to address potential budget cuts to NOAA’s weather satellite initiatives, Space News reported Monday. Jeff Foust writes Steven Volz, assistant administrator for satellite and information …

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Report: White House Asks Congress to Cut $140M From NASA, NOAA Programs

The Trump administration has asked Congress to cut $90 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s weather satellite programs and another $50 million from NASA‘s science programs in fiscal year 2017 spending bills, Space News reported Tuesday. Jeff Foust writes the White House sent a 13-page document to congressional appropriators requesting $17.9 billion …

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NIST Leads Federal Effort to Assess, Reduce Windstorm Impacts

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will spearhead a federal program that aims to study wind behavior in a push to cut the risk of loss of life and property damage from windstorms. NIST said Tuesday the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program covers three long-term strategic goals along with 14 key objectives and seven …

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NASA Enlists Students to Develop Glider for Weather Research, Forecasting

NASA‘s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California has enlisted the help of students to develop a subscale glider to aid weather research, prediction and airborne science programs at the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Weather Hazard Alert and Awareness Technology Radiation Radiosonde glider is based on the …

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NOAA’s John Leslie: JPSS-1 to Launch No Earlier Than July

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put off the launch of its weather satellite until after July due to technical errors, Space News reported Wednesday. Jeff Foust writes the same problems that caused the cancellation of the first Joint Polar Satellite System’s launch in August 2016 have led to …

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