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White House Keen to Establish Gov’t Modernization Research Center in 2019

Federal officials said the White House is likely to establish its proposed government modernization research center in 2019, with funding to be released in the current fiscal year to support the project, Nextgov reported Thursday. The Trump administration aims for the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center to increase partnerships between the government, the industry and academia to accelerate deployment of new technologies and services.

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Trump Aims to Revitalize ‘Qualified Opportunity Zones’ via New White House Council

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to establish a new council that will work to encourage investments in urban and economically distressed areas. The secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the assistant to the president for domestic policy will respectively serve as chairman and vice chair of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, according to the executive order published Wednesday.

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Trump OKs National Strategy Against Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

President Trump approved a new national strategy to counter the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups. The National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism details how the federal government will launch global efforts to prevent insurgents from using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons to strengthen the security of the U.S. and its allies, the White House said Monday.

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House Lawmakers to Call on President Trump to Grant DoD $733B FY20 Budget

House lawmakers plan to call on President Trump to grant a $733B budget for the Department of Defense in fiscal year 2020 to restore the U.S. military’s readiness. Cutting DoD’s budget lower than the proposed figure “will have disastrous consequences for our military readiness, as was proven by sequestration,” Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio-10, said in a letter signed by 70 lawmakers.

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Commerce CIO Rod Turk: Govt Now Close to ‘Tipping Point’ in IT Modernization

Rod Turk, acting chief information officer at the Department of Commerce, has said the policies, budget authorities and funding vehicles provided by the White House and Congress in recent years have already been helping federal agencies modernize their networks, MeriTalk reported Wednesday.

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NASA, NSF Highlight Initiatives Supporting White House STEM Strategy

NASA and the National Science Foundation are supporting the Trump administration's plan to boost the country's science, technology, engineering and math education. The effort, named Charting a Course for Success: A Federal Strategy for STEM Education, encourages stakeholders, academia and industry to fortify the nation's STEM education and workforce, NASA said Wednesday.

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White House to Release New AI Research Plan in 2019

The Trump administration plans to release a revised version of the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan in the spring, FCW.com reports. Lynne Parker, assistant director of AI at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the plan will detail federal government procedures on tracking the progress of its AI programs, during an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event Tuesday.

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Trump Administration Launches Effort to Bolster U.S. STEM Education, Workforce

The Trump administration has announced a strategy that aims to drive innovation by promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The plan, titled Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education, is intended to keep the U.S. at the top of innovation and economy, the White House said Tuesday.

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Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Mac Thornberry Urge White House to Back $733B DoD Budget for Fiscal 2020

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) have called on the Trump administration to back away from the plan to impose a $33B cut to the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2020. Inhofe and Thornberry, chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary piece posted Thursday that such a move would force DoD to enforce cuts in “areas where most money can be saved quickly—troops, new equipment, training and maintenance—as it did under sequestration in 2013.”
 

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