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Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:40:34 -0500


GSA Uses Final Weeks Under Obama to Advance Shared Services, Category Management

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:40:34 -0500

A new vision of standardized business processes would endure 10 years.

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The Extreme Hazing of the Most Expensive Telescope NASA Has Ever Built

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:39:22 -0500

The James Webb Space Telescope, $8.8 billion and 20 years in the making, is undergoing rigorous testing to make sure it can survive launch.A clean tent protects Webb when engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland transport the next generation space telescope out of the relatively dust-free cleanroom and into the shirtsleeve environment of test areas.

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Will Donald Trump Dismantle the Internet as We Know It?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:57:10 -0500

Open-web advocates are preparing for a renewed policy war as net neutrality’s future remains uncertain.

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‘Catastrophic’ Power Outage Nearly Destroyed MSPB’s Electronic Records System

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:47:15 -0500

A newly released report shows how devastating a June 2015 incident was to the Merit System Protection Board.

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Is the White House Hiding Secrets About Russia's Role in the Election?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:40:33 -0500

Seven senators have asked President Obama to declassify additional information about the Kremlin’s possible involvement.

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NASA Is Offering $30K to the Person Who Solves Its Space Poop Problem

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:01:03 -0500

Space travel presents scientists with seemingly infinite challenges.

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Twitter Says It Will Ban Trump If He Breaks Hate Speech Rules

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:39:20 -0500

The social network is facing what may be the world's most powerful troll: the U.S. president.

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NASA Is Engineering Calorie-Dense Food Bars to Feed Astronauts Bound for Mars

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:30:31 -0500

These aren’t your kitchen cabinet granola bars.

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Will the Department of Defense Invest in People or Technology?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:16:11 -0500

The Trump administration will determine the future of the Third Offset, a plan for ensuring the long-term competitive advantage of the U.S. armed forces.An Air Force officer completes a flight in the first newly upgraded operational B1-B Lancer Jan. 21, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

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How Much Should Air Traffic Controllers Trust New Flight Management Systems?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:12:14 -0500

The FAA's NextGen system should bring safety and efficiency to American air travel, but its users need to understand it clearly.

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Thousands of Immigrant Green Cards Have ‘Gone Missing,’ Watchdog Finds

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:59:17 -0500

A Homeland Security agency’s long-troubled program to automate benefits processing has worsened, auditors say.

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What a Trump Presidency Means for NASA and the Future of Space Exploration

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:08:25 -0500

A scientific mission doesn't make NASA immune to the politics of presidential transitions.

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A Visit to Treasury’s DATA Act Nerve Center

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:21:38 -0500

Spending transparency is just the first step—the real reward is in measuring program outcomes.U.S. Treasury Department headquarters.

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Donald Trump Tweeted Himself Into the White House

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:52:35 -0500

What can future politicians learn from the president-elect's social media presence while on the campaign trail?

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Data Coalition Sees Trump Win as a Call for More Open Government

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:00:08 -0500

The nonprofit transparency alliance issues an agenda for 2017.

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NOAA Rebuts Famed Critic of National Weather Service

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:02:02 -0500

University meteorologist calls agency equipment and models obsolete.Media viewed the GOES-R weather satellite at Astrotech in Titusville, Florida, in September. The launch has been delayed until Spring 2017.

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The NSA Chief Has A Phone For Top-Secret Messaging. Here’s How It Works

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:55:37 -0400

The Boeing device is less a phone and more a locked-down portal to a faraway server.

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White House Lays Out Digital Tools for Presidential Transition

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:43:38 -0400

Obama commits to social media sharing finale before January departure.

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Here’s How the Pentagon Wants to Use Social Media On the Battlefield

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:00:51 -0400

Artificial intelligence will weave open-source and satellite data into useful intelligence in real time, the Pentagon’s No. 2 says.A U.S. Marine pilot uses a tablet during an urban close air support exercise in Yodaville, Ariz., Sept. 30, 2016.

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The Air Force Doesn’t Know How to Test Its Future Robotic Wingmen

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:22 -0400

How do you surprise a drone that can revise its strategy hundreds of times in an eyeblink?The U.S. military is trying to figure out how best to test unmanned combat vehicles like the Navy's X-47B.

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Timing Glitch in DATA Act Makes It Impossible for IGs to Meet Reporting Deadline

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:58:38 -0400

Agencies won't have spending reports ready until 2017, so watchdogs get extension on reviewing those reports.Justice IG Michael Horowitz notified lawmakers that IGs will not be able to deliver their first reports on time.

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IRS Dropped $12M on an Email System That It Couldn’t Use

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:27:17 -0400

Inspector general faults procurement process for multi-year cloud subscriptions that didn’t work with the agency’s IT setup.

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The Apps They Carried: Software, Big Data, and the Fight for Mosul

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:43:05 -0400

A variety of digital tech tools aim to provide coalition forces some sense of the dangers around the next bend.A soldier from the 1st Battalion of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces takes part in during a training exercise to prepare for the operation to re-take Mosul from Islamic State militants in August.

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