Posts from GovConDaily for 11/23/2016

November 23 Market Close: GovCon Index Inches to New Record Close, US Stocks Flat After Fed Minutes

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index extended its current stretch of gains to a fifth straight session Wednesday and a second consecutive all-time record close to stay on track for a third straight weekly rise in a shortened trading week…
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University of California Berkeley Makes Cyber Suggestions for Trump Administration

The University of California, Berkeley center has recommended president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team team up with Silicon Valley in a push to bolster the U.S.’ cyber workforce, USA Today reported Friday…
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Terry Halvorsen: DoD to Test New Multi-factor Authentication Mechanisms After Christmas

The Defense Department plans to launch pilot programs to test new authentication mechanisms after the Christmas holiday as part of efforts to eliminate the need for common access cards within two years, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday…
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Raytheon, U-Mass Center Receive Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Grant

Raytheon and the University of Massachusetts’ Lowell Nanomanufacturing Center have received a $1.9 million grant to further develop a flexible electronics manufacturing process, The Lowell Sun reported Tuesday…
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Supreme Court Approves DOJ Search Warrant Rule Amendment to Support Botnet Investigations

The Supreme Court has approved the Justice Department‘s proposed amendment that will help investigators streamline search warrant applications and dismantle botnet operations. Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general at DOJ’s criminal division, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday the amendment to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure on search warrants will take effect on Dec…
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CBO: NOAA Effort to Capture Coronal Mass Ejections Would Cost $182M Through 2021

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s future effort to capture imagery of coronal mass ejections would cost $182 million from 2017 to 2021…
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Arati Prabhakar: DARPA Aims to Leverage Space Domain Through Experimental Spaceplane Program, Robotics

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has said DARPA has launched programs that seek to make the space environment a “real-time operational domain” in support of military missions, intelligence and other national security efforts, DoD News reported Tuesday…
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Helius to Extend Chronic Balance Deficit Treatment Test, Development Work

A Helius Medical Technologies division will continue to test and develop its chronic balance deficit treatment under the extended sole-source contract from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command…
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GAO Asks NNSA to Establish Program Mgmt, Training Standards

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the National Nuclear Security Administration develop new standards for program management functions and a training program for program managers. GAO said Monday it found a lack of policies for responsibility assignment, authority delegation and required competence for program managers, as well as a lack of training programs…
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OPM’s Beth Cobert Announces Moratorium on Qualifications Review Board Case Submissions for Senior Exec Service Appointments

The Office of Personnel Management has implemented a governmentwide suspension on the processing of an agency’s Qualifications Review Board cases for Senior Executive Service appointments once the agency chief resigns…
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