FedScoop http://fedscoop.com Federal technology news and events Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:14:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FedWire: FraudNet, open Internet rules and human path to Mars http://fedscoop.com/fedwire-fraudnet-open-internet-rules-and-human-path-to-mars/ http://fedscoop.com/fedwire-fraudnet-open-internet-rules-and-human-path-to-mars/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:04 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57882 FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

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FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of nFedWireews and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

The 411 on GAO’s FraudNet.

Forum to showcase human path to Mars.

ATF releases international firearms trace data for 2013.

Setting record straight on FCC’s open Internet rules.

RDECOM facilitates tech discussions at Alaskan exercise.

Making graphene work for real-world devices.

NASA introduces the new open innovation team.

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Performers announced for 2014 National Memorial Day Concert http://fedscoop.com/performers-announced-2014-national-memorial-day-concert/ http://fedscoop.com/performers-announced-2014-national-memorial-day-concert/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:11:05 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57863 Find out who will take the stage to kick off summer and celebrate America's military.

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Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary of the live broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The program airs May 25, 2014, from 8-9:30 p.m. (PRNewsFoto/Capital Concerts)

Stars from Broadway, television and country music will take the stage this summer to celebrate America’s military heroes and mark the 25th anniversary of the National Memorial Day Concert.

PBS, which will broadcast the event live from Washington, announced this morning the all-start lineup of performers and guests that includes: American leader Colin Powell; two-time Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; country music sensation and “The Voice”  2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Grammy Award-winning music and TV legend Doc Severinsen; and world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns. 

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise will return as co-hosts for the ninth year. 

The concert will feature a special welcome home tribute for Afghanistan veterans, and recall the D-Day invasion of Normandy on its 70th anniversary.

Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, the Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

The concert is scheduled for May 25 on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

 

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FAA’s John Dobriansky on Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration http://fedscoop.com/faas-john-dobriansky-unmanned-aircraft-systems-integration/ http://fedscoop.com/faas-john-dobriansky-unmanned-aircraft-systems-integration/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:12 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=56994 John Dobriansky, executive adviser at the Federal Aviation Administration, talks with FedScoopTV about Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration and best practices.

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John Dobriansky, executive adviser at the Federal Aviation Administration, talks with FedScoopTV about Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration and best practices.

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Hagel gets glimpse into future of DARPA tech http://fedscoop.com/hagel-gets-glimpse-future-darpa-technology/ http://fedscoop.com/hagel-gets-glimpse-future-darpa-technology/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:54 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57853 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel checked out some of the latest technology coming out the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at a special event Tuesday.

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DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talk about the latest updates on technologies coming out of DARPA. (Photo: DOD)

DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talk about the latest updates on technologies coming out of DARPA. (Photo: DOD)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel checked out some of the latest technology coming out the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at a special event Tuesday.

In the secretary’s conference room, Arati Prabhakar, director of DARPA, provided Hagel with a demonstration of the agencies’ prosthetic technology advancements. Fred Downs Jr., a veteran who lost his arm while serving in Vietnam, demonstrated how he was able to control his prosthetic arm, which he said took only a few hours to learn.

“Through a combination of foot movements, he’s able to control the elbow, wrist and fingers in a variety of movements, including the ‘thumbs-up’ sign he gave Hagel,” according to a Defense Department release.

The arm is designed to mimic the shape, size and weight of a human arm. Because it’s modular, it can replace a lost hard, lower arm or complete arm.

This type of technology would have a major impact on the lives of injured troops, Hagel said.

“This is transformational,” he added. “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Another impressive piece of technology was a prosthetic arm and hand that respond to brain impulses. Matt Johannes, an engineer from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, demonstrated how users can control the equipment with their thoughts by using a sensor implanted in the brain.

The next step in this technology is placing sensors in the fingers that can send sensations back to the brain. The tactile feedback system should be operational in a few months, according to Dr. Justin Sanchez, a program manager at DARPA who works with prosthetics and brain-related technology.

“People said it would be 50 years before we saw this technology in humans,” Sanchez said. “We did it in a few years.”

Hagel also got to check out an overview of DARPA’s Robotic Challenge, a competition to develop a robot for rescue-and-disaster response, inspired by the devastation following the nuclear accident in Japan in March 2011.

The last three technologies were demonstrated behind closed doors, but according to a defense official speaking on background, Hagel was briefed on three other DARPA programs:

  • Plan X, a foundational cyber-warfare program to develop platforms for DOD to plan for, conduct and assess cyber-warfare in a manner similar to kinetic warfare
  • Persistent close air support, a system which will, among other things, link up joint tactical air controllers with close air support aircraft using commercially available tablets;
  • A long-range anti-ship missile, planned to reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. The program also focuses on innovative terminal survivability approaches and precision lethality in the face of advanced countermeasures.

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Six red FDA projects on IT Dashboard exceed $195 million http://fedscoop.com/six-red-fda-projects-dashboard-exceed-195-million/ http://fedscoop.com/six-red-fda-projects-dashboard-exceed-195-million/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:14:02 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57828 The Food and Drug Administration has six red projects on the IT Dashboard, totaling up to more than $195 million.

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The Food and Drug Administration has a half-dozen red projects on the federal IT Dashboard, meaning they rate 1 out of 5 — the lowest score possible – which may indicate a larger accountability problem with federal IT spending.

The six projects — Collaboration Tools, Customer Support, Enterprise IT Software Licenses, IT Infrastructure and Data Center Management, CDER Drug Data Management and CDER Pharmaceutical Quality and Pharmacovigilance — total more than $195 million.

Rob Foster, deputy CIO at the Department of Health and Human Services, said because of the way the ratings are created, one minor missing component can be the result of low scores on six projects that are all new, save one.

“The IT Dashboard has an algorithm; if one beta element is missing, it can reduce the score,” he told FedScoop.

Dave Powner, director of IT management issues at the Government Accountability Office, agreed, saying something like an incorrectly defined requirement can lower the rating.

HHS is aware of the issue. The Capital Planning Investment Control is sitting down with program managers responsible for these programs, according to Foster.

Because the six projects are relatively new, it’s very important to figure out the root cause of the red rating, Powner said.

Statistically speaking, across the IT Dashboard HHS has more than one-third of the red projects. FDA is responsible for 14 percent of those 42 red projects.

However, the findings of the Dashboard can be deceiving, according to Powner.

“When you look across the board, only eight out of 27 agencies have projects with a red rating,” he said. “There are 760 major investments on the Dashboard, and 42 that are red; are some agencies just being more honest than others?”

Which, inherently, is the problem with the IT Dashboard.

“We need to improve the reliability and accuracy of the Dashboard,” Powner said. “And OMB needs to do more with that area.”

All departments have their individual systems for how they score their projects, and each agency has a specific process of questioning and rating. Foster equated that process to how teachers have their own way of grading.

“Does every teacher grade the same?” he asked.

Powner said some CIOs use the Dashboard as a warning signal. If they are not getting the information on the project, they will give it a red rating. In that sense, CIOs are using the Dashboard as a warning to various sectors/divisions/projects in their respective agencies that they need to provide the data, he said.

GAO has been working on this front, making sure agencies are reporting accurate data, and have submitted five reports to Congress on the state of the Dashboard.

A report from early January 2014 titled, “Agencies Are Managing Investment Risk, but Related Ratings Need to Be More Accurate and Available” found that delays in updating the Dashboard and the way investment performance was tracked resulted in inconsistencies.

There is a hearing in May on this very topic, according to Powner.

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FedWire: New air and space exhibit, DARPA tech, and green schools http://fedscoop.com/fedwire-new-air-and-space-exhibit-darpa-tech-and-green-schools/ http://fedscoop.com/fedwire-new-air-and-space-exhibit-darpa-tech-and-green-schools/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:00:39 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57819 FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

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Hubble instruments highlight new air and space exhibit.

DARPA officials show tech under development.

Recognizing green schools on Earth Day.

Air Force secretary’s first 100 days in office.

JGSDF showcases latest air-defense systems.

ONR researchers explore a changing Arctic.

White House tools you can use.

Army’s cyber-electromagnetic branch.

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‘Pictures of the Year’ exhibit returns to the Newseum http://fedscoop.com/pictures-year-exhibit-returns-newseum/ http://fedscoop.com/pictures-year-exhibit-returns-newseum/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:12:04 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57818 See the most dramatic, award-winning photos from news events across the world this weekend at the Newsuem.

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African migrants crowd the moonlit Djibouti shore trying to capture cell phone signals from neighboring Somalia to contact relatives abroad. "Signal", which will be on display at the Newsuem,  won first place in the Feature category in Pictures of the Year International, one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world. Credit: John Stanmeyer, Freelance (PRNewsFoto/Newseum )

African migrants crowd the moonlit Djibouti shore trying to capture cellphone signals from neighboring Somalia to contact relatives abroad. “Signal”, which will be on display at the Newsuem, won first place in the Feature category in Pictures of the Year International, one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world. Credit: John Stanmeyer, Freelance (PRNewsFoto/Newseum )

Log out of Instagram. You will find the world’s best photos on display this weekend at the Newseum.

In an exclusive showing debuting Saturday, the museum will feature the “Pictures of the Year” exhibit, featuring a collection of the award-winning news photos taken in 2013. The images will be selected from those honored by Pictures of the Year International, one of the most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world.

“The return of ‘Pictures of the Year’ is testament to our commitment to showcasing the very best of photojournalism at the Newseum,” said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “These images remind us of the extraordinary power that photographs have to spark wonder, spur action and ignite change in the world.”

Visitors will see dramatic photos from events like the Boston Marathon bombing and light-hearted snapshots from sports and entertainment. The exhibit will be open April 25-Sept. 1, 2014.

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FedScoop documentary on women in STEM hits DC http://fedscoop.com/documentary-women-stem-hits-dc/ http://fedscoop.com/documentary-women-stem-hits-dc/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:35:17 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57811 FedScoop will premiere its first mini-documentary tomorrow during an invitation-only screening at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. Get an exclusive preview today.

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FedScoop will premiere its first mini-documentary tomorrow during an invitation-only screening at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

The documentary, “Tenacity,” runs 15 minutes and explores the challenges and triumphs women have experienced in the workplace, focusing particularly on leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, known as STEM.

“I’m thrilled to unveil our first-ever FedScoop mini-documentary on such an important topic,” said Goldy Kamali, CEO of FedScoop. “This is journalism that will make a difference in our community by raising awareness of the very real challenges women overcome in business and industry, and will show young women that anything is possible.”

The screening of the documentary will be followed by a panel discussion, and the video will air publicly April 25 on fedscoop.com.

“The experiences that these women and other commentators shared with us were truly eye opening,” said FedScoop national security reporter Dan Verton, who co-produced the documentary with FedScoop technology reporter Colby Hochmuth. “I was struck by the messaging we send to our nation’s young women. Although women have accomplished a lot in the workplace, the fight to even the playing field, particularly in technical careers and senior leadership positions, is far from over.”

“I hope that everyone who watches the film gets the same experience out of it as Dan and I did while making it: being truly inspired,” Hochmuth said. “There are so many women doing amazing things in the tech field today, and I hope this will serve as a call to action for both men and women everywhere to recognize the work left to be done.”

“Tenacity” features in-depth interviews with some of the top women leaders from government and industry, including:

  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., U.S. House of Representatives;
  • Ellen McCarthy, chief operating officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency;
  • Stephanie Hill, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions – Civil;
  • Maria Horton, former CIO at the National Naval Medical Center;
  • Marisa Raether, senior principal consultant, Intuitive.IT; and
  • Alec Ross, former senior innovation adviser for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(Trailer) “Tenacity: Women Redefining Leadership”

Produced, written and edited by: Colby Hochmuth and Dan Verton
Running Time: 15:24
Airs publicly: April 25, fedscoop.com, including extended interview clips.

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NIST’s Dr. Ron Ross on management challenges http://fedscoop.com/nists-dr-ron-ross-management-challenges/ http://fedscoop.com/nists-dr-ron-ross-management-challenges/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:00:08 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57620 Dr. Ron Ross, fellow at NIST, talks with FedScoopTV about some of the management challenges that today's tech trends present.

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Dr. Ron Ross, fellow at NIST, talks with FedScoopTV about some of the management challenges that today’s tech trends present.

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FedWire: Krypton-dating technique, Earth Day and ALIAS http://fedscoop.com/fedwire-krypton-dating-technique-earth-day-and-alias/ http://fedscoop.com/fedwire-krypton-dating-technique-earth-day-and-alias/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:00:34 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/?p=57802 FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

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Mechanical casualty carrier.

How NASA celebrates Earth Day.

How Krypton dating helps date ancient Antarctic ice.

Secret sauce of effective progress reviews.

NIST removes cryptography algorithm from random number generator recommendations.

ALIAS seeks to provide flexible advanced autopilot capabilities.

Getting the incentive auction right.

The White House egg roll:

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