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DOJ CIO Luke McCormack Nominated for Lateral Move to DHS

Luke McCormack, a former chief information officer for the Department of Homeland Security‘s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, has been nominated to return to DHS as its CIO. He held the CIO role at ICE between 2005 and 2012 and has served as the Justice Department‘s CIO for one year, the White House announced Thursday.Read… Read more »

DHS CFO Peggy Sherry Heading to Tax Agency

Peggy Sherry, formerly chief financial officer at the Department of Homeland Security since April 2012, has been appointed deputy commissioner for operations support at the Internal Revenue Service. She will officially start in her new position Nov. 4 and succeed Beth Tucker, who retired from the IRS at the end of last September, the taxRead… Read more »

10K OSD, 2K Southcom Emails Now in DISA’s Cloud

The Defense Information Systems Agency has migrated more than 10,000 staff email accounts in the Office of Secretary of Defense and 2,000 Southern Command users to the agency’s private, cloud-based email system. DISA intends for DOD Enterprise Email to eventually support more than 4.5 million users and the system currently has 1.4 million users, theRead… Read more »

NASA: LADEE Probe’s Laser Hits 622 Mbps of Data Speed

An experimental communication system on board a NASA lunar probe has used laser pulses to send data back to Earth at speeds of up to 622 megabits per second. The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system also works to transmit data at 20 Mbps between a ground station located in New Mexico and the spacecraft inRead… Read more »

Danny Werfel: IRS to Get Late Start on Tax Return Processing

The Internal Revenue Service has delayed the start of 2014 tax filing season as the agency continues to restart and evaluate its processing systems after the government ended its shutdown. Individual tax returns for 2013 will start to be processed sometime between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, the IRS said Tuesday. Nearly 90 percent ofRead… Read more »

GSA Asks Industry for Climate Change Mgmt Ideas

The General Services Administration‘s acquisition management office conducting market research into services meant to help other agencies manage the impact of climate change on their missions. Contractors would provide services to support a federal action plan intended to help identify risks and opportunities associated with the changing climate, the GSA said in a Sept. 26Read… Read more »

Army Researchers, Alcoa Engineers Forge Ground Vehicle Hull R&D Partnership

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Alcoa have teamed up to engineer an aluminum hull for ground combat vehicles with the goal of protecting troops from threats. The team aims to build a single-piece hull that removes welded seams for blast protection and resists damage through increased amount of alloys, Alcoa said Monday. Ray Kilmer,Read… Read more »

Budget Deal Gives Feds 1% Pay Hike

All federal workers are entitled to a 1% salary increase effective January as part of the budget deal that reopened the government and raised the debt limit, Federal Times reported Thursday. Sean Reilly writes it marks the first across-the-board federal pay raise in three years and allows President Barack Obama to implement with his planRead… Read more »

HHS Biodefense Center Acquires Pentagon Tech

The Defense Department has supplied technologies to a national center funded by the Department of Health and Human Services that works to help defend the U.S. against diseases and threats, American Forces Press Service reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes the HHS Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing aims to counter healthRead… Read more »

Army Directorate Asks Contractors for Third-Party ISR System Ideas

The U.S. Army’s intelligence and information warfare directorate is seeking information from potential vendors about third-party intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. An Oct. 1 request for information from the Army Contracting Command outlines the branch’s efforts to seek data on software-defined ISR technologies for the I2WD. The Army wants to learn about potential ground movingRead… Read more »