Congress is advancing on a bill that would make NOAA ensure that weather prediction was a priority capability. In addition, the FCC is looking to modernize its overall IT efforts, while the DoD is making additional moves to the cloud. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Congress to Consider Redirecting $330 Million to Weather Forecasting
In the near future, the U.S. House of Representatives plans to consider a bill that aims to force NOAA to “prioritize” a large number of its financial resources on the improvement and execution of near-term weather prediction.
FCC Seeks $13.5 Million for IT Modernization Effort
The Federal Communications Commission is making a case for $35 million in new funding, including $13.5 million for IT upgrades to enhance compatibility and efficiencies.
DoD Cloud Spending Surge Ahead
Defense Information Systems Agency’s launch of its internal, secure milCloud platform is a sign that the DoD is inching closer to the rest of the government in moving to the cloud.
IRS2Go Surpasses 2.3 Million Downloads
More than 2.3 million people have downloaded the latest version of IRS2Go, or updated an older version, according to the Internal Revenue Service. IRS2Go 4.0 is the latest iteration of the taxpayers’ assistance app, which the IRS introduced in 2011.
Department of Energy to Improve Arms Control Verification Methods
The U.S. Energy Department is exploring new technologies to develop geophysical models for aiding in the confirmation of underground atomic explosions.
New Biotech Office to Integrate Biology Into National Defense
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced the creation of a new Biological Technologies Office to explore the power of biological systems.
Marines Get a YouTube Channel for Training
The Marine Corps Systems Command has hit on a convenient way to help Marines become familiar with their ever-more complicated gear by launching a YouTube channel devoted to training videos and other information.