Despite the government shutdown, federal agencies are still forging a path toward innovation. The U.S. Postal Service plans to enhance its supercomputer activities and the Smithsonian is enhancing public access to its data. Of course, we could not ignore the news of the shutdown’s impact on the VA and the postponement of the GEOINT Symposium. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Supercomputing Upgrade to Improve Big Data at Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service is expanding its already formidable high-density supercomputing capabilities, now used primarily for fraud detection, to improve efficiency and competitiveness.
DoD’s Next-Generation Classified Cloud
DISA plans to develop interoperable cloud-based networks and services that will deliver secure voice, data, and intelligence where and when they are needed.
Army Looks to Consolidate Electronic and Cyber Operations
The U.S. Army plans to improve the capabilities of cyber operations, electronic warfare. and electromagnetic spectrum network operations by encouraging collaboration among them.
Smithsonian Boosts Network, Tools to Meet Increasing Digital Demands
The Smithsonian Institution plans to change the way the public accesses the more than 400 terabytes of data in its collection.
NASA’s Space Gliders and the DIY Satellite Revolution
NASA wants to use unmanned, autonomous gliders to send small, low-cost satellites into orbit.
VA to Furlough 7,000 Employees, Close Regional Offices
Due to the government shutdown, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ regional offices will be closed, as furloughs of 7,000 employees of the Veterans Benefits Administration began last week.
GEOINT 2013 Cancelled: Government Shutdown Fallout Continues
For the first time in 10 years, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) will not host the premier event for the Intelligence Community, the GEOINT Symposium.