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By GCN Staff


new agency for veterans in NYC

New NYC agency to help veterans

In an effort to better serve the 220,000 veterans that live in New York City, the City Council voted to establish a New York City Department of Veterans’ Services.

According to the City Council, the department will replace its current Office of Veterans’ Affairs with the new agency that will take on an expanded role as it works with federal, state and local agencies and to inform and assist members of the armed forces, veterans and their families in matters including:

  • Educational training and retraining
  • Health, medical and rehabilitation
  • Special rights and privileges for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.
  • Employment and re-employment services

Mayor Bill de Blasio still needs to sign the bill, but is expected do so. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said lawmakers have earmarked about $330,000 to help start the agency.

At the federal level, multiple efforts are underway to train veterans for cyber and IT careers. GCN's sister publication, FCW, has covered some of the more notably initiatives:

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:46 PM0 comments


Mapping the future of planetary data

Mapping the future of planetary data

NASA is looking to map the future of planetary data.

The information that the space agency collects from its robotic explorations of the solar system is currently stored as archived data products in the Planetary Data System.  In order to maximize the usefulness for researchers, NASA is seeking information to help it develop a roadmap for the data and sample management architecture that supports PDS.

The RFI seeks input and possibly answers to these questions:

  • What tools, resources, workflows, tutorials and interfaces will future users expect or require?
  • How can the interaction between the PDS and data providers (missions and individual researchers) be improved in order to make the archiving process seamless and less costly (to both data providers and the PDS)?
  • What role should the PDS play, relative to other archiving alternatives (including scientific journals), in providing the public access to the data that is the product of NASA’s funded research and the basis of published scientific studies?
  • What is the highest priority need for integration between PDS data products and data products from NASA’s other data archives?
  • What role should the PDS play in encouraging the development of higher-order data products and ensuring archive quality is quickly achieved?
  • Are there identifiable improvements to the current search capabilities of the PDS that would allow researchers improved access to data products and metadata?

All responses must be submitted by Dec. 5.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:51 AM0 comments


Congressional app challenge kicks off for student submissions

Congressional App Challenge kicks off for student submissions

The 2015 Congressional App Challenge launched Nov. 9, offering high school students the opportunity to create, code and submit original applications in an attempt to enhance student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math programs.

The challenge is co-chaired by Reps. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).  At launch, 116 representatives from 37 states had signed up to host student app contests within their districts.

Each district's contest is hosted on Challenge.gov. Through Jan. 15, students can submit iOS, Android and Windows applications based on original ideas and creations. The judging period runs until Feb. 15, and  winning applications will be featured in the Capitol Building and on the CAC website. 

Congress created the CAC to maintain America competiveness, build future technical talent and encourage innovation in STEM-based and computer science skills. Interested students can visit the contest site to find their congressional district and further rules for submission, and interested congressional offices can still sign up to participate.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM0 comments


Pennsylvania to upgrade criminal record data collection

Pennsylvania to upgrade criminal record data collection

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be able to improve local criminal records information in the state thanks to a grant from the Justice Department.

With the over $814,000 in grant funds, PCCD will purchase Live Scan Plus devices for six counties and 10 Pennsylvania State Police substations to improve the accuracy of information in criminal records databases. With the devices, officers can electronically collect fingerprints, photographs and other data during the booking process and immediately upload that information to state and federal systems.

Additionally, some of the grant funding will be used to streamline the process for the electronic processing of Protection from Abuse Orders and enhance the electronic submission of PFAs into the National Crime Information Center.

Posted on Nov 09, 2015 at 8:59 AM0 comments


DHS makes more investments in automotive cyber research

DHS makes more investments in automotive cyber research

The Department of Homeland Security continues to fund research into automotive cyber security, with new grants announced for the University of Michigan and HRL Laboratories.

The Michigan team was awarded $1.2 million to develop a method for convenient, safe and reliable over-the-air updates for government and privately owned vehicles, with the goal of creating a comprehensive industry standard that includes design specs, reference source code and best practices for integration, testing and deployment.

HRL Laboratories will receive $2.5 million to design a system to detect cyber-physical inconsistencies that would provide an early warning in case of an attack.

On Oct. 20, DHS announced funding to researchers at New York University to design, build and demonstrate deployment of a practical secure update system for automobiles.

Posted on Nov 03, 2015 at 11:27 AM0 comments