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DHS, NASA team up to develop 'Holy Grail' of search and rescue

A partnership between the Homeland Security Department and NASA has led to the creation of a new technology called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER).

Tags: DHS , JPL , FINDER , John Price , Jim Lux , Mason Peck , technology , urban search and rescue , FEMA , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 03:55pm EDT
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NASA crash tests polka-dot chopper to study safety

Researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center dropped a helicopter from a height of 30 feet into a bed of soil. They will use the data to create more efficient and safer designs in the future.

Tags: Langley Research Center , Martin Annett , Shefali Kapadia , Federal Drive

Monday - 09/02/2013, 12:59pm EDT
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NASA, industry helped cook up the final RFP for SEWP V

The space agency releases the solicitation for the next version of the $10 billion IT hardware and services contract. Proposals are due in about eight weeks.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , industry , Joanne Woytek , SEWP , SEWP 5 , Multiple award contract , technology , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 03:41pm EDT

NASA brings new attitude to stimulate IT innovation

Sasi Pillay, NASA's chief technology officer, said the IT Labs program wants rapid, low-cost, low-risk projects to improve the space agency's use of technology. NASA is in its third year of the effort, which has produced several potential breakthroughs, including one for RFID and a secure computing environment.

Tags: technology , Sasi Pillay , innovation , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/16/2013, 06:10am EDT
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NASA's Curiosity rover completes first year on Mars

Dr. James Green, NASA's director of planetary sciences, told Federal News Radio that Curiosity is uncovering scientific data that one day may lead to humans living on Mars.

Tags: James Green , science , Mars rover , Mars , Curiosity , In Depth

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 05:57pm EDT
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Deputy NASA administrator Lori Garver stepping down

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is stepping down from the space agency. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced in a note to staff Garver would leave next month to serve as the general manager of the Air Line Pilots Association, where she will oversee day-to-day operations of the largest union for pilots.

Tags: people , Lori Garver , Charles Bolden , John Holdren

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 02:10pm EDT

Final rule sets new categories, factors for evaluating past performance

The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA issued a final rule today amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation. FAR must now include performance rating categories and different factors for past performance evaluations.

Tags: GSA , DoD , CSPAR , Federal Acquisition Regulations , Past performance , acquisition , contracting , industry , Cogan Schneier

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 07:09pm EDT

NASA Glenn restructures IT delivery to focus on mission needs

Randy Humphries, NASA Glenn Research Center's chief information officer, uses his background in project management to improve how technology is delivered to mission areas.

Tags: technology , Randy Humphries , management , I3P , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 02:49pm EDT
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Hiring reforms thriving despite freezes, early outs

In an exclusive Federal News Radio survey, agency chief human capital officers said the hiring reforms instituted by the Obama administration are working. Most respondents said it now takes their agencies 46 to 100 days, on average, to hire new employees. Hiring reforms also have improved diversity at agencies and the ability to bring on more talented employees. At the same time, CHCOs said sequestration is impacting their ability to train and complete HR projects.

Tags: CHCO , CHCO Council , CXO Surveys , Jeri Buchholz , hiring reform , hiring freeze , buyouts , sequestration , Jason Miller , In Depth , Francis Rose , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 06:08am EDT
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