President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes $135.4 billion for research and development. The Defense Department would receive the largest chunk, about $64.4 billion.
More than 2,000 mobile devices that NASA issued to its employees went unused during the final seven months of 2013, the agency's office of inspector general says. The unused devices cost NASA at least $679,000.
An attempt by NASA to centralize seat management and IT services with a private sector contractor has produced low customer satisfaction and a warning by agency auditors that it should re-assess the situation as the contract base period nears its end. NASA in December 2010 awarded HP Enterprise Services an end-user IT equipment and services contract worth up to $2.5 billion over four years, with two three year options.
Many major agencies are getting less than what they wanted for science and technology spending during the fiscal year.
One hundred federal projects, inlcuded space pizza, were included Tuesday in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) annual Wastebook that documents what he calls low-priority spending.
An independent review team chartered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urges the agency to immediately start development of a gap filler satellite to head off the high probability of a gap in polar-orbiting satellite data.
The White House announced Nov. 12 new commitments that add to its list of projects supported by the Obama Administration's $200 million big data initiative, which it launched in March 2012. Among the new collaborations is a partnership with big pharma manufacturers to help enhance clinicaltrials.gov and a partnership with Amazon Web Services to publicly host NASA Earth-observing data.
When it comes to agency information technology management the Office of Management and Budget can mandate things--but that doesn't mean that the agencies will do them.
An interagency team has produced a technology that can detect a human heartbeat buried in rubble. The technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, was developed for search-and-rescue missions by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate together with NASA.
Rather than using radio frequency for communication, NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system uses a pulsed laser beam to transmit data. The system recently broke a bandwidth record by transmitting data 239,000 miles between the Earth and moon at a 622 megabits per second download speed and 20 Mbps upload rate, said NASA in an Oct. 22 announcement. That's five-times the current radio communication capabilities from lunar orbit, according to NASA.