Sliced Genes are the Hottest Thing Since... Sliced Bread

NIH-supported gene-editing technology, CRISPR, is getting a lot of love and attention for its groundbreaking capability to slice--and edit--DNA. Heralded as last year's breakthrough technology, it has life-changing impacts forhumans to animals and beyond where one day we could turn genes on and off like a light switch. And, as one might expect, there are CRISPR opponents and also legal hullabaloo surrounding who owns CRISPR. Regardless, this is one to watch

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Federal Considering All You Can Eat Mobile?

Federal News reports on new rules coming for how federal agencies procure mobile services, which currently range between $21 for low end plans to over $120 for all you can eat plans. How it will shake out remains to be seen, but with agencies increasingly looking at how to embrace mobile apps for internal productivity (and external engagement), a bend toward unlimited services would be ideal. 

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The Federal IT COST Commission

A new government and industry task force is setting out to tackle how agencies understand and qualify their IT spend. The Federal IT Cost, Opportunity, Strategy and Transparency (COST) Commission is developing a taxonomy to help agencies map and report their costs. The biggest hurdle lies in setting KPIs to measure against. Transportation, Interior and Agriculture departments are helping establish this new cost taxonomy, so it'll be interesting to see what unfolds in March, when it's expected to be completed.

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One Degree of Separation Between You and NIH

A $2 billion boost in the NIH's budget will have a more positive impact on you and your health than you may realize. The increase will be a springboard for further research and outcomes in pharmaceuticals, infectious disease vaccines and even keeping your pets healthy. The additional funding will also help the scientific and clinical community retain the talent needed to help drive medical and research innovation. If this recent post from the director on NIH 2015 breakthroughs is any glimpse into 2016, keep an eye out for new medications, vaccines and research that may affect you sooner than one might think.

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Veterans Bring Good Skills With Them as Employees

Having worked with many accomplished veterans across Federal agency healthcare and IT projects, we know firsthand their valuable contributions. Now, thanks to the many Fortune 500s, as well as organizations like VetsinTech, successfully helping our service men and women transition to civilian jobs, the unemployment rate for veterans has reached record lows at 5.3% (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

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