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  • Federal Communications Commission to Vote on designating Boston and Raleigh as Newest FCC Innovation Zones

    Federal Communications Commission to Vote on designating Boston and Raleigh as Newest FCC Innovation Zones | site |



    Boston and Raleigh Would Join New York City and Salt Lake City as Innovation and Research Test Beds for Advanced Wireless Technologies Like 5G and Open RAN


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) press release dated: July 14, 2021) Washington, July 14, 2021—FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today proposed establishing Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts as innovation zones to allow for advanced wireless communications and network innovation and research. These designations would, among other positive impacts, help spur the development and integration of 5G network technologies and open radio access networks, or Open RAN. Innovation zones are FCC-designated, city-scale test beds managed by the National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research. If a...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Applauds Senate Bipartisan Passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Applauds Senate Bipartisan Passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: June 8, 2021) Following the 68-32 bipartisan passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 in the Senate, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement: “Over the past three months, I have heard from dozens of stakeholders at every level of the semiconductor supply chain and customer base that we need smart, strategic investments to shore up our domestic supply chain and bolster U.S. leadership — and we need them now. “Today, the Senate took a critical bipartisan step forward to make the investments we need to continue America’s legacy as a global leader in innovation. I applaud the Senators from both parties who came together to get this done. This funding isn’t just about addressing the c...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients

    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients | site |



    Nineteen U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 to research and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington - – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that 19 U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I awards stemming from the Fiscal Year 2021 Phase I Solicitation announced earlier this year. Each year, the SBIR Program awards contracts to small businesses across the country to spur research and commercialization of innovative transportation technologies. A full list of this year’s Phase I awardees is available here. From coast to coast, small busin...
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  • FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation

    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation

    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the appointment of Zunera Mazhar as Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Innovation. Ms. Mazhar will guide the agency’s work to promote the adoption of innovative technologies within the FDIC and across the financial services sector. “I am extremely excited that Zunera will be joining our team,” said FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji. “She is a proven leader and offers a wealth of management, communications, technology and transformation experience to help build the banking ecosystem of the future.” Ms. Mazhar added, “It is an honor and privilege to join the FDIC at this transformative moment in the agency’s long and storied history. I look forward to joining a talented ...
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  • FDiTech to Host Virtual - - - Office Hours - - - on Banking-Related Innovation

    FDiTech to Host Virtual - - - Office Hours - - - on Banking-Related Innovation

    FDiTech to Host Virtual “Office Hours” on Banking-Related Innovation | site |


    Initial sessions to focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation press release dated: April 29, 2021)

    Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced that it will host a series of virtual ‘office hours’ to hear directly from a range of stakeholders regarding current and evolving technological innovations in the business of banking.

    Hosted by the FDIC’s tech lab, FDiTech, and FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji, these hour-long, one-on-one sessions will provide insight into the important role innovation plays in transforming banks and enabling regulators to conduct efficient and effective oversight. “Thoughtful innovation requires listening,” said FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji. “These virtual office hour
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  • U.S. Treasury Department Holds Financial Sector Innovation Policy Roundtable

    U.S. Treasury Department Holds Financial Sector Innovation Policy Roundtable

    U.S. Treasury Department Holds Financial Sector Innovation Policy Roundtable | site |



    Public-Private Forum Focused on Technology Solutions to Protect the Integrity of the U.S. Financial System


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: February 10, 2021) Washington - - The United States Department of the Treasury hosted its inaugural U.S. Financial Sector Innovation Policy Roundtable on February 9 and 10. The Roundtable brought together policymakers and regulators with experts from the private sector to exchange views for collaborating on policy issues and innovative technologies that support global financial integrity, while fostering economic recovery, competitiveness, and financial inclusion. At the event, participants focused on how innovations like interoperable, privacy-preserving digital identity solutions, and more effective anti-money laundering and anti-fraud mechanisms, can provide...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Research Topics for Upcoming Small Business Innovation Research Program Solicitation

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Research Topics for Upcoming Small Business Innovation Research Program Solicitation | site |


    Six Department Operating Administrations are expected to issue a total of 13 topics for this year’s SBIR Solicitation, totaling $1.9 million


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (the Department) has issued its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Fiscal Year 2021 pre-solicitation to provide a preview of the 13 topics expected to be featured in this year’s solicitation. The pre-solicitation also includes an opportunity to submit questions via the Department’s SBIR Q&A website. Information on the proposed topics and how to participate in the Q&A can be found here. “Small businesses are responsible for two-thirds of net new jobs created in America; this small busin
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New Funding to Accelerate Education Innovation and Empower Teachers with Professional Development Options

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New Funding to Accelerate Education Innovation and Empower Teachers with Professional Development Options | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: December 15, 2020)

    Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $185 million in new grant funding for 28 school districts, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations across the United States as part of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. These new grant awards will accelerate locally-driven innovation and improve academic achievement for high-needs students around the country. This year's funding supports a new, groundbreaking effort to empower teachers to personalize their professional development, rather than have it imposed on them by their state or school district. More than $72 million in new funding will help develop systems to enable teachers to select p
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces Office Focused on Innovation and Financial Technology

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces Office Focused on Innovation and Financial Technology | site |


    FinHub Specialized Unit to Become Stand-Alone Office


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: December 3, 2020) Washington D.C., Dec. 3, 2020 — - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that the SEC's Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology, commonly referred to as FinHub, will become a stand-alone office. Valerie A. Szczepanik will continue to lead FinHub as its first director and will report directly to the SEC Chairman. Established within the Division of Corporation Finance in 2018, FinHub has spearheaded agency efforts to encourage responsible innovation in the financial sector, including in evolving areas such as distributed ledger technology and digital assets, automated investment advice, digital marketplace financing, and artificial intellig...
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  • GSA says Government Gains Industry’s Best, Brightest with 34 New Presidential Innovation Fellows

    U.S. General Services Administration says Government Gains Industry’s Best, Brightest with 34 New Presidential Innovation Fellows | site |



    2021 PIF Cohort will work on 26 projects across 22 agencies governmentwide


    (October 19, 2020) - - Today, October 19, 2020, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration’s Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) today announced its 2021 cohort. This new class of Fellows includes 34 technology and industry leaders who are beginning a year-long “tour of duty” in the federal government, creating innovative solutions to issues of national priority alongside 22 federal agency partners. Since 2012, PIF has recruited some of industry’s most renowned technologists into the federal government, and this year is no different, including leaders across data science, software engineering, product, design, ent
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  • HHS, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Announce 25 Million Dollars “LymeX” Innovation Accelerator

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation Announce $25 Million “LymeX” Innovation Accelerator – Largest Lyme Public-Private Partnership in History| site |


    (October 10, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published today, October 10, 2020, the following information:

    Today, at the virtual LymeMIND conference, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation announced a new $25 million-dollar, public-private partnership — the LymeX Innovation Accelerator (LymeX). This is the largest Lyme disease public-private partnership in history. This partnership will be a force multiplier to expedite progress and catalyze change faster than government or other sectors can do on their own.

    Our LymeX mission is to strategically advance Lyme and tickborne disease solutions in direct collaboration with Lyme patients, patient advocates, and
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  • USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award

    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award

    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award | site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management(OPM) announces that their Human Resources Solutions’ USA Staffing® Onboarding platform is the winner of the 2020 Igniting Innovation Awards, hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). The awards recognize groundbreaking technologies that enhance services for citizens and government operations. USA Staffing Onboarding won with 68% of the vote. “I am very proud of the OPM employees on USA Staffing’s onboarding team. Their hard work and dedication are a great credit to the agency. USA Staffing Onboarding is a leading example of OPM’s ongoing efforts to help Federal agencies work efficiently to better serve the American people,” said OPM Acting Dire
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  • World Health Organization Director-General's Opening Remarks at Research and Innovation Forum on Novel Coronavirus 2019

    World Health Organization Director-General's Opening Remarks at Research and Innovation Forum on Novel Coronavirus 2019 | site |



    Geneva, Switzerland - - (February 11, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following opening remarks made by its Director-General at the Research and Innovation Forum on Novel Coronavirus 2019: Good morning everybody. First of all, I would like to wish you all a very warm welcome to Geneva and to WHO for this very important meeting. A very special thanks to our chairs, especially Marie-Paule Kieny, Jeremy Farrar, Nisia Lima and my brother Chikwe. And I would like to welcome everyone who is joining us virtually, especially our sisters and brothers in China. We’re really sorry you can’t be with us today. We want you to know that we stand with you in solidarity, and we wish you courage, patience, success and good health in these extremely trying circumstances. It’s hard to believe that just two months ago, ...
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  • World Health Organization announces Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus Emergency

    World Health Organization announces Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Emergency| site |



    (February 11 - 12, 2020) - - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Emergency. The following (published by the WHO) is a brief description of the forum:

    The forum, to be held 11-12 February in Geneva, is organized in collaboration with the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLOPID-R), and brings together key players including leading scientists as well as public health agencies, ministries of health and research funders pursuing 2019-nCoV critical research and the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, among other innovations.


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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Series of "Fintech Innovation Office Hours" across the Country to Meet with Banks and Companies engaged in Emerging Financial Technologies

    Federal Reserve Board announces Series of "Fintech Innovation Office Hours" across the Country to Meet with Banks and Companies engaged in Emerging Financial Technologies | site |



    (December 17, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced that it will hold a series of "fintech innovation office hours" across the country to meet with banks and companies engaged in emerging financial technologies, popularly known as fintech. The sessions will serve as a resource for banks and fintech firms to meet one-on-one with Federal Reserve staff members with relevant expertise to discuss fintech developments and ask questions. They may be particularly helpful to community banks and their potential fintech partners. Sessions will be co-hosted with Reserve Banks, with the first session at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on February 26. Firms interested in participa...
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    Federal Communications Commission to Vote on designating Boston and Raleigh as Newest FCC Innovation Zones
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    Federal Communications Commission to Vote on designating Boston and Raleigh as Newest FCC Innovation Zones | site |



    Boston and Raleigh Would Join New York City and Salt Lake City as Innovation and Research Test Beds for Advanced Wireless Technologies Like 5G and Open RAN


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) press release dated: July 14, 2021) Washington, July 14, 2021—FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today proposed establishing Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts as innovation zones to allow for advanced wireless communications and network innovation and research. These designations would, among other positive impacts, help spur the development and integration of 5G network technologies and open radio access networks, or Open RAN. Innovation zones are FCC-designated, city-scale test beds managed by the National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research. If a...
    07-14-2021, 08:47 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Applauds Senate Bipartisan Passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act
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    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Applauds Senate Bipartisan Passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: June 8, 2021) Following the 68-32 bipartisan passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 in the Senate, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement: “Over the past three months, I have heard from dozens of stakeholders at every level of the semiconductor supply chain and customer base that we need smart, strategic investments to shore up our domestic supply chain and bolster U.S. leadership — and we need them now. “Today, the Senate took a critical bipartisan step forward to make the investments we need to continue America’s legacy as a global leader in innovation. I applaud the Senators from both parties who came together to get this done. This funding isn’t just about addressing the c...
    06-12-2021, 02:50 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients | site |



    Nineteen U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 to research and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington - – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that 19 U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I awards stemming from the Fiscal Year 2021 Phase I Solicitation announced earlier this year. Each year, the SBIR Program awards contracts to small businesses across the country to spur research and commercialization of innovative transportation technologies. A full list of this year’s Phase I awardees is available here. From coast to coast, small busin...
    05-14-2021, 02:53 AM
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    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation
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    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the appointment of Zunera Mazhar as Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Innovation. Ms. Mazhar will guide the agency’s work to promote the adoption of innovative technologies within the FDIC and across the financial services sector. “I am extremely excited that Zunera will be joining our team,” said FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji. “She is a proven leader and offers a wealth of management, communications, technology and transformation experience to help build the banking ecosystem of the future.” Ms. Mazhar added, “It is an honor and privilege to join the FDIC at this transformative moment in the agency’s long and storied history. I look forward to joining a talented ...
    05-11-2021, 11:53 PM
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    FDiTech to Host Virtual - - - Office Hours - - - on Banking-Related Innovation
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    FDiTech to Host Virtual “Office Hours” on Banking-Related Innovation | site |


    Initial sessions to focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation press release dated: April 29, 2021)

    Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced that it will host a series of virtual ‘office hours’ to hear directly from a range of stakeholders regarding current and evolving technological innovations in the business of banking.

    Hosted by the FDIC’s tech lab, FDiTech, and FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji, these hour-long, one-on-one sessions will provide insight into the important role innovation plays in transforming banks and enabling regulators to conduct efficient and effective oversight. “Thoughtful innovation requires listening,” said FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji. “These virtual office hour
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    05-07-2021, 03:04 AM

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