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Lockheed Secures $2.3B NASA Contract to Develop NOAA GeoXO Weather Satellite Constellation

GovCon Wire

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a potential $2.27 billion contract from NASA to build a constellation of Geostationary Extended Observations weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NASA said Tuesday the cost-plus-award-fee contract includes the development of three GeoXO weather satellites with options for four additional spacecraft.

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Fine-tuning an LLM using QLoRA in AWS GovCloud (US)

AWS Public Sector

Introduction Government agencies are increasingly using large language models (LLMs) powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI) to extract valuable insights from their data in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Regions. In this guide, we walk you through the process of adapting LLMs to specific domains with parameter efficient fine-tuning techniques made accessible through Amazon SageMaker integrations with Hugging Face.

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Robert Lewis Named GDIT’s CTO for Intelligence & Homeland Security Division

GovCon Wire

Robert Lewis, a 21-year veteran of General Dynamics‘ (NYSE: GD) information technology, has been appointed chief technology officer for GDIT’s intelligence and homeland security division, according to his LinkedIn post. He assumed the position after serving as vice president of engineering and solutions within the company’s intelligence and homeland security segment for nearly three years.

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Billie Winner-Davis and Victoria Turner

Whistleblower Network News

In this special episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, host Jane Turner speaks with Billie Winner-Davis and Victoria Turner about the trauma experienced by family members of whistleblowers who face retaliation. Billie is the mother of Reality Winner , the intelligence community whistleblower imprisoned for leaking a NSA report on the Russian government’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.

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How to Create a Blueprint for Fleet Resilience

Speaker: Jeff Dickinson - President and CEO of Railgistixs Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Thought Leader

Despite the ongoing transformation of the supply chain and logistics landscape, the steadfast importance of carrier safety remains a core principle. From prioritizing preventative maintenance to optimizing fleet utilization, the fundamentals persist. If you’re overlooking and neglecting essential safety precautions today, this could result in expensive repairs and potential safety hazards in the future. 🚧 Join Jeff Dickinson for a conversation on how to mitigate risk, enforce compliance,

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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Progress or Setback?

Art of Procurement

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, or UFLPA, was passed to protect an ethnically Turkish, predominantly Muslim minority living in. The post Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Progress or Setback? appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Kaitlyn Webster Promoted to Chief Solutions Architect at RS21

ExecutiveBiz

Kaitlyn Webster, former director of data analytics at RS21, was elevated to the role of chief solutions architect at the Albuquerque, New Mexico-located data science company. RS21 said Monday Webster will now be responsible for driving the development of the company’s innovative products and services to meet customer requirements.

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FBI Reinstates Security Clearance of Agent Who Testified before Congress Amidst Scrutiny Over DOJ Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblower Network News

In the wake of a Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG) memo which raised concerns about the DOJ and FBI’s practice of revoking security clearances of whistleblowers , the FBI has reinstated the security clearance of Marcus Allen , an agent who claimed whistleblower status and testified before Congress. In a May 31 letter to Allen , FBI Executive Assistant Director Timothy Dunham wrote, “My decision to reinstate your security clearance is based upon a determination

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TMF investments to modernize campaign finance software, tribal school websites, HR system

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Updating federal campaign finance reporting software, modernizing tribal communities’ school websites and streamlining human resources information systems are among the new investments announced Tuesday from the Technology Modernization Fund. The announcement of the $31.66 million funding round — to the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Interior and the Department of Energy — came with a warning from the General Services Administration.

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Creighton Reed Appointed Adarga SVP

ExecutiveBiz

Creighton Reed, a business development executive, has joined artificial intelligence analytics tools provider Adarga as senior vice president. In a LinkedIn post published Sunday, Reed said he will co-lead the U.S. operations of London-headquartered Adarga with Chris Gore, most recently president of U.S. risk intelligence firm J2X Solutions.

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Chris Coligado Joins Smoothstack as EVP, Federal Market Lead

GovCon Wire

McLean, Virginia-based information technology services provider Smoothstack has appointed Chris Coligado, a senior executive with over 20 years of technology consulting experience, as executive vice president and federal market lead.

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Mass. Dentist Indicted In Alleged $2M Medicaid Fraud

Government Contracts

A Massachusetts dentist and her practice have been charged with fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth, more than $2 million for services that were never provided.

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Why the government should use more shared services to reduce costs

Federal News Network

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reiterated something it has been pointing out for years: The government wastes billions and billions of dollars on duplicative and overlapping activities. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin ‘s guest says the GAO overlooked a crucial way to stop the waste, namely shared services. Steve Goodrich is the Chairman of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition.

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Financial regulators have ‘insufficiently’ addressed hedge funds’ use of AI, report says

FedScoop

Federal financial regulators are playing catch-up in their oversight of how hedge funds are using artificial intelligence to guide trading decisions, presenting a serious risk to market stability, the majority staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee warned Friday. In a 45-page report , shared exclusively with FedScoop and led by HSGAC Chair Gary Peters, D-Mich., staffers found the combination of recent regulatory actions and the current federal legal framework to

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PanTeXas Deterrence Books Potential $30B NNSA Contract; SOC’s Doug Magee Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

The National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded a potential 20-year, $30 billion contract to PanTeXas Deterrence, a joint venture formed by a BWX Technologies subsidiary, Fluor, SOC and Texas A&M University System, to manage and operate the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.

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General Dynamics Books $1.1B Navy Contract for DDG 51 Destroyer Planning Yard Support

GovCon Wire

A General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) subsidiary has received a potential five-year, $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy to provide planning yard support services for the military branch’s DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

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Tribal Casino Tells 7th Circ. Ill. City Rigged Proposal Votes

Government Contracts

A proposed tribal casino has asked the Seventh Circuit to undo a lower court ruling that found Waukegan, Ill., did not intentionally discriminate against it when the city chose three other competitors to operate casinos, saying the city ran a rigged review process.

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A prominent industry group creates a new chapter right on the space coast

Federal News Network

The professional organization AFCEA International has launched its 139 national chapter right in Orlando, Florida. It’s meant to help facilitate connections for members of the space industry with government agencies. It’s even calling it the Space Coast Chapter. To learn more about how this came together and what the chapter has planned, I spoke to Tony Brown, who is Director of the Products/Software Division for TM3 Solutions, Inc. and will be leading the new group.

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Veterans Affairs announces extension of EHR award for Oracle Cerner

FedScoop

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it has awarded Oracle Cerner — the embattled technology provider of the agency’s electronic health record system — with an extension of its contract for EHR system modernization. The 11-month option, which the VA said “completes the second option period award,” follows a month of negotiations focused on “supporting value-added services” like system enhancements and improving predictability in hosting, deployment and sustainment, accordin

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BWXT Receives Phase 2 Contract for Continued Microreactor Development Work in Wyoming; Joe Miller Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

The Wyoming Energy Authority has awarded a BWX Technologies subsidiary phase 2 of a contract for continued engineering work on small-scale nuclear reactors. The aim of the contract is to determine the viability of using microreactor systems to augment Wyoming’s power supply, BWXT said Monday.

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PPDNI Stacey Dixon Accepts 2024 Wash100 Award

GovCon Wire

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Dr. Stacey Dixon received her 2024 Wash100 Award from Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson during a recent meeting. The Wash100 Award annually recognizes the executives of consequence shaping the government and the government contracting sector.

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Bond Denial Upheld For Army Construction Project

Government Contracts

An Illinois federal judge affirmed an arbitration award relieving two insurers of covering a $1.8 million bond issued to a subcontractor retained for a U.S. Army construction project, upholding the arbitrator's finding that the status of the project wasn't accurately represented at the time of bond procurement.

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Whistleblowers, Advocates and Government Officials to Celebrate National Whistleblower Day on Capitol Hill

Whistleblower Network News

On July 30, National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is hosting a National Whistleblower Day event on Capitol Hill to celebrate the bravery and sacrifices of whistleblowers and their contributions to rooting out fraud, abuses and corruption. The event will feature remarks from U.S. Senators, government officials, whistleblower advocates and whistleblowers themselves.

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Retention in construction contracts – publishing requirements: CPN 1/2024

Scottish Government Procurement

We have published a new Construction Policy Note (CPN) providing advice to public bodies of the new requirements for publishing information on their use of cash retention in construction contracts. The new CPN follows on from published guidance on the use of cash retention in construction contracts in CPN 3/2022 , which became effective on 20 February 2023.

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Lockheed Martin VP of PAC-3 Programs Brenda Davidson Set to Retire

ExecutiveBiz

Brenda Davidson, vice president of the PAC-3 missile programs at Lockheed Martin, is retiring after over 35 years of service at the defense and aerospace company. She announced her retirement Friday on LinkedIn and said that Brian Kubik, VP of quality and mission success, will take over as PAC-3 program lead.

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What Does the Future of 5G Look Like?

GovCon Wire

Communications technology advancements are driving forward important innovations and improvements for 5G. But what’s in store for the next generation of 5G connectivity and communications in the defense sector? Panelists at the Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Forum shared their insights last month. Hear more industry-leading insights at Potomac Officers Club events.

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FAA Chief Vows Diligent Boeing Oversight In Senate Hearing

Government Contracts

The Federal Aviation Administration's chief told a Senate panel Thursday that the regulator has diligently stepped up oversight of Boeing's manufacturing since January's harrowing midair door plug blowout on a 737 Max 9 jet, an incident that prompted multiple probes into Boeing's safety culture and quality control.

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Top AI Execs to Watch in 2024: Intel Corp.’s Melvin Greer

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Melvin Greer Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Intel Corp. Melvin Greer’s biggest recent achievement was winning the Black Engineer of the Year, Technologist of the Year award. It changed the trajectory of his career. More than that, the Technologist of the Year award isn’t just an honor; it’s a torch. It ignited a fire in [.

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Building and Maintaining US Military Bases Overseas: Opportunities for Federal Contractors

USFCR

US military bases overseas are crucial for global security and international operations. These bases require significant construction, maintenance, and modernization efforts, presenting lucrative opportunities for federal contractors. Additionally, the presence of these bases can have positive impacts on local communities, including economic benefits and infrastructure development.

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Leidos to Provide IT & Telco Support Under $738M Air Force IDIQ; Steve Hull Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

Leidos has landed a $738 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to deliver enterprise information technology and telecommunications services to the U.S. Air Force. In a statement Thursday, Steve Hull, Leidos digital modernization sector president, commented that the company is “committed to continue delivering secure, resilient technology” services to the military branch through the contract.

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Jonathan Greenert to Succeed Kelly Ayotte as BAE Systems Inc. Board Chair

GovCon Wire

Jonathan Greenert, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, will take on the role of chair of the board of directors at the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems. He will succeed Kelly Ayotte, a former senator who has held the position of board chair at BAE Systems Inc. since December 2021, the company said Friday.

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GSA contracting officers are driving schedule holders crazy

Federal News Network

Complaints coming from contractors on the General Services Administration’s multiple-award schedule. They say contracting officers are trying to re-negotiate finished contracts and making unreasonable demands for information. For more, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with federal sales and marketing consultant Larry Allen. Interview transcript Tom Temin And you have found that this is mainly happening in the information technology part of the Unified Schedules program.

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How CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment Is Helping Agencies

FedTech Magazine

Federal IT leaders looking to jump-start application modernization within their agencies should first conduct assessments of their app portfolios to create a game plan, according to Greg Peters, the founder of CDW’s own assessment. Peters says automating such an assessment, as CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment does, further speeds up modernization efforts.

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Former Pioneer Oil CEO Scott Sheffield – Colluder or Scapegoat?

Art of Procurement

In 2019, Pioneer Natural Resources, an independent shale oil producer in West Texas, was worth $24 Billion. Their CEO, Scott. The post Former Pioneer Oil CEO Scott Sheffield – Colluder or Scapegoat? appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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BWXT-Led Joint Venture to Manage NNSA’s Pantex Plant Under Potential $30B Contract; Heatherly Dukes Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

A BWX Technologies-led joint venture has secured a potential 20-year, $30 billion contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration to manage and operate the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.

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For Unanet’s CIO, the Focus Is on Arming GovCons With AI Solutions

GovCon Wire

When Steve Karp stepped into the role of chief innovation officer for government contractor-focused software company Unanet, he did so knowing that a big part of the job would be continuing to push the envelope to give GovCons more of the intelligent tools they need to deliver superior project outcomes and, ultimately, grow their businesses

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Understanding Joint Venture Experience Calculation and Construction Turnover

The Procurement ClassRoom

When participating in joint ventures (JVs), accurately calculating and attributing experience can be crucial. Here, we delve into common practices for JV experience attribution and offer recommendations based on project complexity. Methods for JV Experience Attribution 1. Equal Share (100% each partner): This straightforward method attributes 100% of the experience to each partner.