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Data tracking, AI and modernization: How SSA has ditched its paper-based past

FedScoop

For more than two decades, the Social Security Administration has worked to shed its well-earned image as a “paper-based agency,” doing everything from shifting away from hard copy signatures to embarking on a large-scale modernization plan. Now armed with a robust artificial intelligence use case inventory and a splashy new data-tracking tool , SSA’s technology leaders feel especially bullish about where they stand in their digital journey.

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Applying tech being used on the ISS towards a future mission to mars

Federal News Network

Voyager Space has entered into an agreement with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to help develop an airlock for the Mars Transit Vehicle, also referred to as Deep Space Transport. It’s a 12-month study that will look at the applying the concept of Voyager’s Bishop Airlock design, currently being utilized on the International Space Station, towards a future mission to Mars.

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High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

Government Contracts

The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

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Mastering CAS 406: Establishing and Adhering to Cost Accounting Periods

Public Contracting Institute

In the complex world of government contracting, understanding and implementing Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) is crucial for success. Today, we’re diving deep into CAS 406, which focuses on establishing and adhering to cost accounting periods. This standard is a cornerstone of proper financial management for contractors working with the federal government.

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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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The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

Government Contracts

In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

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Writing Your Termination for Convenience Settlement Proposal – What You should Know

Watson & Associates

Developing a termination for convenience settlement proposal can be very traumatic and confusing. You’re a federal government contractor who has invested countless hours and resources into a federal project, only to receive a termination for convenience notice out of the blue from the Contracting Officer (CO). The government has decided. Read more » The post Writing Your Termination for Convenience Settlement Proposal – What You should Know appeared first on Watson & Associates L

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Season 11: Episode 14: FAR Facts

Public Contracting Institute

Hello and thank you for joining us for Episode 13 of Fun with the FAR Season 11! In our next session, we will cover FAR Part 22 (Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions) and FAR Part 23 (Environment, Energy, and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace)! As we prepare for our 14th episode of Season 11, here are a few Episode 14 FAR Facts for us to think about: Agencies shall remain impartial concerning any dispute between labor an

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The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

Government Contracts

The U.S. Supreme Court's session ended with a series of blockbuster cases that granted the president broad immunity, changed federal gun policy and kneecapped administrative agencies. And many of the biggest decisions fell along partisan lines.

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Procurement 6 – July 5th, 2024

Art of Procurement

Procurement 6 is a short podcast from Art of Procurement that publishes in the Art of Procurement feed every Friday. The post Procurement 6 – July 5th, 2024 appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

Government Contracts

As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

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Post-Brentwood Judicial Practice on China-Seated Arbitrations Administered by Foreign Arbitral Institutions

Kluwer Arbitration

It is well-recognized in the world of international arbitration that the curial courts—those at the seat of the arbitration—have supervisory jurisdiction over their local arbitral proceedings (the so-called “ seat standard ”). Despite this, Chinese courts have historically been reluctant to take on the mantle of this supervisory jurisdiction for arbitrations administered by foreign arbitration institutions within China.

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How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

Government Contracts

Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

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Canada initiates consultation on trade measures in response to surplus supply of Chinese EVs

Import and Trade Remedies

On July 2, 2024, the Government of Canada launched a 30-day consultation on proposed policy responses to surplus supply of Chinese electric vehicles (EV). This Consultation aims to canvas stakeholders on the Government’s policy responses to protect the growing Canadian EV industry from perceived unfair trade-practices in China and the risk of diversion of Chinese EVs to Canada following recent tariffs implemented by the United States (Section 301 tariffs) and the EU (provisional countervai

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Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

Government Contracts

The U.S. Supreme Court's lethargic pace of decision-making this term left the justices to issue a slew of highly anticipated and controversial rulings during the term's final week — rulings that put the court's ideological divisions on vivid display. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this court term.

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A Farewell To Chevron: SCOTUS Overturns the 40-Year-Old Precedent, Deeply Widening the Path for Government Contractors and Other Private Parties to Challenge Agency Interpretations of Statutes

Government Contracts Advisor

Almost exactly 40 years ago, the United States Supreme Court established the Chevron doctrine, which required that federal courts defer to federal […]

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GAO FInds DOD Subcontractor's Contractor Switch OK

Government Contracts

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected a protest over a Defense Health Agency healthcare delivery modernization task order, saying Peraton Inc. was allowed to use the same subcontractor as rival ViiMed after the DHA ended ViiMed's similar deal.

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What Is Cluster Computing, and How Can It Help Federal IT?

FedTech Magazine

As data volumes continue to increase, federal IT leaders are considering cluster computing as a way to avoid spending money on maintaining storage infrastructure or public cloud. Proponents of the emerging alternative argue the technology improves scalability and availability for agencies while reducing environmental and monetary waste from unused storage space.

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Self-Driving Tech Co. Disputes Chinese Military Designation

Government Contracts

Lidar technology firm Hesai has urged a Washington, D.C., federal judge to overturn its designation as a Chinese military company, saying the Pentagon had failed to show it had any connection to China's military industrial base.

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The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

Government Contracts

This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

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DOJ Asks High Court To Review Nixed Bid-Rigging Conviction

Government Contracts

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the overturning of a former Contech executive's bid-rigging conviction, saying the appeals court was wrong to focus on a supplier relationship between companies that also compete for contracts.

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How High Court Approached Time Limit On Reg Challenges

Government Contracts

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve Board effectively gives new entities their own personal statute of limitations to challenge rules and regulations, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh's concurrence may portend the court's view that those entities do not need to be directly regulated, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

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Expect The Unexpected: Contracts For Underground Projects

Government Contracts

Recent challenges encountered by the Mountain Valley Pipeline project underscore the importance of drafting contracts for underground construction to account for unexpected site conditions, associated risks and compliance with applicable laws, say Jill Jaffe and Brenda Lin at Nossaman.