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MITRE releases recommendations to incoming administration on AI governance

FedScoop

Securing federal funding for artificial intelligence research and establishing an executive task force to monitor the development and use of AI should be prioritized in the first year of the next presidential term, a new policy document from MITRE recommended. MITRE, the federally funded organization that operates research and development centers on behalf of agencies, said in the document — which is intended to advise the incoming administration on AI security, innovation, trust and ethics — th

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Leslie Beavers Takes Charge as Acting DOD Chief Information Officer

GovCon Wire

Leslie Beavers, a 2024 Wash100 awardee, announced on LinkedIn that she has been named acting chief information officer at the Department of Defense. Beavers previously held the position of principal deputy CIO at the Pentagon.

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DHS invests in digital credential technology

FedScoop

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate announced on Monday that six technology companies had been offered contracts to develop digital wallet services, part of an agency goal to advance digital technology used in the context of immigration and travel. Three U.S.-based companies — Credence ID, Hushmesh, and SpruceID — won awards, according to the DHS ress release , as did the European companies Ubiqu, Procivis, and Netis d.o.o.

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Contracting officers benefit from a bot in the seat to their right

Federal News Network

The Office Of Management and Budget and General Services Administration have been fielding a data integration tool to help contracting officers. Dubbed Co-Pilot, it gathers data from various governmentwide procurement systems, and presents buyers with pricing histories, vendor information and other data to help their decisions. How’s the first month been going?

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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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Boeing To Plead Guilty, Pay $243M Fine In DOJ 737 Max Deal

Government Contracts

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to defraud safety regulators about the 737 Max 8's development, avoiding a criminal trial over a pair of deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019, according to a U.S. Department of Justice court filing late Sunday.

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Hurricane Beryl: Impact on Texas and Opportunities for Federal Contractors

USFCR

Hurricane Beryl has caused extensive damage as it moved through the Caribbean and Texas, leaving communities devastated and in urgent need of assistance. This post will focus on the ongoing recovery efforts in Texas and highlight how federal contractors can contribute to rebuilding homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Current Status of Hurricane Beryl Hurricane Beryl made landfall along the Texas coast as a Category 1 storm early Monday, July 8, 2024.

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SandboxAQ to Help Advance Artificial Intelligence Safety Through NIST Initiative

ExecutiveBiz

SandboxAQ will develop robust safety guidelines, standards and best practices to ensure the responsible deployment of artificial intelligence technologies as it joins the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s AI Safety Institute Consortium.

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SAIC Books Order via $206M VA Contract for Financial Tech Services

GovCon Wire

Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) has secured a services delivery order the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded under a potential $205.5 million contract. According to a Federal Procurement Data System posting, VA’s Technology Acquisition Center made a $39.

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David Galloreese Appointed as New Chief People Officer at Datadog

ExecutiveBiz

Datadog, the developer of a monitoring and security platform for cloud applications, has appointed David Galloreese as its new chief people officer, who brings to the role years of human resources experience gained while working with Figma, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Medallia and Caesars Entertainment.

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J2 Ventures Raises $150M for New Fund to Support Startups With Tech Offerings for National Security Missions

GovCon Wire

Boston-based J2 Ventures has secured $150 million for its new fund and will use the capital to further invest in technology and health care startups with products that could support military and government agency customers.

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BAE Wins $88M Navy Contract for Combat Integration & Identification System Installation Support

ExecutiveBiz

BAE Systems has won a potential $88.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide installation and certification support services for combat integration and identification systems and related subsystems. The Department of Defense said Wednesday the Naval Air Warfare Aircraft Division launched a competitive procurement process and received three offers for the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

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Dan Ford Succeeds Bill Webner as Capgemini Government Solutions CEO

GovCon Wire

Dan Ford, a former Capgemini vice president with almost two decades of company experience, was appointed CEO of Capgemini Government Solutions. Capgemini said Wednesday Ford replaced Bill Webner, a 2024 Wash100 Award recipient who had been with Capgemini Government Solutions for nearly a decade before stepping down as its chief executive.

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Firefly Aerospace Launches 8 CubeSats for NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites Mission

ExecutiveBiz

Firefly Aerospace‘s Alpha rocket has deployed to low Earth orbit eight cubesats comprising a NASA-funded mission dubbed Educational Launch of Nanosatellites or ELaNa 43. The launch service, dubbed Noise of Summer, was provided under a contract the space agency awarded through the Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 program, Firefly Aerospace said Thursday.

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DFARS Final Rule on Commercial Products Procured Under Major Weapon Systems

Redstone Government Consulting

DoD issued a final rule DFARS Case 2023-D010 on May 30, 2024, amending The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) implementing Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act on data required in support of commerciality determinations and price reasonableness under procurements for major weapon systems. The purpose is to provide additional guidance related to the data required to support a request for a commercial determination and the price reasonableness process.

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L3Harris Completes Preliminary Design Review of Prototype F-18 EW Countermeasure System

ExecutiveBiz

L3Harris Technologies has conducted a preliminary design review of a prototype electronic warfare system meant to protect U.S. Navy F-18 fighter aircraft. Work on the prototype is being carried out under an $80 million Navy contract, with prototype system integration lab testing being eyed for summer, L3Harris said Tuesday.

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Annulment Procedure on the Arbitral Awards Involving Long-standing Dispute between Rutas de Lima and Municipalidad de Lima

Kluwer Arbitration

On 12 March 2024, Judge Ana C. Reyes, presiding over the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) Circuit, issued a decision on the petition to set aside filed by the Municipalidad de Lima concerning two arbitral awards. Judge Ana C. Reyes denied the petition from the Municipalidad de Lima. This post describes the background to this long-standing dispute, the arbitration proceedings between the parties, and the recent decision on the annulment of the awards.

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DOE Seeks Proposals for Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Operation and Management Contract

ExecutiveBiz

The Department of Energy has released a request for proposals for a potential 15-year contract to manage and operate the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia.

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Mastering Accounting for Unallowable Costs: A Guide to CAS 405 Compliance

Public Contracting Institute

Introduction to CAS 405 and Unallowable Costs In the complex world of government contracting, understanding and properly accounting for unallowable costs as per Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) 405 is crucial for success. At the Public Contracting Institute , we recognize the importance of this knowledge and its impact on your business operations. CAS 405 establishes guidelines for identifying and excluding unallowable costs from any billing, claim, or proposal applicable to a government contract.

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Kayla Huthoefer Named Director of Strategic Capture & Disruptive Growth at Clarity

ExecutiveBiz

Kayla Huthoefer, former director at BAE Systems, has joined software company Clarity as director of strategic capture and disruptive growth. In a LinkedIn post, Clarity said Huthoefer brings to the role “an impactful collection of career experiences… that have directly shaped her into who she is and how she approaches work each and every day.

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What's In Boeing's Tentative 737 Max Plea Deal With DOJ

Government Contracts

Boeing's willingness to plead guilty to conspiring to defraud U.S. regulators over the 737 Max 8's development is a rare mea culpa from an embattled American aerospace titan eager to rebuild public trust after six years of overlapping government investigations, production pauses and mounting litigation.

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GovCon Index Dropped for Second Consecutive Week

ExecutiveBiz

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index stayed in decline last week, decreasing by 1.33% and ending with an average of $4,879.92. GovCon Index is an aggregate index that collects and presents real-time data on the stock market performance of 30 key government contracting enterprises.

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Migrants Want Another Try In Martha's Vineyard Flight Suit

Government Contracts

Several migrants who claim they were tricked into boarding flights to Martha's Vineyard have asked a Massachusetts federal judge to let them file an amended suit in an effort to cure the jurisdictional issues that doomed the initial complaint in March.

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Strategic Communications Secures DHA Contract for AWS Cloud Environments

ExecutiveBiz

The Defense Health Agency has awarded Strategic Communications a $22.9 million firm-fixed-price delivery order for the procurement of Amazon Web Services commercial cloud environments. The DHA relies on AWS cloud environments for the hosting of applications used by organizations within the agency as well as agency mission partners, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

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Boeing Faces Potential Contract Effects From Guilty Plea

Government Contracts

Boeing's guilty plea for fraud related to the safety of its 737 Max 8 commercial aircraft will trigger additional scrutiny for a possible suspension or debarment from federal contracting, potentially putting lucrative future contracts at risk for the company.

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Gary Merrill Appointed as Commvault CCO & Jennifer DiRico Tapped to Fill Open CFO Position

ExecutiveBiz

Gary Merrill, an 18-year Commvault mainstay and current chief financial officer, has been appointed the company’s first chief commercial officer. In light of the move, Jennifer DiRico has been selected to fill the position of CFO beginning Aug. 12, the Tinton Falls, New Jersey-based company announced Monday.

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Electrifying Transportation With Public-Private Partnerships

Government Contracts

Many clean energy goals remain public policy abstractions that face a challenging road to realization — but public-private partnership models could be a valuable tool to electrify the transportation sector, says Michael Blackwell at Husch Blackwell.

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Sterling-Backed Markon Acquires ASEC to Further Advance Government Missions; Ray Carney Quoted

GovCon Wire

Markon, a Sterling Investment Partners-backed management consultancy focused on supporting federal government missions, has acquired ASEC in a transaction that expands its capabilities to support the missions of Department of Defense and Intelligence Community agency clients.

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Philly Charter School Exec Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

Government Contracts

Shahied Dawan, a former nonprofit executive for a Philadelphia charter school and low-income housing nonprofit founded by R&B producer Kenny Gamble, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday for conspiring to conceal embezzlement from the organization.

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GovCon Index Marked Poor Start to Q3 2024 as Wall Street Gained Strength

GovCon Wire

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index did not have the best start in the third quarter of 2024. The index, which tracks the stock performances of 30 major government contractors, lost 1.31% week-on-week following significant losses on Monday and Friday. The $4,879.92 closing before the weekend reduced GCI’s year-to-date gain to 4.53%.

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Ga. County Won't 'Sit On Its Hindquarters' In Battery Fire Fight

Government Contracts

A Georgia county suing a battery manufacturer for a massive fire allegedly sparked by the illegal dumping of lithium-ion cells urged a Georgia federal judge Friday to spike the company's "absurd" bid to dismiss the suit, calling the effort "premature and meritless.

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Army Names 12 Awardees on $940M Contract for Operations & Maintenance Services

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Army has awarded 12 companies spots on a potential seven-year, $940 million firm-fixed-price contract for operation and maintenance services. The Department of Defense said Wednesday 17 bids were received through an online solicitation spearheaded by the Engineering and Support Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which serves as the contracting activity.

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Chinese Student Pleads Guilty To Espionage Drone Pics

Government Contracts

A Chinese national previously enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota pleaded guilty Monday in Virginia federal court to two misdemeanors under the Espionage Act for taking unauthorized photos with a drone of shipbuilding yards that contained classified U.S. military vessels.

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Space Force Selects Blue Origin, Stoke Space as Additional Launch Providers Under 2nd On-Ramp to OSP-4 Contract

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command has added Blue Origin and Stoke Space Technologies to the vendor pool of launch providers as part of the second on-ramping process to the fourth iteration of the Orbital Services Program.

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Amazon Must Face Podcast Defamation Suit, ICE Doc Says

Government Contracts

A former physician at a Georgia immigration facility who says he was falsely accused of performing forced hysterectomies on detainees has urged a federal judge not to let Amazon and podcast publisher Wondery distance themselves from a podcast episode that dubbed him "The Uterus Collector.

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Tuesday Tracker 06/04/2024

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Ex-Prosecutor Takes GC Role For Mass. Inspector General

Government Contracts

Eugenia M. "Genie" Carris, a veteran federal public corruption prosecutor, has jumped to the Massachusetts inspector general's office as general counsel, the agency announced Monday.