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Transportation Department doubles down on securing GPS tech

FedScoop

The Transportation Department is doubling down on GPS technology, announcing a series of new investments last week that are meant to help boost the reliability of positioning, navigation and timing services. Companies focused on terrestrial radio frequency, map matching, time over fiber, and low-Earth orbit technologies were awarded contracts — which totaled more than $7.2 million — following a DOT request for information last year to identify alternatives to GPS technologies.

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GovCon Expert Joe Paiva Finds AI at a Crossroads—Amplifying Biases or Empowering All

GovCon Wire

By Joe Paiva, Chief Operating Officer at Fearless The digital divide of the 1990s exacerbated long-standing inequities in our society. As broadband internet and personal computers proliferated, they reached affluent neighborhoods and households first. This left economically disadvantaged communities, disproportionately communities of color, on the wrong side of the divide.

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2024 Pinnacle Awards Nominations Now Open

WashngtonExec

Nominations are now open for WashingtonExec’s annual Pinnacle Awards, and we want to know which executives had the biggest impact implementing and executing on business development strategies. The Pinnacle Awards embody the WashingtonExec spirit of highlighting successful executives and businesses saving money and fostering innovation for federal clients across the region.

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Atom Computing Founder Ben Bloom to Return to CEO Role

GovCon Wire

Ben Bloom, founder and previous CEO of Atom Computing, will return to the chief executive role at the Berkeley, California-based quantum computing company. The company said in a July 2 news release that he will again take the helm of Atom Computing after Rob Hays stepped down from the CEO position to pursue other opportunities.

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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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Contractors see new cyber reporting rules everywhere they look

Federal News Network

The Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act (CIRCIA) is exactly what it sounds like: a mandate for reporting. There’s also a cyber reporting rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission already in effect. Is it overkill? Executive Vice President for Policy at the Professional Services Council Stephanie Kostro shared more with the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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The End of Chevron Deference: What It Means for False Claims Act Litigation

Government Contract Insights

Under the Supreme Court’s decision in Chevron USA Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984), for decades courts have sometimes been required “to defer to ‘permissible’ agency interpretations of [ambiguities in] statutes those agencies administer—even when a reviewing court reads the statute differently.

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Lockheed Martin Receives Contract to Develop Artificial Intelligence Tools for DARPA AIR Program

ExecutiveBiz

Lockheed Martin announced securing a $4.6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop artificial intelligence tools.

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How to Build a Software Factory

FedTech Magazine

The Department of Defense develops software factories to enable continuous integration and delivery of new applications amid its ongoing software modernization push. An assembly line comparison is apt: DOD defines a software factory as having distinct pipelines — each with its own tools, workflows, scripts and environments — and sets of automated activities throughout the development lifecycle.

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Tyto Athene Finalizes Acquisition of MindPoint Group

ExecutiveBiz

Tyto Athene has completed the acquisition of managed cybersecurity services provider MindPoint Group, first announced last month. In light of the acquisition, MindPoint President Patti Chanthaphone will assume the position of Tyto’s federal civilian group president, where she will work to accelerate future cyber growth, the Arlington Capitals Partners portfolio company said Tuesday.

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USACE to Award 5 Construction Services Task Orders Under $1.5B Contract Vehicle

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking providers of vertical construction services in support of Border Patrol facilities within the Southwestern and South Pacific divisions of the Fort Worth District. To address the requirement, the government intends to award five firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity task orders under the $1.

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A blog for a book -- Extended for the rest of the summer

How to Crack a Nut

It was great to receive a submission for the ‘a book for a blog’ competition, which you can read here. However, it seems that the time was not right, as I would have hoped for a few more entries. And I still have two copies of the book to give away. I am thus extending the deadline until 13 September 2024, in case anyone feels inspired over the summer break.

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Oshkosh Defense Books $232M in Army Delivery Orders for Modernized Heavy Tactical Vehicles

GovCon Wire

Oshkosh’s (NYSE: OSK) defense arm has secured $231.9 million in orders from the U.S. Army to produce modernized heavy tactical vehicles and supply related kits to the military branch.

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IT Firm Accuses Feds Of Unjustifiably Canceling Deal

Government Contracts

A Virginia information technology firm sued the federal government over a corrective action that saw the U.S. General Services Administration revoking a "game-changing" $22.6 million order, saying the agency offered no explanation for the cancellation.

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Top DOD Execs to Watch in 2024: Aleut Federal’s Nick Trzcinski

WashngtonExec

Nick Trzcinski President, Aleut Federal Nick Trzcinski’s biggest recent achievement is watching his team’s hard work pay off and the business grow in both the civilian and defense markets. “Having the opportunity to lead and contribute vital missions across the nation, that support the warfighter makes me swell with pride,” Trzcinski said.

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4th Circ. Finds No Judicial Bias In DOD Contractor's Sentence

Government Contracts

The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a North Carolina woman who fraudulently obtained military contracts valued at over $2.2 million, rejecting her argument that the district judge should've recused himself for bias and calling his admonishment during her sentencing "'ordinary,' albeit strongly worded.

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Siemens Corp.’s Barbara Humpton Delivers GMU Commencement Speech

WashngtonExec

On May 9, Siemens Corp. President and CEO Barbara Humpton delivered a commencement speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, emphasizing the importance of embracing change in a fast-paced, ever-evolving world. She advised graduates to become comfortable with uncertainty and remain optimistic through transitions. Humpton highlighted the need for adaptability today.

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Pharm Co. Fined $16.9M For Fake Scripts, Ex-VP Arrested

Government Contracts

A subsidiary of bankrupt DMK Pharmaceuticals Corp. faces a $16.9 million criminal fine after pleading guilty to conspiring in a scheme to ship drugs using false prescriptions, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday, adding that the subsidiary's former vice president of sales was also arrested.

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Top DOD Execs to Watch in 2024: Army’s Leonel Garciga

WashngtonExec

Leonel Garciga Army Chief Information Officer, Department of the Army Leonel Garciga recently completed the overhaul of the Army’s cloud architecture under the Army Enterprise Cloud Management Agency. Over the past six months, ECMA renovated its Amazon footprint with a much more secure, simplified and scalable cloud service offering while also providing an improved user [.

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Terror Victims Push To Keep Pharma Suit In DC Circ.

Government Contracts

Terror victims warned the D.C. Circuit against sending to a lower court a lawsuit seeking to link pharmaceutical companies to the attacks that injured them, saying a remand could delay the case and frustrate their efforts to collect evidence.

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Oddball Wins Contracts to Improve Veterans Access to Government Websites

ExecutiveBiz

Oddball has secured contracts from the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve and protect veteran access to two government websites. The federal IT modernization service provider said Wednesday it will work on the VA.gov and Login.gov websites.

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'Stop Right There': Judge Slams King County Deportation Args

Government Contracts

A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday criticized King County's argument that its executive order banning deportation flights from a Seattle airport did not force a fuel supplier to stop servicing the flights, with one judge calling it preposterous.

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Rise8’s Bryon Kroger Discusses Keys to Effective Adoption of Continuous Authority to Operate Model

ExecutiveBiz

Hiring the right talent and eliminating bureaucracy are keys to building a culture of security awareness across one’s organization, which, in turn, is critical to the effective adoption of the continuous Authority to Operate model, according to Rise8 founder and CEO Bryon Kroger.

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Indicted Ex-Conn. Official Drops Greece Vacation Plan

Government Contracts

Ex-Connecticut budget official Konstantinos "Kosta" Diamantis on Tuesday dropped his request for a federal judge's permission to travel to Greece while he is under indictment, withdrawing his motion one day after prosecutors objected.

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Military Branches Achieve C2, Information Sharing Capability on SIPRNet Using Immersive Wisdom Software

ExecutiveBiz

Immersive Wisdom has provided two military branches with a distributed communications and operations center software platform to enable cross-service command and control and information sharing on the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network.

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Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

Government Contracts

The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

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New date for the 2024 ordinary filing of the Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Registry

BLP

Using general-application joint resolution number MH-DGT-RES-0016-2024, issued on June 24, 2024, the General Taxation Directorate and the Costa Rican Drug Institute once again modified the filing period for the 2024 ordinary filing of the Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Registry (“ Registro de Transparencia y Beneficiarios Finales ”). This year, each obligated party must comply with the filing between October 1 and 31, substituting for the obligation to do the filing in July, as previously establi

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Gov't Missed Merck Vax Potency Problem, 3rd Circ. Told

Government Contracts

Two whistleblowers claiming that Merck & Co. had exaggerated the potency of its mumps vaccine told a Third Circuit panel Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's continued purchasing of the vaccine was not proof that the agency knew but didn't care about the alleged deception.

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Exiger Expands Supply Chain Management Platform Capabilities With Versed AI Acquisition

ExecutiveBiz

Exiger, a supply chain and third-party risk artificial intelligence company, has acquired University of Cambridge spin-out Versed AI in an effort to expand its AI-powered supply chain visibility, data and mapping capabilities.

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Boeing, DOJ Say 737 Max Families Can't Rush Monitor Pick

Government Contracts

Boeing has told a Texas federal judge that 737 Max crash victims' families cannot rush the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the company's safety and compliance efforts, saying its new tentative plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice adequately addresses the monitorship issue.

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Air Force Awards Leidos $51M Contract to Provide NORAD With Missile Warning Capability Enhancement

ExecutiveBiz

Leidos has won a $51.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide support for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex-Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment system.

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Aetna Beats Blue Cross In NC Health Plan Contract Battle

Government Contracts

An administrative judge affirmed North Carolina's switch of its employee and retiree health plan to Aetna, reasoning Blue Cross Blue Shield failed to prove state officials made errors favoring the competitor when evaluating bids.

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Angel Davis Appointed Director of Federal Strategy and Capture at Presidio Federal

ExecutiveBiz

Angel Davis, a former contracts manager at Presidio, was named director of federal strategy and capture at the government-focused business of the information technology service management company. Davis announced via LinkedIn her move at Presidio Federal, where she most recently served as director of enterprise program management office.

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After Chevron: Good News For Gov't Contractors In Litigation

Government Contracts

The net result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning Chevron deference is that individuals, contractors and companies bringing procurement-related cases against the government will have new pathways toward success, say Joseph Berger and Andrés Vera at Thompson Hine.

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How to Respond to a Request for Information (RFI) Notice

Select GCR

In the business and governmental sectors, Request for Information (RFI) notices are commonly used to gather detailed information from potential suppliers, contractors, or service providers. RFIs often require basic information about the requestor’s organization. Providing clear and concise introductory information helps suppliers understand the context of the RFI.

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'ComEd Four' To Renew Acquittal Bid After Bribery Ruling

Government Contracts

An Illinois federal judge effectively pushed the next ruling in the criminal case against former Commonwealth Edison CEO Anne Pramaggiore and her three co-defendants to at least winter, as the defendants vowed to renew their acquittal bid in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling finding that federal bribery law doesn't criminalize rewards given after an official act.

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Sparksoft Lands $118M CMS Contract for Advanced Provider Screening System Maintenance, Update

GovCon Wire

Sparksoft will maintain and update an interactive screening, monitoring and alerting system over a four-year period in support of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The company said its work on the Advanced Provider Screening program is under a $118 million award CMS made on the General Services Administration’s STARS III governmentwide acquisition contract.