May, 2024

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TMF Helps Agencies Modernize and Improve Citizen Services

FedTech Magazine

The Technology Modernization Fund jump-started two major projects of the National Archives and Records Administration that will improve customer and employee experiences. With $9.1 million in TMF funds, NARA will upgrade two outdated IT systems no longer supported by its vendor with new cloud-based software. The new applications improve efficiencies and provide veterans and their families — and hundreds of federal agencies — with faster, more reliable and secure access to records.

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GovCon Expert Warren Linscott on How Small Businesses Can Leverage an ERP to Drive Growth and Maturity

GovCon Wire

By Warren Linscott, Senior Vice President & Chief Product Officer at Deltek Over my career, I’ve closely followed the growth paths of small businesses in the government contracting space. I’ve seen several behaviors and practices that contributed to successfully growing their business.

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DHS official: AI could exacerbate chemical and biological threats

FedScoop

A Department of Homeland Security team dedicated to deterring the use of weapons of mass destruction is now studying how artificial intelligence could exacerbate these kinds of threats. In the wake of a report announced last month, one of the top officials with that office is pointing to a series of potential strategies to confront the ways AI tools could be deployed — even inadvertently — to synthesize dangerous chemical and biological materials.

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Use modular architecture for flexible and extensible RAG-based generative AI solutions

AWS Public Sector

Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) is the process of optimizing the output of a large language model (LLM). It references an authoritative knowledge base outside of its training data sources before generating a response. A RAG -based solution lets organizations jumpstart generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications with faster and more cost-effective ways to inject fresh, trusted data into foundation models (FMs), making generative AI easier for businesses to onboard.

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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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A gentle introduction to applying AI in procurement

Open Contracting Partnership

Thanks to a small grant from Schmidt Futures , we had the opportunity to experiment with applying artificial intelligence technologies to green public procurement. With so many actors in our field talking about AI more generally, this blog post is meant as a gentle introduction to getting started on applying AI in practice. The goal is to increase the understanding of AI in public procurement – by discussing the key decisions we had to make about our approach.

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Army changing the color of money used to modernize software

Federal News Network

When it comes to software development, the Army is going to stop worrying about the color of money. That’s because as part of its new approach to software modernization, the Army is rethinking what sustainment means. Margaret Boatner is the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for strategy and acquisition reform, said one of the main tenets of the policy signed by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth in March is to reform several legacy processes that is keeping the service from adopting modern so

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Amentum CEO John Heller Presented With 2024 Wash100 Award

GovCon Wire

Amentum CEO John Heller accepted his 2024 Wash100 Award during a recent meeting with Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the recognition. Each year, Wash100 highlights the most esteemed leaders in the government contracting industry.

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House bill calls on EPA to update IT systems that store air quality data

FedScoop

The Environmental Protection Agency would be required to update the legacy IT platform it uses to store air quality data systems under new legislation in the House. The “ Clean Air in the Cloud Act ,” introduced Tuesday by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., pushes the EPA to update the IT system for storing AirNow and the Air Quality System (AQS). The bill’s requirements come directly from recommendations in a September 2023 Government Accountability Office study that Connolly requested.

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ICF helps FDA accelerate the drug labeling review process with AWS machine learning

AWS Public Sector

Within the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) plays a critical role. DMEPA reviews premarket and postmarket drug labeling to minimize the risk of medication errors. In partnership with FDA’s DMEPA team, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner ICF is developing a machine learning (ML) prototype known as the Computerized Labeling Assessment Tool (CLAT).

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CGI Federal’s Victor Foulk on 3 Principles Agency Leaders Should Consider in AI Implementation

ExecutiveBiz

Victor Foulk, vice president of emerging technologies at CGI Federal, said chief AI officers and other federal agency leaders should consider three principles as they design and implement their artificial intelligence programs to strike a balance between mission execution and performance and security risks of implementing AI tools.

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Make Mental Health Awareness a Priority

GovLoop

In May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. The observance began in — hold onto your hats — 1949! While that makes it 75 years old, many people and organizations might just be recognizing it for the first time. That’s an important step to take, because healthy employees are productive and happy, and mental health matters. The National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI ) reports that one in five adults will experience a mental health challenge each year, but only half of that group will r

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AML Whistleblower Program has Received Tips “Highly Relevant to Many of Treasury’s Top Priorities”

Whistleblower Network News

The recently established Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Whistleblower Program has “received over 270 unique tips” and “many of the tips received have been highly relevant to many of Treasury’s top priorities” according to Andrea Gacki , Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). On May 6, Andrea Gacki gave prepared remarks at the SIFMA AML Conference where she spoke about the new whistleblower program, which was reformed into a best-practice whistleblower program by the passage

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SAIC’s Hilary Hageman on the Intersection of GovCon, Law & Technology

GovCon Wire

SAIC’s Hilary Hageman grew up in Southeast Asia and Africa and witnessed the political instability that threatened her family’s safety in many of the countries in which she lived. She quickly gained an appreciation for the safety provided by the U.S.

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Google earns FedRAMP High authorization for more than 100 additional commercial services

FedScoop

More than 100 Google commercial cloud services recently received FedRAMP High authorizations, including its Vertex AI platform and other artificial intelligence capabilities, the company announced Wednesday. Google has several services — as well as its underlying commercial cloud infrastructure — that have previously received FedRAMP High authorizations.

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Breaking barriers and leveraging generative AI to advance the US Federal Government: Insights from AWS executive Yvette Cesario

AWS Public Sector

The US Federal Government has endless opportunity to lead the way as well as adopt best practices for how the latest technologies, including generative artificial intelligence (AI) , can be leveraged to fulfill its various missions. I’m curious, like many of you, about the opportunities technology provides for National Security in today’s current state.

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Jennifer Dugan Appointed Operations VP at Tria Federal

ExecutiveBiz

Jennifer Dugan, a Washington, D.C.-based executive with over two decades of industry experience, was elevated to the role of vice president of operations at Tria Federal, where she most recently worked as director. She announced her promotion at the middle-market information technology and advisory services provider via LinkedIn post Thursday.

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Buchanan & Edwards, i3 Joint Venture Wins Spot on $1.5B Department of Commerce Contract

WashngtonExec

Buchanan & Edwards and i3 joint venture BrightPoint LLC has won a position on the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Acquisition for Transformational Technology Services contract. This 10-year contract is valued at $1.5 billion. The Department of Commerce is involved in shaping trade, economic development and technology initiatives in the U.S. The CATTS program falls under the [.

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Procurement 6 – May 10th, 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 – May 10th, 2024 appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Lt. Col. Benjamin Pimentel Shares 4 Top Priorities for DOD’s FutureG Office

GovCon Wire

The ability to quickly exchange information is a determining factor of success on today’s battlefield, and achieving seamless connectivity requires a strong arsenal of network technologies. Advancing these capabilities has become a core part of the Department of Defense’s modernization strategy in recent years, and its FutureG Office is leading these efforts.

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White House report outlines R&D infrastructure pitfalls, emphasizes need for funding

FedScoop

Technology breakthroughs and U.S. leadership in research and development are hindered due to poor R&D infrastructure across the federal government, according to a new report from the White House. Released Thursday by the Office of Science and Technology Policy , the National Science and Technology (NSTC) subcommittee on Research and Development Infrastructure said in its report that old and “inadequate” infrastructure at the federal level is responsible for agencies’ inability to “meet their

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AWS Partner Kokomo24/7 transforms Los Angeles Unified School District’s health data system in one year

AWS Public Sector

In May 2022, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the US, encountered a problem. The COVID-tracking and health data system built for the district during the COVID-19 pandemic had become clunky, difficult to customize, and expensive to maintain. With more than 500,000 students in the system, LAUSD administrators wanted to lower the cost of their infrastructure technology to redirect funds toward supporting teachers and students with classroom reso

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Navigating Gen AI & Cloud: An Executive Spotlight with Accenture’s Kevin Heald

ExecutiveBiz

Artificial intelligence and cloud technologies are advancing faster than ever, opening up exciting new opportunities for innovation. In this Executive Spotlight interview, we spoke with Kevin Heald, managing director of Accenture Federal Services’ National Security portfolio, to learn more about how AI, cloud and other emerging technologies are shaping the cyber landscape and the GovCon ecosystem.

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Will the DOJ Whistleblower Program Permit Anonymous and Confidential Reporting?

Whistleblower Network News

As the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) continues on its 90-day policy sprint to develop a whistleblower award program , whistleblower advocates are pushing on the agency to implement proven best-practices found in other whistleblower programs. In a new piece for NYU Law’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement , leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M.

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Agencies Continue to Build Toward Their 5G Future

FedTech Magazine

Agencies continue to work toward the goal of connecting all employees through the same network, no matter their location, to boost efficiency and security. The Census Bureau envisions more than 600,000 enumerators for the 2030 census connecting to a private 5G network — whether from a regional office or at someone’s doorstep — in lieu of the cloud. However, the timing for that shift is likely six years away.

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3 Ways 5G Can Benefit the DOD

GovCon Wire

The ever-increasing pace of technological advancement has put pressure on the Department of Defense to ramp up its exploration of 5G, a technology that plays a major role in today’s digitally-driven battlefield.

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NSF is piloting an AI chatbot to connect people with grants

FedScoop

The National Science Foundation is piloting a public-facing AI chatbot for grant opportunities, while simultaneously using that process to shape future implementations of the technology, the agency’s top AI official said. The chatbot is aimed at making the process of looking for NSF grants easier, Dorothy Aronson, the agency’s chief AI officer told FedScoop.

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The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

Government Contracts

The legal market expanded more tentatively in 2023 than in previous years amid a slowdown in demand for legal services, especially in transactions, an area that has been sluggish but is expected to quicken in the latter half of the coming year.

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True Zero President Mike Fluharty Offers Insights on Emerging Tech & Cybersecurity Challenges

ExecutiveBiz

Mike Fluharty currently serves as president and a managing partner at True Zero Technologies, a veteran-owned small business with a wide portfolio of cybersecurity offerings. His interest in technology began during his college years, and his first career position at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services solidified his passion for the field.

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Cost Accounting for The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)

Redstone Government Consulting

If you want to provide cloud-based services to Federal Agencies, you will need to get your service approved through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) managed by the FedRAMP Program Management Office.

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Nearly $1 Million Settlement Resolves Whistleblower Allegations of Medically Unnecessary Spinal Surgeries

Whistleblower Network News

On May 7, U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman announced that two Tacoma hospitals and a former surgeon agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle False Claims Act (FCA) allegations of medically unnecessary spinal surgeries. The settlement resolves allegations brought forward by a qui tam whistleblower. According to the government, from 2013 to 2018, former Orthopedic Surgeon Kevin Schoenfelder billed spinal surgeries to government health programs, including Medicare, TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs, when

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Hitachi Vantara Federal CEO Mark Serway Shares Recent Company Growth Initiatives

GovCon Wire

Data is the new gold, according to GovCon industry executives and leaders. And as organizations see more and more data, the need to process, understand and leverage it becomes increasingly important.

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NASA has a new chief AI officer

FedScoop

NASA has named David Salvagnini, the space agency’s chief data officer, as its chief artificial intelligence officer, fulfilling a requirement laid out in recent White House guidance and President Joe Biden’s executive order on AI. In a press release , NASA said that Salvagnini will help lead the agency’s work on developing AI technology, as well as its collaborations with academic institutions and other experts.

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Richard Montoni Built a Career on Foundational Values, Teamwork and Integrity

WashngtonExec

Richard Montoni’s life, both at home and in the office, is built on hard work, education and family. These values shaped his upbringing and early decisions, leading to his C-suite success. Montoni is a director on Maximus’ board of directors and was the company’s CEO from 2006-2018, and chief financial officer and treasurer from 2002-2006. [.

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TaxBit Public Sector Leader Nathan Jones Discusses the Evolving Digital Asset Tax Landscape

ExecutiveBiz

Digital asset adoption continues to grow exponentially, and pending Treasury regulations will establish governance for how this asset class should be reported on for tax purposes.

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DPC Issues Guidance to DoD for Lack of Verifying Contractor Compliance with Whistleblower Protection Requirements

Redstone Government Consulting

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) issued a guidance memorandum dated March 18, 2024 to Agencies based on the results of the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) Audit of DoD Compliance on Whistleblower Protection Requirements. While the DoD IG found in most cases, that Contracting Officers included the DFARS 252.203-7002 Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower Rights clause in contracts, they did not verify whether contract

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TMF Helps Federal Agencies Modernize and Improve Service to Citizens

FedTech Magazine

The Technology Modernization Fund jump-started two major projects of the National Archives and Records Administration that will improve customer and employee experiences. With $9.1 million in TMF funds, NARA will upgrade two outdated IT systems no longer supported by its vendor with new cloud-based software. The new applications improve efficiencies and provide veterans and their families — and hundreds of federal agencies — with faster, more reliable and secure access to records.