February, 2024

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DoD’s multibillion dollar moving contract overcomes latest IT integration hurdle

Federal News Network

The Pentagon’s massive contract to overhaul the military’s system for moving military members’ belongings from one duty station to another has cleared its latest technical hurdle and is finally ready to start being used for moves, company officials involved with the multibillion dollar contract told investors Tuesday. A new round of IT integration testing, conducted in January, proved “successful,” said Stuart Bradie, the president and CEO of KBR.

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Future of Government Awards 2023 celebrate use of technology to transform people’s lives

AWS Public Sector

Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)—the leading UN organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change—the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Institute , and Public Digital , a consultancy whose purpose is to help global institutions thrive in the internet era, announced the recipients of the Future of Government Awards 2023.

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Rob Joyce leaving NSA at the end of March

FedScoop

The spy agency’s cyber director will be replaced by David Luber, deputy director of the Cybersecurity Directorate and former executive director of U.S. Cyber Command.

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WEST 2024: Artificial Intelligence Still Needs a Human Touch

FedTech Magazine

Artificial intelligence can be a valuable military tool, but several top military officials and industry experts said this week that they believe it will work best only if humans remain involved in its use. Speaking at WEST 2024 in San Diego, several officials talked about the coming use of AI in the Navy’s future hybrid fleet, a combination of manned and unmanned vessels.

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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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Top Pricing Execs to Watch in 2024

WashngtonExec

For WashingtonExec’s Top Pricing Execs to Watch in 2024, we identified the best of the best in building proper pricing models for success, bringing strategic thought leadership to each opportunity, and putting long-term growth and strategy first. Based on their accomplishments, impact on business goals and vision for the near-term future, these execs bring exactly what the GovCon community needs to empower competition and success.

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Supreme Court Decision in SOX Retaliation Case “A Major Win for Whistleblowers”

Whistleblower Network News

On February 8, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC , a Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower case with widespread implications for the ability of whistleblowers to seek anti-retaliation protections under federal whistleblower laws. The Supreme Court ruled that whistleblowers do not need to prove retaliatory intent in order to be protected under SOX.

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Modernizing Dam Safety – Digital Innovations for Proactive Monitoring & Mitigation Strategies

FedInsider

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE With a growing number of dams approaching their design service life, dam safety engineers are looking for ways to mitigate the risks related to public safety, aging infrastructure and rising maintenance costs. Modernizing dam monitoring and maintenance practices with digital advancements, including the latest automated condition monitoring solutions, drone-captured reality modeling and digital twins, are giving public sector dam operators to

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Bipartisan Senate proposal calls for AI workforce framework from NIST

FedScoop

A new bipartisan Senate bill seeks to improve the U.S. pipeline for jobs in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies through the development of a workforce framework from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The “ AI and Critical Technology Workforce Framework Act ,” introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., would direct NIST to create a workforce framework for AI and assess whether other critical or emerging technology areas might also bene

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What Is Memory Safety, and What Does It Mean for Federal Agencies?

FedTech Magazine

Federal agencies face a wide range of cybersecurity threats, including ransomware, insider attacks and phishing attacks. Some of these threats come from relatively new vectors such as Internet of Things devices. Others are much older and elemental, including memory safety. As far back as 1996, when Phrack magazine published an article by the hacker Aleph One titled “Smashing The Stack For Fun And Profit,” the world has known about memory safety vulnerabilities and how malicious actors can exploi

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Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

GovLoop

National Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday in March, which this year falls on March 1. Here’s a few ideas to help you honor the occasion. Take a moment to think about each person and communicate thanks. An individualized note can mean a lot. Recognize an employee at a meeting. Consider a creative gesture like a photo collage for the team that points out employee contributions.

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Sen. Ernst hopeful about fixes to small business contracting

Federal News Network

The fix is in for federal small business contracting. And this fix is actually a good one. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), chairman of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, are trying to correct a misunderstanding of congressional intent when it comes to how and when agencies should consider price when reviewing proposals for contracts.

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Cindy Bishop Named VP of Enterprise Capture at ICF

GovCon Wire

Candy Bishop, formerly senior director of capture and business development at Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), has joined ICF (Nasdaq: ICFI) as vice president of enterprise capture, according to a LinkedIn post. She brings to the role over three decades of industry experience in business development and account management.

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Data and AI: Top Trends Shaping Government in 2024

FedInsider

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 2:00PM EST | 1 Hour | 1 CPE The whirlwind of artificial intelligence tools in 2023 proved the government is eager to embrace the technology as soon as possible. An overwhelming 99% of agency leaders agree investing in safe and effective AI is essential to fulfilling their mission, according to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of ICF.

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FEMA employees brought government devices abroad without authorization, including to China and Iraq, document shows

FedScoop

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Office of the Chief Information Officer has tracked scores of employees bringing government mobile devices abroad, including to countries like China and Iraq, without authorization, according to a document obtained by FedScoop. The issue was highlighted in a DHS inspector general’s report published last July that pointed to concerns about how the emergency management agency handles the security of government-issued mobile devices.

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Marlin McFate Named Federal CTO, CISO at Cohesity

ExecutiveBiz

Marlin McFate , a more than 25-year technology industry executive, has joined data security software developer Cohesity as f ederal chief technology officer and chief information security officer. He most recently served as CTO for the public sector at Riverbed Technology.

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Federal Agencies Struggle on Cybersecurity Logging Benchmarks

FedTech Magazine

A Government Accountability Office report released in December raised some concerns about federal agencies’ ability to prepare for and respond to cyberthreats. Twenty of 23 agencies failed to meet cybersecurity incident response requirements laid out in Executive Order 14028, specifically in their investigation and remediation capabilities. A follow-up memo to the May 2021 White House directive laid out a tiered maturity model for agencies to follow.

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Senators Demand Answers on FinCEN’s Delayed Implementation of AML Whistleblower Program

Whistleblower Network News

On February 2, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) sent a letter to Andrea Gacki, the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), expressing concerns about significant delays in the implementation of the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Whistleblower Improvement Act. The three senators, who were instrumental in leading the Senate to its unanimous passage of the Act at the end of 2022 , wrote that “We were proud to introduce and pass

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SSC Seeks Proposals for Space & Cyber Tech Broad Agency Announcement

GovCon Wire

Space Systems Command has begun seeking concept papers for a potential five-year, $99 million broad agency announcement to develop, deliver and sustain cyber technologies designed to defend space assets from emerging threats.

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Diversity of Thought & Agency Success

FedInsider

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE Building a diverse workforce is about more than ensuring that different demographic groups are represented. There is increasing evidence in the global business community that companies with greater diversity in their employees significantly outperform those with little diversity. The same is true of federal agencies.

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DHS seeks 50 artificial intelligence experts for new AI Corps

FedScoop

The Department of Homeland Security is launching a “hiring sprint” to build a team of 50 artificial intelligence experts for its new “AI Corps.” “Now is the time for tech experts to make a real difference for our country and join the federal government,” the agency’s Chief Information Officer Eric Hysen said in a news release announcing the sprint Tuesday.

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Army CIO Leonel Garciga Earns 1st Wash100 Award for IT Innovation & Leadership

ExecutiveBiz

U.S. Army Chief Information Officer Leonel Garciga has been named to Executive Mosaic’s prestigious Wash100 list for 2024. Garciga’s bold approach to information technology modernization and his spirit of catalyzing innovation within the Army have earned him his first Wash100 Award. Vote for Garciga as your favorite 2024 Wash100 Award winner at Wash100.com !

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Need to Improve CX? Low-code Automated Testing Can Help

GovLoop

Government agencies have a lot riding on improving their constituents’ customer experience (CX), and they understand the consequences. That’s why the White House made CX a federal priority starting with an Executive Order issued in 2021, which recognized that every public interaction with government is an opportunity to build or lose trust, and why state CIOs have ranked CX a top priority every year since then.

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FAR Parts and Why They Matter to Government Contractors

Redstone Government Consulting

If you have Government contracts, you probably heard of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, or FAR, but how much do you know of its parts? Why is it important to know? How could it possibly impact me?

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Iridium CEO Matt Desch Secures 10th Wash100 Award for Driving Company Growth Streak, Prioritizing Service Innovation

GovCon Wire

Executive Mosaic is thrilled to include Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, in the 2024 roster of Wash100 Award recipients in recognition of his exemplary leadership of the McLean, Virginia-based satellite communications company and his commitment to innovation. Vote for Desch as your favorite GovCon leader as part of the 2024 Wash100 popular vote competition!

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Webinar Recap: 5 Ways GovSpend Can Help SLED Agencies Meet Procurement Goalss

GovSpend

In a recent webinar hosted by GovSpend Relationship Manager and SLED expert Paige Mockler, procurement professionals were shown how to leverage GovSpend’s public sector intelligence to meet their procurement goals. The agenda promised insights into vendor verification, sourcing new vendors, validating pricing against historical purchase orders, market research, and tailoring bids and RFQs for success.

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Federal IT officials call on CISA for tougher standards, more coordination

FedScoop

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has proven to be a critical partner and resource over the past five years for federal cybersecurity. But as CISA enters the second half of its first decade, the cyber agency and its Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative should focus on better governmentwide coordination and tougher security standards, a panel of federal IT officials said this week.

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V2X CHRO Jo Ann Bjornson Talks Talent Acquisition in Today’s Competitive Market

ExecutiveBiz

With Jo Ann Bjornson on board as V2X's chief human resources officer and senior vice president, the company is focusing on reinvigorating its brand, scaling its capabilities and bolstering its workforce. Executive Mosaic spoke with Bjornson, a former Leidos executive, about her vision for the future of the company’s workforce, how V2X is approaching its talent acquisition and why mission matters in a competitive market.

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How to Use Capabilities Briefing Decks to Start Conversations with Government Buyers

GovCon Chamber of Commerce

Every year, federal government buyers actively search for thousands of small business vendors who are ready to meet their procurement needs, ensuring projects are completed efficiently 'on spec, on time, and on budget'. As they seek out trustworthy small business partners, your small business profile will come under scrutiny. Your marketing assets are the face of your company – especially your 6-second Capability Statement, your 5-10 minute Capabilities Briefing deck , DSBS profile , compa

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Measuring Success: How Mac Curtis’ Leadership Helped to Turn Others Into Leaders

WashngtonExec

In government contracting, we usually judge leaders’ success by their company’s growth, mission success and reputation. But shouldn’t we also ask how good they are at turning others into leaders? For Mac Curtis, making leaders out of his team is a big sign of his leadership success. Five leaders once a part of Curtis’ leadership teams are [.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 5th Annual Space Summit

GovCon Wire

The Potomac Officers Club’s symposium on all things space domain is fast-approaching: the 5th Annual Space Summit will be held on March 5 at the Hilton-McLean in Virginia. At the event, the U.S.

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Engaging with Contracting Officers

Select GCR

Engaging with government contracting officers is a crucial step for small businesses looking to explore upcoming opportunities in government contracting for 2024. To effectively communicate with a contracting officer and position your small business, consider the following 10 steps: 1. Research and Preparation: You should always prepare yourself before speaking with the contracting officer.

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CIO-SP4 protests in federal claims court prompt extension request for existing vehicle

FedScoop

New bid protests filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over a $50 billion, governmentwide IT contract vehicle known as CIO-SP4 prompted the agency handling it to request for an extension of the existing vehicle, an official confirmed. “The CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business extension requests are currently being routed for approval,” Ricky Clark, deputy director of the National Institutes of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center ( NITAAC ), said in an emailed stat

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SAIC to Provide Torpedo System Test Sets to Navy Under $81M Task; Barbara Supplee Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

Science Applications International Corp. has secured a five-year, $80.5 million task order from the U.S. Navy to design, produce and deliver MK 710 torpedo system test sets for the submarine force. The MK 710 TSTS will be used to verify the integrity and operational readiness of MK 48 torpedos before their delivery to the service branch, SAIC said Thursday.

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Dr. Jeremiah P. Johnson

Whistleblower Network News

[link] In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast , host Jane Turner talks to Dr. Jeremiah P. Johnson, founder and director of the Lamplighter Project. Dr. Johnson recognized a need to support law enforcement whistleblowers who reported criminal misconduct in 2016 from experience in his own police department. Jeremiah has served in various sworn and civilian roles across the criminal justice system, including policing, sentencing, and corrections.

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Structuring the Unstructured: How We’re Using AI to Deliver New Public Sector Intelligence

GovSpend

I know what you’re thinking: Another post about AI and how it’s game-changing and if you’re not using it all day every day for everything you do, you’re miles behind the competition. Well, that might be half true. It’s genuinely game-changing technology, and if you’re not incorporating it into your business, you’re likely at a disadvantage. BUT, and this is a very big “but,” the right application of AI is far more impactful than whether you’re using it at all.

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Tria Federal Adds John Cho, Brian Wagner to Leadership Team; Tim Borchert Quoted

GovCon Wire

Tria Federal, an information technology and advisory services provider, has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of technology leader John Cho as its first chief technology officer and Brian Wagner, a public affairs officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, as vice president of marketing and communications.