January, 2024

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11 Ways Federal Buyers Will Find Small Business Contractors in 2024

GovCon Chamber of Commerce

If you are a small businesses seeking federal contracts in 2024, you must prioritize your visibility and attractiveness to federal buyers. If they can't find you, they can't buy from you! The first step in the 7 Step Process for Federal Success is making your small business visible and easy to find. When federal buyers are looking for a partner to meet their program requirements, you want to be the first company they see.

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Dataminr Government President Dana Barnes Breaks Down the Responsible AI Executive Order

GovCon Wire

Dataminr President of Government Business Dana Barnes recently shared his thoughts with GovCon Wire about the Executive Order on the Responsible Use of AI, where he’d like to see federal legislation on AI go next, company ventures of note and much more. If you're a government contractor and want to go deeper on all things AI in the federal space, you must attend Potomac Officers Club's 5th Annual AI Summit.

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White House moves to ease education requirements for federal cyber jobs

FedScoop

The post White House moves to ease education requirements for federal cyber jobs appeared first on FedScoop.

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CyberSmart 2024: Cybersecurity Faces a Rapidly Changing Landscape – Washington DC

FedInsider

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM EST | 3 CPE | Washington DC Cybersecurity has always contended with evolving threats. As the internet has become more embedded into social and economic life and smart phones, tablets and other handheld devices become ubiquitous, bad actors have devised new attacks to capitalize on new vulnerabilities. And just as agencies are implementing zero trust architecture to help with this wave, other IT developments are threatening to upend cybersecurity even

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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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Introducing Art of Supply

Art of Procurement

Effective today, Dial P for Procurement is the Art of Supply podcast. Building on the strength of the category-leading Art. The post Introducing Art of Supply appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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A tech pipeline for rural communities: West Virginia joins AWS Tech Alliance

AWS Public Sector

Last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the AWS Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance to improve the employment gap by increasing tech skills globally. The initiative brings together a coalition of Fortune 500 companies and other employers, government agencies, workforce development organizations, and education leaders to better prepare learners for entry-level tech careers.

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How Contractors Can Secure a Spot on NASA’s SEWP VI Contract

GovCon Wire

NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement, or SEWP, contract is now in its sixth iteration, and it’s unlocking bigger opportunities for industry than ever before. In a new video interview , Executive Mosaic spoke with Deltek’s Vice President of Research, Carey Webster , to learn more about the contract and what contractors need to do to prepare for the upcoming RFP.

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ICE says it’s stopped using commercial telemetry data

FedScoop

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stopped using commercial telemetry data, which can include phone data that reveals a person’s location, an agency spokesperson confirmed to FedScoop. “Like other law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) employs various forms of technology to investigate violations of the law, while appropriately respecting civil liberties and privacy interests,” the spokesperson said.

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How Does the Federal Government Keep Elections Secure?

FedTech Magazine

The security of the electoral process has become a paramount concern for cybersecurity experts in recent years. From foreign meddling to disinformation campaigns, election officials and their cyber teams have security top of mind. While states and local communities are in charge of the technology and data needed to run an election, federal agencies play a key role in helping to ensure the integrity of a process that is fundamental to democracy.

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VP Bill Cull Talks SpyCloud’s Role in Safeguarding Government in the New Era of Cybercrime

ExecutiveBiz

Bill Cull has led a 25-year career assisting technology companies in creating and marketing programs to serve the government’s mission. He has served in senior leadership positions at companies such as IBM, Splunk, Oracle and Palo Alto Networks. He is now VP of the U.S. federal business at SpyCloud. In this Spotlight interview, Cull outlined the demands of the new era of cybercrime that has developed over the last decade, the value and risks of open-source intelligence and more.

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15 startups selected for the inaugural AWS Education Accelerator

AWS Public Sector

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced 15 startup companies selected to participate in the inaugural AWS Education Accelerator. Announced in October 2023, the AWS Education Accelerator supports education technology (EdTech) startups who are innovating to enhance the teaching and learning experience and improve educational outcomes. As education continues to evolve, data-driven decision making is a powerful strategy to transform teaching and learning practices and unlock new opportunities for

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Applying Zero Trust Architecture in State & Local Government

FedInsider

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 2:00PM EST | 1 Hour | 1 CPE State and local governments had to adapt quickly to the effects of the pandemic, as workers and residents alike were encouraged to shelter in their homes. This created major challenges for agencies’ IT systems and technical support staff. Rather than using a “hub-and-spoke” method of connecting employees to servers, data, applications, and each other – where cybersecurity focused on firewalls around the perimeter – suddenly the systems had

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GovCon Expert Chuck Brooks on Protecting the Cyber Frontier of Space Systems—Part One

GovCon Wire

By Chuck Brooks, President of Brooks Consulting International Protecting the frontier of space systems is unquestionably a security priority for governments and industry. Due to our increasing reliance on space, and particularly satellites, for communications, security, intelligence and business, satellite and space cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important in this new digital era.

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Degree requirements are hurting government’s AI recruitment efforts, House lawmakers and experts say

FedScoop

Federal employment standards for artificial intelligence-trained employees are burdensome and end up discouraging workers who are knowledgeable in the emerging tech from seeking such jobs, lawmakers and witnesses said during a House Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Government Innovation subcommittee hearing Wednesday. AI-trained employees who have been upskilled and certified through intensive training programs rather than earning a degree from a four-year institution can be considered

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OPM, GSA, SEC Provide Updates on Zero-Trust Plans

FedTech Magazine

When the Office of Personnel and Management secured $9.9 million from the Technology Modernization Fund to support its zero-trust security efforts, the agency was thinking big. “We wanted to tackle it all,” says OPM CISO James Saunders of its journey to a zero-trust architecture. “Because if you tried to do it sequentially — maybe networks first, then data, then identity — it would take too much time.

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Federal Cloud Transformation: Navigating Challenges With a Zero-Trust Approach

GovLoop

Digital transformation is a driving force for government agencies, with cloud technology playing a pivotal role. However, the focus isn’t solely on adopting modern IT; it’s equally about safeguarding it. The expansive security perimeter of a cloud network poses a significant challenge, considering that every connected device becomes a potential entry point for cyberattacks.

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Northwestern University Libraries make research more efficient, accessible with AWS Lambda

AWS Public Sector

Libraries are where we explore, wade into the unknown, and seek answers. With that mission at the forefront, the technologists and librarians at Northwestern University Libraries (NUL) continually strive to improve their online libraries to enable user discovery and innovation. When they found a technology standard that could make research more efficient and open, they acted.

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Kimberly Cadarette

Whistleblower Network News

[link] In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast , FBI whistleblower Jane Turner speaks with Ottawa police whistleblower Constable Kimberly Cadarette, who faced retaliation for reporting sexual harassment within the Ottawa Police Department. Turner and Cadarette discuss their shared experience as female law enforcement whistleblowers and the sinister way “Fitness for Duty” exams were leveraged against them in retaliation for whistleblowing.

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Executive Mosaic Announces 2024 Wash100 Award Winners

GovCon Wire

Executive Mosaic , the preeminent media, events and membership organization of the government contracting sector, is proud to announce the winners of the prestigious 2024 Wash100 Award. Each year, Executive Mosaic’s coveted Wash100 Award recognizes the most promising and outstanding executives to watch in the coming year. Read below for the full list of winners.

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Energy Department has cyber threats to infrastructure in mind with $70 million funding offer

FedScoop

The Department of Energy is offering $70 million in funds toward research and development for technology that would protect delivery infrastructure against cyber-related threats and other physical hazards, part of what a senior agency official said is the prioritization of “the operational technology side of the house.” The All-Hazards Energy Resilience funding opportunity will be managed by the DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, and a senior CESER official sa

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Collaborative Initiatives Define Amentum’s Strategy for the Future, Says VP Seth Eaton

ExecutiveBiz

Engineering and project management contractor Amentum ended 2023 with a number of notable accomplishments. Its team is particularly excited about the establishment of a technology council composed of the organization’s foremost technical minds. “The Council is the connective tissue for technology across Amentum,” Vice President of Technology Innovation Seth Eaton told ExecutiveBiz.

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Resh(AI)ping Good Administration: Addressing the mass effects of public sector digitalisation

How to Crack a Nut

Happy New Year! I hope 2024 is off to a good start for you. My last project of last year (finished on the buzzer…) was a paper expanding the ideas first floated in the DigiCon blog post ‘ Resh(AI)ping good administration: beyond systemic risks vs individual rights? ’, which sparked interesting discussion at the DigiCon III conference last fall. With a slightly different (and hopefully clearer) title, the paper is now under peer-review (and so, as always, comments welcome ahead of a final revisio

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Automation Is Helping Government Cut Costs

FedTech Magazine

Agencies want to know they’re getting maximum returns on their digital initiatives because IT spending represents a major portion of their budgets. Technology helps agencies save money in addition to boosting efficiencies these days. Strategic investments help agencies maximize their productivity when funding is readily available, and when it’s not, optimized spending can mean the difference between mission success and failure.

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Government Spending on Small Businesses: Fueling Growth

Select GCR

As the economic landscape continues to evolve, small businesses remain a cornerstone of growth, innovation, and job creation. Recently, governments at various levels recognized the pivotal role played by small enterprises, allocating substantial funds to support their development. In this blog, we delve into the agencies and departments of the government that invested in small businesses throughout the year, exploring the impact it had on government contracting.

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OpenAI Lifts Military Ban, Opens Doors to DOD for Cybersecurity Collab

GovCon Wire

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 16, it was revealed that OpenAI and the Department of Defense will be collaborating on artificial intelligence-based cybersecurity technology. To continue the conversation on the most daunting cyber threats and how the government is working with industry to solve them, register and attend the Potomac Officers Club’s 2024 Cyber Summit.

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White House is ‘doubling down’ on accessibility when it comes to digital experiences

FedScoop

As federal agencies check off boxes in the Office of Management and Budget’s digital-first public experience mandate, the White House is “doubling down” on the policy document’s callout for strengthened accessibility across platforms. Jonathan Finch, the White House’s acting director for digital experience, said during a webinar Tuesday that the General Services Administration’s Technology Modernization Fund is staying especially busy with requests of that kind, which are coming in the aftermath

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Exploring AI’s Potential From Healthcare to Space With Carahsoft’s Tim Boltz

ExecutiveBiz

Executive Mosaic spoke with Tim Boltz , director of the healthcare business at Carahsoft , to learn more about the AI demand signals coming from the federal landscape and better understand how AI will work in tandem with other emerging technologies and concepts to support a myriad of missions in the public sector.

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The Future of Data-Based Decision-Making

GovLoop

Goal: Ensure that agencies are staying, if not current with technology, no more than one or two cycles behind. People use assorted metaphors to describe modernization: a journey, construction project, ballgame, etc. But Heather T. Kowalski, Chief Information Officer for Interpol Washington, calls it something else: a lava flow. One improvement needs to solidify, she said, before others can follow, advancing a little further each time.

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AMD Is Empowering Agencies with AI-Enabled Client Systems

FedTech Magazine

Integrated artificial intelligence is opening the door to exciting possibilities in client computing and databases as it sparks a wave of innovation across the technology industry. Semiconductor giant AMD has made significant strides by integrating AI engines with client systems, from fourth-generation, Windows 11-supported Epyc and Ryzen processors to its MI300X virtual machines.

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How to Increase Government IT Agility (E133)

FedInsider

Large organizations, whether public or private, all have challenges in making the digital transformation. Today, we sit down with public and private sector leaders who have had success in managing to make large, state-based systems adapt to today’s world of rapid change. Ajay Gupta, Chief Digital Transformation Officer for California’s DMV shares his thoughts on the benefits to customizable options, commonly called “low code, no code” and how being sensitive to legacy systems is key for organiza

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Sean Moriarty, CEO of Primer Federal, Inc. is POC’s 5th Annual Artificial Intelligence Summit Moderator

GovCon Wire

Artificial intelligence key resource persons such as Sean Moriarty and several others from all industries within the private and government sectors gather together during POC’s Annual AI Summit to discuss relevant technologies in the government contracting sector. Sean Moriarty: Getting to know the driving force behind Primer Federal, Inc.

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A tangled mess: Government rules for social media security lack clarity

FedScoop

In wake of SEC breach, federal policymakers, agencies, and experts can't seem to agree on whether agencies must use MFA on social media.

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SandboxAQ Dives Deeper Into AI Simulation With Good Chemistry Acquisition; Jen Sovada Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

SandboxAQ has acquired computational chemistry company Good Chemistry for an undisclosed amount. Good Chemistry’s array of offerings includes artificial intelligence, quantum and additional technologies , which will deepen SandboxAQ’s computational chemistry and simulation portfolio, the Palo Alto, California-based organization announced on Tuesday.

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Government Intervenes in Qui Tam Whistleblower Suit Alleging Massive Fraud at Hanford Nuclear Site

Whistleblower Network News

On January 24, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington announced that it had filed a Complaint against Hanford Mission Integration Solutions, LLC (HMIS), alleging fraudulent labor overcharging at the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Nuclear Site. The False Claim Act (FCA) allegations stem from a qui tam suit filed by Bradley Keever, a sprinkler fitter in the fire protection group at HMIS.

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ManTech Debuts Government-focused Data Analytics, AI Solutions Practice

WashngtonExec

ManTech has launched its Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Solutions Practice, building on its extensive experience in serving defense, intelligence and federal civilian clients. Vice President Brandy Durham, who has over 20 years of experience with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and IBM in applying commercial AI solutions to national security challenges, leads the new practice. [.

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DCAA Publishes the 2024 Compensation Cap

Redstone Government Consulting

Our friendly DCAA auditors have taken up the government requirement to calculate and publish annually the new compensation cap as provided for in Section 702 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (BBA; Pub. L. 113-67), dated December 26, 2013. The 2024 cap amount is $646,000. Below, we have provided the compensation caps going back to 2016.

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