March, 2024

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Shipping Company Involved in Baltimore Bridge Collapse Retaliated Against Whistleblower

Whistleblower Network News

Maersk Line Limited, the company that chartered the cargo ship that crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, was sanctioned by the Department of Labor (DOL) in July 2023 for retaliating against a whistleblower who raised safety concerns. The DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that Maersk illegally fired a seaman who reported a variety of safety concerns to the U.S.

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The four key drivers that can enable better IT procurement

Open Contracting Partnership

Bridging the digital divide: Implementing open procurement for effective digital transformation Digital transformation is arguably the most important administrative undertaking of governments around the world. From healthcare management and social safety net technology to managing vaccine sign-ups during the pandemic , governments simply need to buy IT better.

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Treasure Hunting with TJX

Art of Procurement

The last few years have not been kind to retailers. Inventory misalignment has dragged down revenue and working capital. Companies. The post Treasure Hunting with TJX appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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6 foundational capabilities you need for generative AI

AWS Public Sector

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is easy to use—and that’s what makes the technology so exciting. But it’s important not to confuse ease of use with effortless deployment. The value of generative AI is inextricably linked to the technology’s reliability and traceability, as described in our earlier blog post, Generative AI: Understand the challenges to realize the 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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VA Seeks Offers for $14B Integrated Healthcare Transformation 2.0 Contract

GovCon Wire

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a request for proposals for the potential 10-year, $14 billion follow-on Integrated Healthcare Transformation contract. IHT 2.

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Tech issues are part of the problem — and solution — for FOIA backlog, GAO finds

FedScoop

The ever-increasing backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests for federal agencies is due in part to technological issues facing the workers charged with fulfilling them, a new Government Accountability Office report found. The congressional watchdog, tasked by a bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers to investigate FOIA response delays, found that the backlog jumped from 14% in 2013 to 22% in 2022, with the growing complexity of requests, staffing shortages and increasing threats of liti

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Protecting APIs & Sensitive Data

FedInsider

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE In today’s interconnected digital landscape, application programming interfaces (APIs) play a pivotal role in facilitating seamless communication and data exchange between various applications and systems. However, with this increased connectivity comes heightened security risks, particularly concerning the protection of sensitive data in those APIs.

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Material Security’s Dan Skinner Evaluates Shifting Cybersecurity Ecosystem

ExecutiveBiz

Dan Skinner , head of federal go-to-market at Material Security , began his career nearly three decades ago and has since garnered a wealth of technical and leadership experience. In a recent Executive Spotlight interview with ExecutiveBiz, Skinner assessed the ways in which the cybersecurity landscape has changed over the past few years and shared his insights on the role of the cloud on this transformation.

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How Pearson improves its resilience with AWS Fault Injection Service

AWS Public Sector

Introduction Application owners are committed to developing new applications and enhancing existing ones rapidly as a top business priority. However, when it comes to mission-critical applications, whose availability is vital for business operations, owners must allocate dedicated time to design and rigorously test the resilience of their applications.

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Quzara’s Saif Rahman: DIB Organizations Should Put Emphasis on Security Visibility, Maintain SOC Capability

GovCon Wire

Saif Rahman, CEO and co-founder of Quzara, said defense industrial base organizations looking to comply with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework should focus on having security visibility through auditing, monitoring and generating security logs to better understand the vulnerabilities they face. In an article published on Carahsoft.

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Peaceful protests, lawful assembly can’t be sole reason for DOJ facial recognition use under interim policy

FedScoop

Activities protected under the First Amendment, such as peaceful protests and lawful assembly, “may not be the sole basis for the use of” facial recognition technology under the Justice Department’s interim policy governing its deployment of the technology, the agency told a civil rights panel. In written testimony submitted to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last week, the DOJ shared details of its approach to using facial recognition technology, or FRT, including its interim policy, which

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Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Captures and Preserves Delicate Treasures

FedTech Magazine

The Smithsonian Institution’s massive collection includes items too fragile to put on display or so complex that they’re difficult for scientists to study. Its Digitization Program Office takes these objects and creates 3D scans that preserve them for history, research and outreach to people who may not be able to visit the Washington, D.C., museums.

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Make Progress in Incident Response & Reporting

FedInsider

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE When Executive Order 14028, “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” was issued in May 2021, it included directives for agencies to establish several incident response and logging procedures, including sharing information on incident detection and response, by August 2023. In August of that year, the Office of Management and Budget issued Memorandum 21-31 setting specific requirements for agencies to meet, for which the Cybersecurity a

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SandboxAQ’s Jen Sovada Wins 1st Wash100 Award for Quantum Leadership & Education

ExecutiveBiz

Executive Mosaic is pleased to induct Jen Sovada , president of global public sector at SandboxAQ and chair of Executive Mosaic’s 4x24 Quantum Group , into the ranks of the 2024 Wash100. Sovada won her first Wash100 Award this year for her leadership and expertise in the emerging quantum field and for her work helping government customers understand and harness the power of quantum.

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Whistleblower Allegations Lead to $600K Home Health Care Settlement

Whistleblower Network News

On March 12, Dena J. King, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced that Family First Home Health Care, Inc. (Family First), a home health care agency in Gastonia, N.C., and its owner, Marion James, have agreed to collectively pay $600,000 to resolve claims brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA).

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General Dynamics Electric Boat Secures $145M Navy Contract Modification for Submarine Engineering Support

GovCon Wire

A General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) subsidiary will continue to help the U.S. Navy design and provide engineering support for operational strategic and attack submarines under a potential $145 million contract modification. The award also extends technical, design agent and planning yard support services for the service branch, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

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Transportation Department to examine consumer privacy issues with big airlines

FedScoop

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday that the agency is launching a privacy review of the country’s top airlines. Airlines can access several forms of personal information about passengers, including through apps, online purchases, software used by flight attendants , and, increasingly, biometric screening systems. While the Department of Transportation isn’t typically associated with investigations into digital rights violations, the agency says it has the authority to imp

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DOD Drives New Interest in 5G Networks Across Government

FedTech Magazine

Upgrading to a 5G network is a simple matter for citizens; our carriers and phones do it for us. But when it comes to a government transition, there’s more advance work that needs to be done. The federal government’s move to 5G accelerated when the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 became law at the end of December 2023. The NDAA requires the Defense Department to develop private 5G networks at military bases and other DOD facilities.

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So, You Want to Manage a Proposal? Things Every First-Time Proposal Manager Should Know

Key Solutions

Stepping into a Proposal Manager role for the first time can be overwhelming and intimidating. Many proposal professionals learn on the job or through a trial-by-fire scenario. The “this is fine” meme comes to mind.

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Seagate’s Bill Downer Shares Thoughts on Data Security & Zero Trust

ExecutiveBiz

Bill Downer , vice president of national programs at Seagate Federal , believes “the edge is everywhere,” no matter where the data is collected and stored. He is a strong advocate for defending data at rest, and at Seagate, he leads the company’s delivery of secure data storage products to federal agencies. In a recent Executive Spotlight interview with ExecutiveBiz , Downer discussed Seagate’s most impactful partnerships, highlighted emerging cyber threats and shared his insights on zero trust

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DOJ to Launch Whistleblower Award Program

Whistleblower Network News

On March 7, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be rolling out a whistleblower award program this year. “We’re planning something new: a DOJ-run whistleblower rewards program,” Monaco announced in a speech at American Bar Association’s 39th National Institute on White Collar Crime. “The premise is simple: if an individual helps DOJ discover significant corporate or financial misconduct — otherwise unknown to us — then the individual could quali

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What Open Source Means for the Future of the Intelligence Community

GovCon Wire

Open source intelligence encompasses any publicly or commercially available information, and with today’s vast catalog of data from news websites, social media, broadcast television and more, it has grown into a prominent force in U.S. intelligence missions. The Potomac Officers Club’s 10th Annual Intel Summit in September will cover a wide range of relevant intelligence topics.

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IRS needs to move quicker on its IT modernization planning, GAO says

FedScoop

The Internal Revenue Service needs to pick up the pace on finalizing its IT modernization plans or risk falling short of the transformational potential it’s been afforded by a multibillion-dollar funding infusion, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Of the nearly $80 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funds appropriated to the tax agency as a whole, $4.8 billion has been set aside for business systems modernization while another $25.3 billion is ticketed for operations su

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2024 Chief Officer Awards Finalists Unveiled

WashngtonExec

Congratulations to all the Chief Officer Awards finalists and nominees across industry and government! Join us May 10, 11:30 a.m. at The Hilton in McLean, Virginia, for an in-person event and luncheon. In the coming weeks, we will be posting Q&As with some of the finalists, so keep your eye out for that. Below are [.

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Early Bird Agencies Have Begun Deploying Windows 11

FedTech Magazine

Better to be an early adopter than one scrambling to do everything at the last minute. That’s how Joe Powers sees it. As associate CIO for enterprise infrastructure solutions at the Office of Personnel Management, Powers is leading the agency’s rollout of Microsoft Windows 11. The new operating system replaces Windows 10, which will reach end of life in October 2025.

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CBP Unveils Plan for Cloud Services Acquisition Recompete

ExecutiveBiz

The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection intends to recompete a multiple-award contract for the procurement of cloud computing services. CBP expects the acquisition effort to have a ceiling value of over $100 million and anticipates release of a solicitation for the planned indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by May 1.

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Compliance Official Receives $1.25 Million CFTC Whistleblower Award

Whistleblower Network News

On March 14, the U.S. Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a $1.25 million whistleblower award. The whistleblower’s information “was quite significant because it, and it alone, caused the Division of Enforcement (Division) to open the investigation underlying the Covered Action,” according to the award order. Through the CFTC Whistleblower Program , qualified whistleblowers, individuals who voluntarily provide original information which leads to a successful enforce

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State Department OKs Poland’s $3.7B FMS Requests for Missile Defense Systems

GovCon Wire

The State Department has approved Poland’s foreign military sales requests worth $3.68 billion combined to procure short-, medium- and extended-range air defense missiles from the U.S. government. Poland has requested 821 Lockheed Martin-manufactured (NYSE: LMT) Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range missiles and associated logistics and program support under a potential $1.

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Congressional Research Service looking at AI for bill summaries

FedScoop

The Congressional Research Service is exploring the use of artificial intelligence to summarize legislation, which could potentially alleviate some of the agency’s backlog, CRS’s interim director told lawmakers Wednesday. “One of the things that we’re very excited about is a process that we’re looking at right now to develop five models that would help us with bill summaries,” Robert Newlen, CRS’s interim director, said at a hearing before the Committee on House Administration’s modernization su

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Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) 408 - Accounting for Costs of Compensated Person Absence

Redstone Government Consulting

Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) 408 was put in place to provide consistency in the measurement and allocation of vacation, sick leave, holiday, and other compensated personal absences. Today, many contractors refer to all paid time off as “PTO.

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How MLOps Helps Agencies Get the Most out of AI

GovLoop

Building a large AI data model from scratch is prohibitively expensive for most organizations. But the release of AI foundation models, particularly large language models (LLM), has allowed organizations to take advantage of broader community investments in AI. But there’s a catch: Agencies need to tweak and train these models to meet their specific objectives, maintain privacy and ensure regulatory compliance.

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How AutogenAI Has Tapped a New AI Use Case in GovCon, With CEO Elizabeth Lukas

ExecutiveBiz

The use cases for artificial intelligence don’t stop multiplying in the government contracting industry and since its founding in 2021, AutogenAI has developed a new one: using AI to assist the proposal writing process. Noted business leader Elizabeth Lukas came aboard the company last fall as its Americas CEO. Recently, we sat down with Lukas to gain an understanding about AutogenAI’s unique offerings and inquire what the company’s performance tells us about the federal marketplace.

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SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification with Select GCR

Select GCR

A Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) is a company majority owned and run by veterans who have served in the military. These businesses are important because they bring the unique skills and experiences gained during military service into the business world. Government agencies and big companies often give special opportunities to VOSBs, like contracts and resources, to help them grow.

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Cytellix’s Brian Berger on Transforming Cybersecurity Through Governance, Risk & Compliance Combined With MDR

GovCon Wire

Brian Berger, president of Cytellix, said merging governance, risk and compliance with managed detection and response could enable organizations to improve their cybersecurity posture. “When companies combine GRC and MDR capabilities, however, they create a measurable and comprehensive approach to cybersecurity risk and compliance,” Berger wrote in an article published on Carahsoft.com.

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New FedRAMP roadmap details imminent plans for modernization

FedScoop

Citing the need to evolve beyond the computing infrastructure support system capabilities that have been its hallmark since 2011, the FedRAMP program on Thursday released a new roadmap for how it intends to embrace modernization. Modernizing the governmentwide compliance program for cloud services has been top of mind for Washington IT leaders in recent years, most notably with the passing of the FedRAMP Authorization Act in 2022 and the release of an Office of Management and Budget draft policy

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DoD Creates Confusion Related to Commercial Subcontracts

Redstone Government Consulting

In November of 2023, DoD issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to partially implement a section of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) addressing the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and DFARS contract clauses impacting prime or higher-tier contractors issuing commercial subcontracts for commercial products, including commercially available off-the-shelf items, and commercial services.

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