Sat.May 11, 2024 - Fri.May 17, 2024

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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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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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International Anti-Corruption Groups Join in Call for DOJ Whistleblower Program to Follow Best Practices

Whistleblower Network News

Since the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was engaging in a “90-day sprint” to develop a whistleblower awards program, whistleblower advocates in the U.S. have called on the DOJ to implement proven best practices for the program. Now anti-corruption groups from over twenty countries have joined in the call, noting that the program will have a massive transnational reach.

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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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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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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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3 Major Trends Shaping the Federal Healthcare Landscape

GovCon Wire

Advancements in digital technologies have reached every corner of the federal government, and healthcare agencies are exploring the unique benefits they offer for patient care and cutting-edge research projects.

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Government AI funding among priorities in Senate working group roadmap

FedScoop

A bipartisan Senate working group focused on artificial intelligence released a policy roadmap Wednesday, highlighting multiple areas where it says there’s consensus, such as increasing federal research funding. The roadmap outlines policy areas the working group believes “merit bipartisan consideration” and summarizes findings from that group’s insight forums held last year with AI leaders from industry, academia and advocacy groups.

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Airbus to Pitch Unmanned UH-72 Helicopter for Marine Corps Logistics Drone Program; Rob Geckle Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

The unmanned version of the Lakota UH-72 helicopter has been selected for inclusion in the first phase of the U.S. Marine Corps Aerial Logistics Connector program, The War Zone reported Tuesday.

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How the Army’s Project Convergence Is Driving CJADC2 Progress

GovCon Wire

Project Convergence materialized in 2020 with a goal of connecting Army sensors, command and control nodes and shooters at the tactical level. While the initiative was originally created to tackle Army-specific problems, its reach has dramatically expanded over time.

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In a First, SEC Awards Whistleblower who Appealed Denial Before Court of Appeals

Whistleblower Network News

For the first time, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded a whistleblower after the whistleblower appealed a denial before the U.S. Court of Appeals. On April 3, the SEC issued an order granting a whistleblower award of more than $2,000,000 to one whistleblower and an award of over $400,000 to another. Both whistleblowers voluntarily provided original information which contributed to a successful enforcement action.

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GSA focused on cloud procurement efforts for agencies, official says

FedScoop

As Congress works on legislation to fill in gaps regarding cloud procurement in federal acquisition regulation, a General Services Administration official said Wednesday that the agency has stepped in to help guide agencies. During the Scoop News Group-produced Amazon Web Services Innovate Day event, Skip Jentsch, cloud products manager for GSA, shared that the agency is focused on “new” special ordering procedures implemented for procuring cloud computing on a consumption basis.

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Concetta Yates Joins Red River as Head of Data Analytics & AI

ExecutiveBiz

Concetta Yates, an executive with 25 years of information technology sector experience, was named head of data analytics and artificial intelligence at Red River, a provider of technology transformation services for government and enterprise customers.

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Matt Garman to Succeed Adam Selipsky as AWS CEO

GovCon Wire

Matt Garman, senior vice president of AWS sales, marketing and global services at Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), will succeed Adam Selipsky as CEO of Amazon Web Services, effective June 3. Amazon President and CEO Andy Jassy announced the leadership transition in a message to AWS staff published Tuesday.

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Energy and Environmental Services: Catalysts for a Sustainable Future

USFCR

Energy and Environmental Services: Catalysts for a Sustainable Future The federal government's commitment to sustainability and the environment, demonstrated through billions in investment, presents vast opportunities for businesses in the energy and environmental services sector. This comprehensive guide is designed to help your business navigate the growing demand for sustainable solutions, positioning your offerings as essential to the national agenda for a greener planet.

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‘Devastating’ NSF funding cuts present a ‘national security issue,’ officials tell House panel

FedScoop

Witnesses representing the National Science Foundation and its governing board at a Thursday House hearing underscored, in no uncertain terms, the negative impacts that decreased funding levels for science will have on the agency’s research priorities. “The more we cut, the more the ideas that are being proposed to NSF in quantum, in AI will not be funded.

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NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce Places New Orders for Commercial SSA Services With 5 Vendors

ExecutiveBiz

Five companies will continue providing commercial space situational awareness data and services for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Space Commerce through the end of June through new orders awarded by OSC to support the Consolidated Pathfinder project.

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V2X’s Chuck Prow Bestowed With 10th Wash100 Award by Executive Mosaic’s Jim Garrettson

GovCon Wire

Chuck Prow, the outgoing CEO at V2X, received his 10th Wash100 Award this year. Jim Garrettson, the award’s founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Prow with the plaque at an in-person meeting at V2X’s McLean, Virginia headquarters last week. The Wash100 Award annually celebrates the finest talent shaping the government contracting sector.

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Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

Government Contracts

A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

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NIST issues final guidance update for protecting sensitive information

FedScoop

Final versions of two publications that the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued Tuesday are aimed at helping contractors and other organizations protect and secure controlled unclassified information they handle. The guidance comes after the agency solicited feedback on drafts of the documents last year, and clarifies previous NIST guidance that included language inconsistent with the agency’s source catalog of security and privacy controls.

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Noblis CEO Mile Corrigan Accepts 2024 Wash100 Award

ExecutiveBiz

Noblis CEO Mile Corrigan collected her 2024 Wash100 Award from Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson on the sidelines of a 4×24 Leadership Group dinner event last week. The Wash100 Award is the most coveted recognition in the government contracting industry, honoring leaders whose accomplishments signify they will be the drivers of the sector in the near future.

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Raytheon CIO Ken Wilcox on Enabling Digital Transformation While Empowering Teams to Navigate Change

GovCon Wire

Raytheon Vice President and Chief Information Officer Ken Wilcox has built his career on curiosity, embracing change and seizing opportunities, even if the challenge was uncomfortable. Wilcox came up through the ranks, having spent most of the last 25 years at RTX and various affiliated organizations.

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DC Judge Urged To Halt Offshore Wind Project Construction

Government Contracts

Advocacy groups and a cohort of Rhode Island residents want a D.C. federal judge to halt construction on a wind farm off the coast of the Ocean State while they press claims that the federal government violated myriad environmental laws in approving the project.

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Sigma Defense Snags $4.7M Army Contract AI Powered Virtual Training Environment

WashngtonExec

Sigma Defense won a 12-month, $4.7 million contract to support the Army’s Operator Maintainer Immersive Virtual Reality Environment for Intelligence Training. The company partnered with Brightline Interactive to develop a next-generation training ecosystem that uses spatial computing and augmented intelligence workflows to create a virtual training environment.

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BAE Systems Receives $54M Navy Contract to Develop Towed Decoy System for Super Hornet Fighters

ExecutiveBiz

BAE Systems secured a contract with the U.S. Navy to design and develop the Dual Band Decoy, a radio frequency countermeasure that shields fighter jets from enemy attacks by disrupting enemy radar and luring missiles away. The decoy has a towed unit connected by fiber-optic cable to an aircraft’s electronic warfare equipment, BAE said Wednesday.

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GovCIO Subsidiary Awarded Spot on $1.5B US Courts Judiciary IT Services Contract

GovCon Wire

Lamb Informatics, a wholly owned subsidiary of GovCIO, has secured a spot on a potential five-year, $1.5 billion Administrative Office of the United States Courts Judiciary IT Services blanket purchase agreement.

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Pa. Justices Vexed By DA Funding In Spat Over Kleinbard Bill

Government Contracts

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court seemed to want more information Tuesday about the source of the former Lancaster County district attorney's "program funds" before wading into whether the DA had the discretion to spend those funds on Kleinbard LLC's legal fees rather than asking his county commissioners for approval.

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2024 Chief Officer Awards Winners Revealed

WashngtonExec

WashingtonExec on May 10 unveiled the winners of the Chief Officer Awards, an annual program that celebrates influential and innovative executives in government and industry in the C-suite. The event took place at The Hilton in McLean, Virginia, where hundreds of attendees came together for a memorable in-person luncheon. Along with the government and industry [.

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Citizant Promotes Pamela Schoppert to Chief People Officer

ExecutiveBiz

Citizant, a business and IT products and services provider to the U.S. government, has promoted Pamela Schoppert, formerly the company’s vice president of human experience and quality, to chief people officer.

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Kenneth Crews Named Northrop’s Incoming CFO in Series of Leadership Appointments

GovCon Wire

Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE: NOC) board of directors has elected finance executive Kenneth Crews to succeed the retiring Dave Keffer as the company’s chief financial officer, effective Oct. 1. The Falls Church, Virginia-based company said Tuesday Keffer intends to retire on Feb. 21 to spend more time with his family.

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Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Government Contracts

Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

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Contractor’s dispute over cost-accounting standards has roots dating back 17 years

Federal News Network

Sikorsky Aircraft and the Defense Department have been arguing in court for the past 17 years, over the company’s compliance with cost-accounting standards. One reason it has been running so long is the government keeps asserting violations but takes no action. For more on the importance of this case, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Haynes Boone procurement attorney Zach Prince.

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Curtiss-Wright Wins Over $130M in New Contracts to Expand Work on Nuclear Navy Program; Lynn Bamford Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

Curtiss-Wright has secured over $130 million in contracts to support several U.S. Navy submarine and aircraft carrier programs. Under these contracts, Curtiss-Wright will deliver propulsion valves, pumps and instrumentation and control systems for the Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine, Columbia-class submarine and Ford-class aircraft carrier programs, the Davidson, North Carolina-headquartered company said Wednesday.

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Effectiveness and Efficiency in Public Procurement: Key Pillars for Optimal Resource Management

The Procurement ClassRoom

Introduction In public procurement , effectiveness and efficiency are crucial for achieving optimal results using public resources judiciously. This discussion delves into the importance of these principles, examining both the goals to be achieved (effectiveness) and the optimal use of resources (efficiency). The interplay between these principles ensures the responsible and transparent management of public funds, crucial for meeting community needs while optimizing economic benefits.

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E-Rate Requests Aren't FCA Claims, Law Group Tells Justices

Government Contracts

The Washington Legal Foundation urged the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether reimbursement requests for the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program are "claims" under the False Claims Act, arguing that a Seventh Circuit ruling that answered in the affirmative threatens wide-ranging consequences beyond the E-Rate program.

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Justice Department expands its procurement fraud strike force

Federal News Network

Sometimes federal procurements don’t go according to the rules. Sometimes its worse, when bribes and kickbacks come into play. That’s what the Justice Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force tries to discover and prosecute. Now the strike force is expanding, with four new members. For details, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with the Dan Glad, the director of the Strike Force.

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EchoStar Subsidiaries to Provide Wireless Mobility Services Under Potential $2.7B Navy Contract

ExecutiveBiz

EchoStar’s subsidiaries, Hughes Network Systems and Boost Mobile, will deliver 5G wireless services and devices to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies under a potential 10-year, $2.7 billion U.S. Navy contract. As part of the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Spiral 4 program, the companies will facilitate DOD 5G usage across all 50 U.S.

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