Sat.May 04, 2024 - Fri.May 10, 2024

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Federal cyber leaders proceed with caution on AI as a defensive tool

FedScoop

Three years ago, chief information security officers couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about zero trust. Today, artificial intelligence is the defensive measure du jour for those same government IT leaders. With a healthy dose of skepticism formed through years of protecting digital infrastructure from advanced threats, many federal cybersecurity practitioners have significant concerns about AI, viewing it as a technology that needs corralling.

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Johns Hopkins APL Books $515M DARPA R&D, Engineering Services Contract Modification

GovCon Wire

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has received a $515 million contract modification to continue providing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency with research, development and engineering services.

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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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Hector Collazo Takes on New CTO Role at IPTA

ExecutiveBiz

Hector Collazo, former Sev1Tech and Agile Defense executive, has assumed the newly created chief technology officer post at IPTA, a federal information technology and professional services firm.

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Lockheed Books $861M Army Contract Modification for HIMARS Launcher Production

GovCon Wire

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has secured an $861.3 million contract modification to produce and deliver additional high mobility artillery rocket system launchers and provide support services for the U.S. Army.

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MITRE announces AI sandbox for federal agency use

FedScoop

By the end of the year, an artificial intelligence sandbox built by MITRE is expected to be operational for federal agency use, according to a Tuesday announcement from the nonprofit. MITRE, which operates federally funded R&D centers on behalf of agencies, announced during the AI Expo for National Competitiveness that it anticipates applying the sandbox to “national security, healthcare, transportation and climate” according to the press release.

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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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VTG Secures $130M NAVSEA Contract for Warfare Systems Engineering Services

ExecutiveBiz

VTG has booked a five-year, $130 million contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Integrated Warfare Systems Engineering Group to deliver a range of warfare systems engineering services. The prime contract covers end-to-end engineering services, spectrum management and test and evaluation support for Navy warfare, control and C5I systems, VTG said Tuesday.

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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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GSA appoints new members to FedRAMP advisory committee

FedScoop

The committee that advises FedRAMP will have a new chair and three new members in place by next week, according to a Wednesday announcement from the General Services Administration. The Federal Secure Cloud Advisory Committee will tap Lawrence Hale as the new committee chair effective May 15. Hale, who serves as deputy assistant commissioner within the Office of Information Technology Category Management for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, will act as a liaison for the group and as its design

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SPECIAL ALERT: Stephen Kohn on the New DOJ Whistleblower Program

Whistleblower Network News

[link] In this special episode of of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast , host Jane Turner speaks with leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn , founding partner of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto and Chairman of the Board of National Whistleblower Center , about the Department of Justice’s ongoing development of a new whistleblower award program.

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Rebellion Defense Books Navy Contract to Provide Target Recognition Software

ExecutiveBiz

Rebellion Defense has received a contract from the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems X unit to equip sailors with its proprietary software designed to better recognize and track targets during missions.

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Prioritizing Animal Welfare, Research & Community Services

USFCR

Explore grants prioritizing animal welfare, research, and community services. Support initiatives empowering animals, research, and community well-being. Learn more!

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff recommends AI framework, identifies potential use cases

FedScoop

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers identified 36 potential artificial intelligence use cases — including some involving generative AI — as part of a series of recommendations to the commissioners and an agency-wide enterprise strategy detailed in a report released Thursday. In the report, NRC staff recommended an AI framework for the agency to follow, which outlines approaches for AI governance, hiring new talent, upskilling existing workers, maturing the commission’s data management program

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Navy Selects 7 Vendors for $2.7B Follow-On Wireless Mobility Services Contract

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Navy has awarded seven companies spots on a potential 10-year, $2.67 billion recompete contract to provide wireless mobility devices and related services for military personnel and federal civilian employees stationed within the country and U.S. territories.

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EnerSys to Acquire Bren-Tronics for $208M

ExecutiveBiz

Stored energy technologies provider EnerSys has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire for $208 million Bren-Tronics, a manufacturer of portable power products for defense customers. EnerSys said Thursday it expects to close the all-cash transaction by the second quarter of 2024. Following the acquisition, Bren-Tronics will be integrated into EnerSys’ Specialty business.

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E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

Government Contracts

Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

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USDS impact report showcases ‘a year of launching things’

FedScoop

With requests for help on projects from more than 100 agencies in fiscal year 2023, the United States Digital Service is one of the most sought-after units in the federal government. Dealing with that level of demand often means tough choices for leadership with the White House-based IT consultancy service. “Frankly, there aren’t enough places for agencies to go across government when they have technical questions or need technical help, so we get a huge array of requests,” USDS Administrator Mi

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Apparent Conflict: Appearance of Impropriety Enough to Exclude a Contractor from Federal Contract

SmallGovCon

When a government employee moves from a federal agency to a private contractor, this sort of revolving door can lead to concerns that contractor hiring the ex-agency employee is getting special treatment. To avoid this concern, the ex-agency will sometimes bar the contractor from competing. In a recent case, the Navy did just that and a court had to review if the Navy made a reasonable decision.

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Xcelerate Solutions Appoints Vivek Malhotra as President; Mark Drever Quoted

GovCon Wire

Vivek Malhotra, co-founder and most recently president of Fairfax, Virginia-based cybersecurity firm VMD, has joined Xcelerate Solutions as president. Xcelerate said Wednesday Malhotra’s appointment came three months after the company merged with VMD to expand its portfolio of information technology and security capabilities for federal government clients.

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Swimming Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Government Contracts

Years of participation in swimming events, especially in the open water, have proven to be ideal preparation for appellate arguments in court — just as you must put your trust in the ocean when competing in a swim event, you must do the same with the judicial process, says John Kulewicz at Vorys.

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Whistleblower Receives $499K for Alleging Cybersecurity Failings in COVID Contact Tracing

Whistleblower Network News

On May 1, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Insight Global LLC, a company hired by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide staffing for COVID-19 contact tracing, agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by failing to institute adequate cybersecurity measures. The case stems from a qui tam lawsuit filed against Insight Global by Terralyn Williams Seilkop, a former staff member who worked on contact tracing initiative.

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Chief Officer Awards Finalist Dave Young: ‘Build Your Network and Step Outside Your Comfort Zone’

WashngtonExec

The finalists for WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Awards were announced March 28, and we’ll be highlighting some of them until the event takes place live, in-person May 10. Next is Dave Young, chief operating officer at CAES, and finalist in the Private Company Chief Operating Officer category. Here, he shares key achievements, focus areas going forward, [.

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Mastering How to Get Government Contracts

Select GCR

Trying to figure out how to get a government contract? You’re in the right place! This no-nonsense guide walks you through the contracting process, from initial eligibility to bidding, and ultimately enables your small business to win contracts available every fiscal year. With insights on registration, opportunity discovery, and bid preparation, you’ll find the straightforward advice your company needs for small, disadvantaged businesses to win contracts confidently.

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Pentagon’s Replicator Program Moves Forward With Army Drones

GovCon Wire

The Department of Defense’s effort to field thousands of autonomous drones has reached a major execution milestone. The Army’s Switchblade-600 loitering munition, built by AeroVironment, has been selected for accelerated fielding under the first tranche of the Replicator program, the DOD said in a release on Monday.

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Some Judges Boycott Columbia Clerks Over Protest Response

Government Contracts

A group of 13 federal judges told Columbia University's president Monday they won't hire students who attend the university or its law school as clerks, calling it an "incubator of bigotry" for its handling of student protests over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a copy of their letter that U.S. District Judge Alan Albright shared with Law360.

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Chief Officer Awards Finalist Mo Hessabi: ‘Keep Digging Deeper’

WashngtonExec

The finalists for WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Awards were announced March 28, and we’ll be highlighting some of them until the event takes place live, in-person May 10. Next is Mo Hessabi, chief operating officer at MetroStar, and finalist in the Private Company Chief Operating Officer category. Here, he shares key achievements, focus areas going forward, [.

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How to Extend Zero Trust to Data at the Edge

GovLoop

With the rise of remote work and the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) generating large volumes of data in the field, agencies want to provide staff the ability to analyze and use that data in the field as well. This is the concept of edge computing. But there’s a catch: They also need to secure that data. “This is where zero-trust architecture (ZTA) comes into play,” said Michael Epley, Chief Architect and Security Strategist with Red Hat.

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