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4 Tips to Elevate Your Company’s Cybersecurity

GovCon Wire

The cyber threat landscape is ever changing, and businesses can’t afford for their cybersecurity posture to lag behind. According to cyber experts, there are a few key tips that can help organizations of any size improve their cyber hygiene and better protect themselves against growing threats.

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DARPA Releases Preliminary Findings of Quantum Computer Benchmarking Research Effort

ExecutiveBiz

Researchers working on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Quantum Benchmarking program have released pre-prints of the initial results of their effort to develop scientifically rigorous metrics that can be used to measure the impact of quantum computers on key computational challenges.

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Bipartisan Senate bill wants Commerce secretary to raise awareness of AI jobs 

FedScoop

A new bill from Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would have the Commerce secretary take on a slew of new responsibilities related to raising public awareness about artificial intelligence. As part of the legislation , Commerce would have a role in conducting outreach for AI jobs available in the government — addressing an ongoing struggle for the public sector as it competes with private industry and their much higher salaries.

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Billie Winner-Davis and Victoria Turner

Whistleblower Network News

In this special episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, host Jane Turner speaks with Billie Winner-Davis and Victoria Turner about the trauma experienced by family members of whistleblowers who face retaliation. Billie is the mother of Reality Winner , the intelligence community whistleblower imprisoned for leaking a NSA report on the Russian government’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.

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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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Robert Lewis Named GDIT’s CTO for Intelligence & Homeland Security Division

GovCon Wire

Robert Lewis, a 21-year veteran of General Dynamics‘ (NYSE: GD) information technology, has been appointed chief technology officer for GDIT’s intelligence and homeland security division, according to his LinkedIn post. He assumed the position after serving as vice president of engineering and solutions within the company’s intelligence and homeland security segment for nearly three years.

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Gordon Kesting, Glenn McArthur Join D-Fend’s US Leadership Team

ExecutiveBiz

Counter-drone technology provider D-Fend Solutions has expanded its U.S. leadership team with the appointment of Gordon Kesting as vice president of U.S. sales and business development and Glenn McArthur as business development manager. Both executives bring extensive industry experience and will help the company dominate the counter-unmanned aerial system sector through its U.S.

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Understanding SBIRs/STTRs Federal Contract Spend

GovSpend

Were you aware that in FY 23, a substantial $6.23B, accounting for 8% of total federal contracts, was allocated to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIRs) and Small Business Technology Transfers (STTRs), benefiting 3,230 businesses ? Noteworthy companies like Qualcomm, Symantec, Sonicare, and Biogen have all been recipients of SBIR funding in the past Intrigued to delve deeper into these innovative programs?

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General Dynamics Books $1.1B Navy Contract for DDG 51 Destroyer Planning Yard Support

GovCon Wire

A General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) subsidiary has received a potential five-year, $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy to provide planning yard support services for the military branch’s DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

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BAE, GlobalFoundries Partner to Boost US Critical Semiconductor Supply

ExecutiveBiz

BAE Systems has entered into a strategic agreement with GlobalFoundries to collaborate on research and development in advanced chip technologies to enhance the supply of critical semiconductors for national security.

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Empowering 1,000-plus partners: How the AWS Think Big for Small Business Program fuels public sector innovation

AWS Public Sector

In the intricate landscape of public sector procurement, the demand for innovation, efficiency, and reliability is paramount. As government agencies seek to modernize their operations and deliver enhanced services to citizens, the role of small businesses becomes increasingly pivotal. Yet, the journey from small business solution to impactful collaboration is a field with challenges and opportunities.

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Top 20 Mistakes to Avoid in Federal Contracting

USFCR

Did you know that according to a recent study, businesses lose millions each year due to preventable mistakes in federal contracting? Navigating the federal contracting process can be complex, especially for newcomers. By understanding these common pitfalls, you can avoid costly missteps and significantly increase your chances of winning contracts. This article is especially beneficial for small businesses new to federal contracting.

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PPDNI Stacey Dixon Accepts 2024 Wash100 Award

GovCon Wire

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Dr. Stacey Dixon received her 2024 Wash100 Award from Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson during a recent meeting. The Wash100 Award annually recognizes the executives of consequence shaping the government and the government contracting sector.

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C3 AI Names Kevin McCarthy to Advisory Board

ExecutiveBiz

Kevin McCarthy, former speaker of the House of Representatives, has joined the advisory board of enterprise artificial intelligence software company C3 AI. As an advisory board member, McCarthy will offer strategic counsel to C3 AI’s leadership team to facilitate engagement with the U.S.

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TMF investments to modernize campaign finance software, tribal school websites, HR system

FedScoop

Updating federal campaign finance reporting software, modernizing tribal communities’ school websites and streamlining human resources information systems are among the new investments announced Tuesday from the Technology Modernization Fund. The announcement of the $31.66 million funding round — to the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Interior and the Department of Energy — came with a warning from the General Services Administration.

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The CAS Board is Looking to Address CAS Applicability When it Comes to IDIQ Contracts

Redstone Government Consulting

In the June 18, 2024 Federal Register , the Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) put out a notification that it was looking for input on how Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) applicability should be handled when it comes to Indefinite Delivery Vehicles (IDVs) (i.e., Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts). This goes back to an old CASB case from three years ago – CASB Case 2021-01 , Application of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) to Indefinite Delivery Vehicles (IDVs).

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Chris Coligado Joins Smoothstack as EVP, Federal Market Lead

GovCon Wire

McLean, Virginia-based information technology services provider Smoothstack has appointed Chris Coligado, a senior executive with over 20 years of technology consulting experience, as executive vice president and federal market lead.

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cBEYONData Selected by The Washington Post as a 2024 Top DC-Area Workplace; Dyson Richards Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

The Washington Post has named cBEYONData as one of the top workplaces in the Washington, D.C., area for 2024. A ceremony took place on June 20 to recognize the awardees, cBEYONData said in a Friday press release received by Executive Mosaic.

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White House, GSA move to streamline procurement process with new data tool

FedScoop

A new procurement tool launched by the White House and the General Services Administration will streamline market research for federal agencies and act as a “complement” to the current request for information process, an Office of Federal Procurement Policy official said in an interview Thursday. The Procurement Co-Pilot tool , an online platform for federal use unveiled last week, uses publicly available government data from platforms such as SAM.gov and the GSA’s Transactional Data Reporting p

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Webinar Recap: Top 5 Ways to Boost Sales with GovSpend

GovSpend

Last month, GovSpend host Paige Mockler hosted a practical webinar on the top 5 ways customers can boost their public sector sales using data and workflow tools on the GovSpend platform. Below, we recap her primary takeaways, giving readers a comprehensive guide to winning more government contracts with GovSpend. Whether you’re in education, software, transportation, or any other industry, these tips are designed to help you identify opportunities, generate leads, and close more deals.

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Vertex Aerospace Books $265M NASA Contract for Neutral Buoyancy Lab Support

GovCon Wire

Vertex Aerospace has secured a potential 10-year, $265.2 million contract to support the operations of a human spaceflight training facility located at the Sonny Carter Training Facility of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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Lockheed Martin Marks C-130 Aircraft Milestone With Recent US Marine Corps Delivery

ExecutiveBiz

Lockheed Martin recently delivered a KC-130J Super Hercules tanker to the U.S. Marine Corps for use by Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252. Lockheed said Tuesday that the aircraft marks the 2,700th delivery of the C-130 Hercules, which is operated in 70 countries around the world.

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How to Use Unanet to Automate Your Incurred Cost Reports

Redstone Government Consulting

The rush to close any accounting system for the previous year is everyone’s top priority at the beginning of the new year. Why? We have forms to file. We have performance numbers to report. The annual Incurred Cost Submission is a top priority for government contractors with cost-type contracts. The Incurred Cost Electronically (ICE), or Incurred Cost Submission (ICS) , is a highly formatted spreadsheet model with many worksheets (17 required and 6 optional) that provides a standard electronic p

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GSA contracting officers are driving schedule holders crazy

Federal News Network

Complaints coming from contractors on the General Services Administration’s multiple-award schedule. They say contracting officers are trying to re-negotiate finished contracts and making unreasonable demands for information. For more, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with federal sales and marketing consultant Larry Allen. Interview transcript Tom Temin And you have found that this is mainly happening in the information technology part of the Unified Schedules program.

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What Does the Future of 5G Look Like?

GovCon Wire

Communications technology advancements are driving forward important innovations and improvements for 5G. But what’s in store for the next generation of 5G connectivity and communications in the defense sector? Panelists at the Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Forum shared their insights last month. Hear more industry-leading insights at Potomac Officers Club events.

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GE Aerospace, NASA Collaborate on Hybrid Electric Demonstrator Engine Project

ExecutiveBiz

GE Aerospace and NASA are working on a project that will embed electric generators or motors in a high-bypass turbofan to augment power during different flight phases as part of efforts to develop fuel-efficient aircraft engines with reduced emissions.

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Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Government Contracts

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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Why the government should use more shared services to reduce costs

Federal News Network

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reiterated something it has been pointing out for years: The government wastes billions and billions of dollars on duplicative and overlapping activities. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin ‘s guest says the GAO overlooked a crucial way to stop the waste, namely shared services. Steve Goodrich is the Chairman of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition.

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Jonathan Greenert to Succeed Kelly Ayotte as BAE Systems Inc. Board Chair

GovCon Wire

Jonathan Greenert, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, will take on the role of chair of the board of directors at the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems. He will succeed Kelly Ayotte, a former senator who has held the position of board chair at BAE Systems Inc. since December 2021, the company said Friday.

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Broadcom Gets FedRAMP Authorization for Cloud Security Service

ExecutiveBiz

Broadcom has secured authorization for its Symantec Cloud Secure Web Gateway offering from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management program. The California-based software developer said Thursday that Symantec Cloud SWG allows U.S. federal agencies to safely migrate security services from on-premises data centers to cloud-native services.

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Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

Government Contracts

As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

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ARPA-H enters $19M contract with Palantir for artificial intelligence, data software

FedScoop

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health will use Palantir’s AI and data software to support its data infrastructure and track the progress of its research programs under a $19 million contract being announced Thursday. Under the two-year contract, ARPA-H will deploy Palantir’s AI Platform (AIP) and Foundry software to “rapidly collect, synthesize, analyze, and make decisions from a range of data sources,” according to a release shared with FedScoop ahead of the announcement.

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For Unanet’s CIO, the Focus Is on Arming GovCons With AI Solutions

GovCon Wire

When Steve Karp stepped into the role of chief innovation officer for government contractor-focused software company Unanet, he did so knowing that a big part of the job would be continuing to push the envelope to give GovCons more of the intelligent tools they need to deliver superior project outcomes and, ultimately, grow their businesses

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Carahsoft to Market Pryon’s RAG-based GenAI Products to Public Sector Customers

ExecutiveBiz

Carahsoft Technology will use its reseller network and positions on several government contracts to make Pryon‘s generative AI offerings available to the public sector. The companies said Thursday the Retrieval-Augmented Generation-based GenAI product suite could help agencies extract information from content repositories to streamline access to policies, manuals and other needed contents.

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Mass. Dentist Indicted In Alleged $2M Medicaid Fraud

Government Contracts

A Massachusetts dentist and her practice have been charged with fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth, more than $2 million for services that were never provided.

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FBI Reinstates Security Clearance of Agent Who Testified before Congress Amidst Scrutiny Over DOJ Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblower Network News

In the wake of a Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG) memo which raised concerns about the DOJ and FBI’s practice of revoking security clearances of whistleblowers , the FBI has reinstated the security clearance of Marcus Allen , an agent who claimed whistleblower status and testified before Congress. In a May 31 letter to Allen , FBI Executive Assistant Director Timothy Dunham wrote, “My decision to reinstate your security clearance is based upon a determination

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Peraton Wins Spot on $1.4B Defense Enterprise HR Applications & Data Services BPA; Tarik Reyes Quoted

GovCon Wire

Peraton has won a position on the potential $1.4 billion Defense Enterprise HR Applications and Data Services blanket purchase agreement awarded by the Defense Manpower Data Center.

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