Sat.May 18, 2024 - Fri.May 24, 2024

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DHS official: AI could exacerbate chemical and biological threats

FedScoop

A Department of Homeland Security team dedicated to deterring the use of weapons of mass destruction is now studying how artificial intelligence could exacerbate these kinds of threats. In the wake of a report announced last month, one of the top officials with that office is pointing to a series of potential strategies to confront the ways AI tools could be deployed — even inadvertently — to synthesize dangerous chemical and biological materials.

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Lt. Col. Benjamin Pimentel Shares 4 Top Priorities for DOD’s FutureG Office

GovCon Wire

The ability to quickly exchange information is a determining factor of success on today’s battlefield, and achieving seamless connectivity requires a strong arsenal of network technologies. Advancing these capabilities has become a core part of the Department of Defense’s modernization strategy in recent years, and its FutureG Office is leading these efforts.

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AWS Partner Kokomo24/7 transforms Los Angeles Unified School District’s health data system in one year

AWS Public Sector

In May 2022, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the US, encountered a problem. The COVID-tracking and health data system built for the district during the COVID-19 pandemic had become clunky, difficult to customize, and expensive to maintain. With more than 500,000 students in the system, LAUSD administrators wanted to lower the cost of their infrastructure technology to redirect funds toward supporting teachers and students with classroom reso

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Jennifer Dugan Appointed Operations VP at Tria Federal

ExecutiveBiz

Jennifer Dugan, a Washington, D.C.-based executive with over two decades of industry experience, was elevated to the role of vice president of operations at Tria Federal, where she most recently worked as director. She announced her promotion at the middle-market information technology and advisory services provider via LinkedIn post Thursday.

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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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Google earns FedRAMP High authorization for more than 100 additional commercial services

FedScoop

More than 100 Google commercial cloud services recently received FedRAMP High authorizations, including its Vertex AI platform and other artificial intelligence capabilities, the company announced Wednesday. Google has several services — as well as its underlying commercial cloud infrastructure — that have previously received FedRAMP High authorizations.

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Hitachi Vantara Federal CEO Mark Serway Shares Recent Company Growth Initiatives

GovCon Wire

Data is the new gold, according to GovCon industry executives and leaders. And as organizations see more and more data, the need to process, understand and leverage it becomes increasingly important.

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Navigating Gen AI & Cloud: An Executive Spotlight with Accenture’s Kevin Heald

ExecutiveBiz

Artificial intelligence and cloud technologies are advancing faster than ever, opening up exciting new opportunities for innovation. In this Executive Spotlight interview, we spoke with Kevin Heald, managing director of Accenture Federal Services’ National Security portfolio, to learn more about how AI, cloud and other emerging technologies are shaping the cyber landscape and the GovCon ecosystem.

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Bipartisan Senate bill calls on NSF to boost AI and quantum education

FedScoop

A new bipartisan Senate bill would authorize the National Science Foundation to award scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students to study artificial intelligence and quantum, in addition to supporting AI resources for K-12 students and upskilling workers. The NSF AI Education Act of 2024 , introduced Thursday by Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., supports investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, part of an effort to “help make certa

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FAA Awards 14 Companies Spots on $2.4B IT Services Contract

GovCon Wire

Fourteen companies have secured spots on a $2.4 billion multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to deliver information technology products and services to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Information and Technology Services.

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Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wishlist

Government Contracts

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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True Zero President Mike Fluharty Offers Insights on Emerging Tech & Cybersecurity Challenges

ExecutiveBiz

Mike Fluharty currently serves as president and a managing partner at True Zero Technologies, a veteran-owned small business with a wide portfolio of cybersecurity offerings. His interest in technology began during his college years, and his first career position at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services solidified his passion for the field.

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BlueHalo Wins $95.4M Army Space and Missile Defense Command Contract

WashngtonExec

BlueHalo won a $95.4 million contract with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command to help advance the Directed Energy prototype development as part of the Laser Technology Research Development and Optimization program, through the Aviation & Missile Technology Consortium. Under this contract, BlueHalo will continue to design and build laser weapon systems for [.

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SLED Government Contracting 101: How Government Contractors Can Thrive in the SLED Sector

GovCon Wire

The SLED industry is among the prime revenue drivers for government contractors. State, local and education (SLED) government agencies spend billions of dollars on goods and services, contributing nearly 10 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

Government Contracts

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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Ericsson to Invest $50M More in Texas-Based 5G Smart Factory; Yossi Cohen Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

Ericsson will invest an additional $50 million in its smart factory in Lewisville, Texas, to expand production and meet the increasing demand for U.S.-built 5G products.

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New Study Shines Light on Chilling Effect of Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblower Network News

According to a new study , more than 80% of financial professionals who have witnessed or suspected financial crime have chosen to stay silent and not blow the whistle, with nearly half of those respondents citing a fear of retaliation as a key reason why. The results of the study, conducted by Censuswide, were announced in connection with a group of financial whistleblowers reclaiming derogatory terms used against whistleblowers.

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WWII Veteran Frank Garrettson Honored by Executive Mosaic CEO

GovCon Wire

In honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson has shared a heartfelt remembrance for his uncle Elmer Francis “Frank” Garrettson Jr., who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.

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Justices' CFPB Alliance May Save SEC Courts, Not Chevron

Government Contracts

A four-justice concurrence to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's unique funding scheme last week carries implications for other cases pending before the court that challenge the so-called administrative state, or the permanent cadre of regulatory agencies and career government enforcers who hold sway over vast swaths of American economic life.

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Raytheon Books $227M Navy Contract to Support AIM-9X Missile Sustainment Efforts

ExecutiveBiz

RTX business Raytheon has received a potential five-year, $227.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide depot-level repairs, logistics and sustainment engineering support for AIM-9X and AIM-9X Block II missiles.

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GSA teases new open-source customer experience tool

FedScoop

The General Services Administration is working on improvements to survey information and feedback forms, the agency’s administrator said during a Wednesday event. During the Workday Federal Forum , GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan teased that the agency is working on an open-source tool called “Gov CX Analyzer,” which uses artificial intelligence features to see how individuals are interacting with government websites.

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Army Officials Hungry for Industry Collaboration on AI & Beyond

GovCon Wire

Top U.S. Army officials have declared that they see a collaborative and “reciprocal relationship” with industry as key to getting new technologies into the hands of warfighters at a faster rate. Among the Department of Defense component’s tech focus areas are artificial intelligence, counter-drone systems and long-range precision fires.

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Seattle Sues Train Cos. Over Bike Track-Crossing Suits

Government Contracts

The city of Seattle says two short-line railroads have breached agreements to maintain liability insurance and indemnify the city in lawsuits from cyclists injured crossing tracks along a perilous stretch of a popular bike trail, according to a complaint filed in Washington state court.

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KBR to Provide Health & Wellness Support Services Under $43B DHA IDIQ; Byron Bright Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

KBR has secured a spot on a 10-year, $43 billion Defense Health Agency contract vehicle. As one of 11 awardees on the multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, KBR will compete for task orders focused on health and wellness support for service members and their families, the company announced from Houston, Texas on Thursday.

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Login.gov’s upcoming biometric pilot aims to focus on equity, usability

FedScoop

Ahead of Login.gov’s biometric validation pilot this month, General Services Administration officials are working with internal tech equity experts as part of an effort to reduce algorithmic bias in light of concerns that advocacy groups have raised about the technology. While facial recognition, a type of biometric validation, is commonly used with law enforcement agencies , GSA sees the Login.gov pilot as a way to further defend against sophisticated fraud and cyber threats.

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Accenture Federal Services Closes Cognosante Buy, Unveils Health Portfolio; John Goodman Quoted

GovCon Wire

Accenture Federal Services has closed its purchase of Cognosante and launched a federal health portfolio to bring specialized mission platforms and services to customers to help them deliver better health outcomes. Accenture’s (NYSE: ACN) federal arm said Monday more than 1,500 Cognosante employees will join the company’s workforce as a result of the acquisition.

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Mich. Judge Gives Final OK To Engineering Co. $8M Flint Deal

Government Contracts

A Michigan federal judge granted final approval of an $8 million settlement between a civil engineering company and Flint, Michigan, residents, putting to rest claims the company failed to warn them of likely lead contamination that triggered a drinking water crisis in the city.

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22nd Century Technologies Books Navy HR Information System Support Contract

ExecutiveBiz

The U.S. Navy has awarded 22nd Century Technologies a task order worth over $47 million to provide information technology and management services in support of the military branch’s human resources platform.

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New Whistleblower Film Puts a Spotlight on South African Whistleblowers

Whistleblower Network News

Death of a Whistleblower , a film by South African director Ian Gabriel , is making headlines across film festivals and with African audiences. This high-energy political thriller follows investigative journalist Luyanda Masinda (Noxolo Dlamini), who, after witnessing her lover and fellow investigative reporter assassinated by the group he was investigating, joins forces with a secret military whistleblower.

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Inside the Air Force’s AI-Powered Fighter Jet Combat Test

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Air Force is getting serious about equipping its fleet with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities amid an intensifying technological competition with China. In one of their most recent AI initiatives, the Air Force successfully tested an F-16 fighter jet equipped with an autonomous agent built by Shield AI.

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Assange Appeal May Put US Constitution In UK Crosshairs

Government Contracts

Julian Assange's latest appeal, in which he claims he would be denied free speech protection if he is put on trial in the U.S., could break new ground in extradition cases and end up having to be decided by Britain's highest court, legal experts say.

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WorldWide Language Resources Awarded $138M SOCOM Contract for Linguist Support Services

ExecutiveBiz

WorldWide Language Resources, a Fayetteville, North Carolina-headquartered provider of operational linguist services, has secured the second iteration of a contract from U.S. Special Operations Command for linguist support services. The Department of Defense said Thursday WorldWide will support SOCOM’s overseas contingency operations under the LSSII contract, which has a maximum value of $138.2 million.

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GSA taps seven federal tech experts for new FedRAMP advisory group

FedScoop

Officials from the General Services Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and other agencies will serve as inaugural members in a new advisory group to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. The Technical Advisory Group, part of a broader effort to engage stakeholders and support FedRAMP processes related to delivering emerging technology solutions to assist agencies, will inform decision-making on the technical, strat

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Second Whistleblower’s Passing Raises Alarms, Another Speaks Out on Safety Issues

Whistleblower Network News

Whistleblower allegations and the passing of another whistleblower continue to swirl around Boeing. The passing of Joshua Dean, a former quality auditor fired in retaliation from Spirit AeroSystems after raising safety concerns about the 737 Max jet, on Tuesday, April 30, marks another tragic event in the ongoing Boeing saga. Dean’s family told NPR on May 2 that he died of a “sudden, fast-spreading infection” quickly after being diagnosed with an MRSA bacterial infection.

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3M Says Insurers Are Dodging Coverage Of $6B Earplug Deal

Government Contracts

3M and its subsidiary Aearo Technologies said they are having difficulties getting their insurers to pay out more than $1.5 billion in coverage after the companies reached a $6 billion deal to settle multidistrict litigation alleging their combat earplugs failed to protect the hearing of service members and veterans.

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Mike McDermott Named Chief Growth Officer at 22nd Century Technologies

ExecutiveBiz

Mike McDermott, former chief operating officer at National Capitol Contracting, has joined 22nd Century Technologies as chief growth officer, ExecutiveBiz has learned. 22nd Century Technologies CEO Anil Sharma shared that McDermott will have oversight of all business development efforts and will support proposal development, marketing, mergers and acquisitions and congressional outreach.

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Research and Development: Pioneering Public Sector Innovations

USFCR

Research and Development: Pioneering Public Sector Innovations In a world driven by technological advancements and scientific breakthroughs, the government's investment in research and development (R&D) across key sectors such as technology, healthcare, and energy marks a golden era for innovation. This guide underscores how your R&D efforts can meet federal needs, propelling public service into new realms of efficiency and effectiveness.