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AI fuels rise in attacks from ‘unsophisticated threat actors,’ federal cyber leaders say

FedScoop

A day in the life of the Treasury Department’s top cybersecurity official is an unrelenting game of Whac-a-Mole that has only grown more intense in the age of artificial intelligence and the corresponding rise of inexperienced-yet-prolific attackers. For Sarah Nur, Treasury’s chief information security officer and associate CIO for cyber, that arcade-style battle to protect federal networks from adversarial threats is “nonstop.

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Why most government contractors are feeling confident about 2025

Federal News Network

Government contractors on the whole are optimistic about future business. More than half grew their revenue year over year. They expect more growth as the government adopts artificial intelligence. The most recent contractor survey conducted by Deltek also shows small businesses have outsized challenges. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin got more from Deltek Senior Vice President Kevin Plexico.

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FBI Issues List of 95 Awardees on $8B Follow-On IT Supplies & Support Services BPA

GovCon Wire

The FBI has released the list of 95 awardees on the second iteration of the potential eight-year, $8 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services blanket purchase agreement. The bureau first announced the award of the ITSSS-2 BPA on May 24 in a SAM.gov notice.

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Agencies Find Zero Trust, Cyber Resilience Go Hand in Hand

FedTech Magazine

Agencies’ cybersecurity budgets continue to increase to help them better prevent evolving threats to sensitive data and systems. Investing in stronger security measures and cyber hygiene training for employees makes sense, but mistakes — such as clicking on a suspicious link — are inevitable, and when they occur, attackers can breach federal systems.

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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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MetTel Books USPS Contract for Telephone Line Modernization

ExecutiveBiz

MetTel has received a contract from the U.S. Postal Service to retire around 35 million to 80 million plain old telephone lines or basic analog landlines across 17,000 USPS locations. Under the POTS transformation initiative, the global communications provider said Tuesday it will replace existing circuit-switched phone signals with networked multi-path internet protocol.

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Singapore’s National Library Board aims to unlock country’s rich heritage with AR app built by AWS Partner NCS

AWS Public Sector

The vision of Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) goes beyond making information accessible; the NLB is focused on bringing the richness of the nation’s cultural heritage right to the palm of your hand. As part of its LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025) Singapore Storytellers initiative, the NLB seeks to nurture a stronger appreciation and understanding of the Singapore experience.

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VA’s technical infrastructure is ‘on pretty good footing,’ CAIO and CTO says

FedScoop

Working under the threat of technology-related budget cuts that has elicited concern from both sides of the aisle , the Department of Veterans Affairs has managed to make progress on several tech priorities, the agency’s artificial intelligence chief said last week. In an interview with FedScoop, Charles Worthington, the VA’s CAIO and CTO, said the agency is engaged in targeted hiring for AI experts while also sustaining its existing modernization efforts.

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Retired four-star admiral faces 30 years in prison on bribery charges

Federal News Network

62-year-old Robert Burke, a retired four-star admiral, is facing up to 30 years in prison for an alleged scheme to steer a government contract to a company in exchange for future employment. Burke, who served as the vice chief of naval operations from 2019 to 2020, has been arrested and charged with four felony counts, including bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.

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CTC Awarded Marine Corps Contracts to Help Improve Energy Resilience; Ed Sheehan Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Concurrent Technologies Corp. two contracts to help the service branch improve energy resilience to support warfighters and their mission requirements. CTC said Friday both contracts were awarded by Marine Corps Installations Command.

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Tim Davis Joins Chugach Government Solutions as VP of Strategy & Operations

GovCon Wire

Tim Davis, formerly an associate director at Raytheon’s intelligence and space division, has been appointed vice president of strategy and operations at Chugach Government Solutions. In his new role, Davis will oversee the implementation and coordination of business strategies across the CGS enterprise, the Anchorage, Alaska-headquartered government contracting company said Thursday.

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Use Amazon SageMaker to perform data analytics in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

AWS Public Sector

Introduction Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed machine learning (ML) service that provides various capabilities, including Jupyter Notebook instances. While RStudio, a popular integrated development environment (IDE) for R, is available as a managed service in Amazon Web Services (AWS) commercial Regions , it’s currently not offered in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions.

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IRS dinged by GAO for subpar documentation of AI audit models

FedScoop

An IRS pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to select audit cases and identify noncompliance didn’t properly document elements of the technology’s sample selection models, a new watchdog report found. Because the tax agency had “not completed its documentation of several elements” of the models used for its National Research Program audits, the IRS could struggle to “retain organizational knowledge, ensure the models are implemented consistently, and make the process more transparent

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Brian Vanderhoof Named Public Sector Sales VP at NTT Data

ExecutiveBiz

Brian Vanderhoof, formerly vice president of growth and strategy at LCG, has assumed the role of VP of public sector sales at NTT Data Services, the executive announced on LinkedIn Friday. In his new position, he will be responsible for growing the company’s federal health and civilian business.

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Frank Varga Promoted to President & CEO at Apogee

GovCon Wire

Frank Varga, formerly chief operating officer at Apogee Engineering, has been promoted to president and CEO of the Colorado-headquartered national security and defense technology and services provider.

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Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Redstone Government Consulting

Besides the potential tax benefits of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2024 has introduced an additional benefit for employee-owned businesses contracting with the Department of Defense (DoD). A pilot program that will allow for the award of follow-on contracts without competition.

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Labor Department has ‘a leg up’ on artificial intelligence, new CAIO says

FedScoop

A shout-out from the White House doesn’t happen to federal agencies every day, but the Department of Labor got a turn in March when it was lauded in a fact sheet for “leading by example” with its work on principles to mitigate artificial intelligence’s potential harms to employees. Mangala Kuppa, who took over as DOL’s chief AI officer this week after previously serving as its deputy CAIO, believes the agency has even more to be confident about when it comes to its work on the technology, posses

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Northrop Awarded USAF Sustainment Support Task Order for Airborne Communications Platform

ExecutiveBiz

Northrop Grumman has secured a task order from the U.S. Air Force to continue providing operations and sustainment support services for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft through January 2027.

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TransDigm Closes $1.4B Cash Buy of CPI’s Electron Device Business

GovCon Wire

TransDigm Group (NYSE: TDG) has closed its purchase of the electron device business of Communications & Power Industries, a TJC portfolio company, for approximately $1.38 billion in cash. The CPI electron device business produces electronic components and subsystems for the aerospace and defense market through its manufacturing locations in California, Massachusetts and the U.K.

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John Deere Pays $1.1M To End DOL Hiring Bias Probe

Government Contracts

John Deere has agreed to pay $1.1 million to the U.S. Department of Labor to shutter an investigation alleging the agricultural manufacturing company declined to employ nearly 300 Black and Hispanic workers through systemic hiring discrimination, the agency announced.

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National lab official highlights role of government datasets in AI work

FedScoop

The Department of Energy’s national labs have an especially critical role to play in the advancement of artificial intelligence systems and research into the technology, a top federal official said Tuesday during a Joint Economic Committee hearing on AI and economic growth. Jennifer Gaudioso, director of the Sandia National Laboratory’s Center for Computing Research, emphasized during her testimony the role that DOE’s national labs could have in both accelerating computing capacity and helping s

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Irene Esteves Succeeds Mark Suchinski as Chief Financial Officer of Spirit AeroSystems

ExecutiveBiz

Spirit AeroSystems has appointed Irene Esteves, a member of the company’s board of directors, as its new chief financial officer. Esteves succeeds Mark Suchinski, who is stepping down but will stay on to provide support during the transition period, Spirit AeroSystems said Wednesday.

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Jennifer Kauffman Named CyberCore Technologies CEO

GovCon Wire

Jennifer Kauffman, most recently chief operating officer of CyberCore Technologies, will transition to the role of CEO after multinational information technology company HP (NYSE: HPQ) completed its acquisition of the Maryland-based secure supply chain management and cybersecurity services provider.

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Chicago-Area Man Charged With $60M COVID Test Fraud

Government Contracts

A suburban Chicago man is facing healthcare fraud and money laundering charges over more than $60 million in Medicare reimbursement claims for over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits that were allegedly never provided, including thousands of tests for dead people.

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Securing Mixed Reality from Emerging Cyberthreats

FedTech Magazine

Mixed reality headsets and similar systems are tested for resiliency against attacks while in development, but once MR and related technologies are deployed, there’s less effort to test for new threats from malicious actors. Direct attacks on users could flood headsets with information designed to cause motion sickness or disorientation. Or, attacks might clutter displays with virtual objects that cause users to misinterpret critical information and compromise military operations.

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Contracts VP Melinda Armsworthy Explains How SMX Is Distinguishing Itself in Competitive GovCon Market

ExecutiveBiz

SMX is a mid-sized provider of information technology services like cloud, command, control, communications, cyber and advanced engineering to a wide variety of government agencies, as well as private sector clients.

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Google Public Sector’s Aaron Weis Accepts 2024 Wash100 Award

GovCon Wire

Aaron Weis, managing director of technology at Google Public Sector, received his 2024 Wash100 Award during a recent meeting with Executive Mosaic CEO and Wash100 Founder Jim Garrettson. The annual Wash100 Award shines a light on government contracting industry executives who have consistently exhibited top-notch leadership skills.

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$25 Million Flint Water Class Deal Gets Early OK

Government Contracts

A Michigan federal judge on Thursday gave initial approval for a $25 million settlement between a class of Flint adults and businesses and a water engineering company accused of prolonging the town's water crisis, calling the deal fair and an opportunity to avoid years of "exhausting" litigation.

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Aris Danikas

Whistleblower Network News

In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast , host Jane Turner speaks with Aris Danikas, a whistleblower and the founder and CEO of Liberty of Speech. Turner and Danikas discuss his journey from whistleblower, he blew the whistle on human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings by police in South Africa, to whistleblower advocate. They also speak about the upcoming conference Global Corruption And Public Integrity – The Human Factor which features panel discussions on intern

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Xage Security Government’s Matthew Heideman Underscores Need to Secure Satellite Ground Stations

ExecutiveBiz

Organizations should strive to bolster the security of satellite ground stations, according to Xage Security Government President and General Manager Matthew Heideman.

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DOD Wants to Push Zero Trust Adoption Deadline Forward; David McKeown Quoted

GovCon Wire

In its 2022 Zero Trust Strategy, the Department of Defense set a goal to achieve full zero trust implementation by 2027, a target David McKeown, deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity and senior information security officer for the DOD, described in February as “super aggressive.

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USDA Allocating Over $22 Million Towards Underserved Farmers and Ranchers

USFCR

The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers , also known as the 2501 Program, has recently been released with the goal of enhancing equal access and opportunities for the underserved by encouraging participation in USDA programs related to agriculture and forestry. Under this initiative, the USDA, in partnership with the OPPE, is expected to reward applicants with funding geared towards aiding underserved populations with the ownership and operation of

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FBI’s AI work includes ‘Shark Tank’-style idea exploration, tip line use case

FedScoop

The FBI’s approach to artificial intelligence ranges from figuring out how bad actors are harnessing the growing technology to adopting its own uses internally, officials said Tuesday, including through a “Shark Tank”-style model aimed at exploring ideas. Four FBI technology officials who spoke at a GDIT event in Washington detailed the agency’s focus on promoting AI innovations where those tools are merited — such as in its tip line — and ensuring uses could ultimately meet the law enforcement

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Bryan Eckle of cBEYONData Says Organizations Should Think Through Data Goals in AI Projects

ExecutiveBiz

Bryan Eckle, chief technology officer at cBEYONData, said organizations should first identify their data goals in artificial intelligence projects before they start cleaning up and organizing their data, CIO reported Wednesday. “You can back up and start with, ‘What kind of questions do we want to be able to answer?'” Eckle said.

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LinTech Global Appoints Maurizio Surdo as Business Development VP

GovCon Wire

Maurizio Surdo, an information technology and program management professional, has joined LinTech Global, a subsidiary of staffing and IT services provider Dexian, as vice president of business development. He announced his move to LinTech through a LinkedIn post published Friday.

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DXC Technology Taps Kaveri Camire as SVP, Chief Marketing Officer

WashngtonExec

Kaveri Camire has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer of DXC Technology, reporting directly to president and CEO Raul Fernandez. In this position, Camire oversees all aspects of DXC’s marketing and communications. She leads the company’s global team to enhance strategic initiatives, brand and digital campaigns, market activation, content creation, social media [.

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Telling the Truth Comes at a Cost for Indian Journalists and Human Rights Defenders – Could a Whistleblowing Framework Help?

Whistleblower Network News

This is Part 3 of a WNN exclusive series “Protecting Whistleblowers is Key to Protecting Democracy in India” reporting on efforts within India to incorporate different categories of whistleblowers within a whistleblower protection law that is on the horizon. At the Constitutional and Unity Conference in Bangalore in February, participants in a closed-door session on whistleblowing emphasized the need to incorporate human rights defenders and journalists, among other groups, into whistleblower-o