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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Progress or Setback?

Art of Procurement

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, or UFLPA, was passed to protect an ethnically Turkish, predominantly Muslim minority living in. The post Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Progress or Setback? appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Core4ce Receives $90M NIWC Atlantic Contract for Cybersecurity Service Provider Support

ExecutiveBiz

Core4ce will help the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic provide the Department of Defense with full-scale Cyber Security Service Provider services over a five-year period. The company said Tuesday it received a $90 million other transaction authority production contract to support CSSP operational environments across the NIWC network.

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OpenAI official meets with the USAID administrator

FedScoop

USAID Administrator Samantha Power met this week with OpenAI’s head of global affairs, according to an agency press release , a move that comes as the international development organization continues to invest in artificial intelligence while also raising concerns about the technology’s privacy, security, bias, and risks. The Monday meeting with OpenAI’s Anna Makanju focused on artificial intelligence’s impact on global development, the release stated.

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Equinix’s Jim Gwiazda Shares Insights Into AI-Powered Future

GovCon Wire

Artificial intelligence is unlocking new opportunities for federal agencies and government contractors. But what does an AI-powered future look like? Jim Gwiazda, vice president of public sector at Equinix, sat down recently with Executive Mosaic to answer this question. Gwiazda joined Equinix at the end of 2022 from MetTel.

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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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Lawmakers advance DHS bills to ban Chinese batteries, help TSAers with commute

Federal News Network

The House Homeland Security Committee advanced a raft of new legislation today, including a bill aimed at cutting major Chinese battery manufacturers out of the Department of Homeland Security’s supply chain. The committee today voted to approve a bill from Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fl.), “Decoupling from Foreign Adversarial Battery Dependence Act.” The bill would block DHS from procuring batteries from six Chinese companies over concerns about human rights abuses, as well as supply chain and cyber

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BWXT-Led Joint Venture to Manage NNSA’s Pantex Plant Under Potential $30B Contract; Heatherly Dukes Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

A BWX Technologies-led joint venture has secured a potential 20-year, $30 billion contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration to manage and operate the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.

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Timothy Yost Appointed BlueVoyant CFO

GovCon Wire

Timothy Yost, an industry executive with nearly three decades of financial leadership and strategic expertise, has joined BlueVoyant as chief financial officer. The company said Tuesday Yost will be responsible for developing and executing BlueVoyant’s financial and strategic plans to help guide its strategy and growth.

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A prominent industry group creates a new chapter right on the space coast

Federal News Network

The professional organization AFCEA International has launched its 139 national chapter right in Orlando, Florida. It’s meant to help facilitate connections for members of the space industry with government agencies. It’s even calling it the Space Coast Chapter. To learn more about how this came together and what the chapter has planned, I spoke to Tony Brown, who is Director of the Products/Software Division for TM3 Solutions, Inc. and will be leading the new group.

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Leidos to Provide IT & Telco Support Under $738M Air Force IDIQ; Steve Hull Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

Leidos has landed a $738 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to deliver enterprise information technology and telecommunications services to the U.S. Air Force. In a statement Thursday, Steve Hull, Leidos digital modernization sector president, commented that the company is “committed to continue delivering secure, resilient technology” services to the military branch through the contract.

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Financial regulators have ‘insufficiently’ addressed hedge funds’ use of AI, report says

FedScoop

Federal financial regulators are playing catch-up in their oversight of how hedge funds are using artificial intelligence to guide trading decisions, presenting a serious risk to market stability, the majority staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee warned Friday. In a 45-page report , shared exclusively with FedScoop and led by HSGAC Chair Gary Peters, D-Mich., staffers found the combination of recent regulatory actions and the current federal legal framework to

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Daniel Simms Takes on COO Role at Acuity International

GovCon Wire

Daniel Simms, formerly a vice president at Valiant Integrated Services, has joined technology consulting company Acuity International as chief operating officer, according to his LinkedIn announcement.

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Government’s AI Plans Come into Focus with DHS, OMB Roadmaps

FedTech Magazine

The Department of Homeland Security’s Artificial Intelligence Roadmap and the Office of Management and Budget’s first governmentwide artificial intelligence policy establish essential frameworks and guidelines for responsible use of the technology. The policies prioritize ethical standards, privacy and innovation through documents that concisely lay out the government’s positions on regulating and using AI in its executive operations.

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Lockheed Martin VP of PAC-3 Programs Brenda Davidson Set to Retire

ExecutiveBiz

Brenda Davidson, vice president of the PAC-3 missile programs at Lockheed Martin, is retiring after over 35 years of service at the defense and aerospace company. She announced her retirement Friday on LinkedIn and said that Brian Kubik, VP of quality and mission success, will take over as PAC-3 program lead.

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How cost-reimbursement contracts can go haywire over time

Federal News Network

Cost plus contracts can run into trouble when the government takes five years to audit indirect costs. That is what happened to a Navy contractor, and now it has a million-dollar dispute. They are now in court. For details, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Haynes Boone procurement attorney Zach Prince. Interview Transcript: Eric White Cost-plus contracts can run into trouble when the government takes five years to audit indirect costs.

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GE Books $1.1B Army Contract for T700 Turbine Engines

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Army has awarded General Electric (NYSE: GE) a potential five-year, $1.13 billion contract to provide T700 series turbine engines for the service branch. The Department of Defense said Wednesday Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama is the contracting activity and received one offer for the firm-fixed-price contract through an internet solicitation.

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Know a Government Superstar? Nominate Them!

GovLoop

The NextGen Public Service Award nominations are open , and we need your help to find government workers who have made a positive impact in their workplace. From being a compassionate and strong leader to implementing an innovative solution for a challenge in your agency, there are a lot of ways that govies can leave a good, lasting impression on constituents.

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Boeing Expects to Complete New Engineering Facility Within Florida’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University by Late Fall

ExecutiveBiz

Boeing announced plans to open and operate a new engineering facility at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, or ERAU, in Daytona Beach, Florida, soon. Once the facility is erected within the university’s Cici & Hyatt Brown Center for Aerospace, Boeing said Tuesday that its employees will perform engineering work for military aircraft programs and advanced technology capabilities.

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I Know the Witnesses and I Will Believe Them; There is No Need for Cross-Examination: A Rare Example of Arbitrator Bias Before English Courts

Kluwer Arbitration

In a recent judgement rendered in H1 and another v W and others [2024] EWHC 382 , the English Commercial Court removed a sole arbitrator under section 24 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the “EEA”). This removal was based on statements made by the arbitrator regarding the way he would treat expert witness evidence that gave rise to justifiable doubts as to his impartiality.

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KPMG Names Patrick Ryan as DC Office Managing Partner, Federal Sector Leader

GovCon Wire

KPMG has appointed Patrick Ryan, a more than 24-year operational and business development leader, as managing partner of the professional services firm’s Washington, D.C. office and head of the U.S. federal sector. Ryan will succeed Tim Gillis, who is set to retire on Sept.

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Accounting software keeps small business out of federal market

Federal News Network

A shrinking number of companies seem to want to do business with the federal government. Especially small businesses. Could it be all of the reporting and compliance requirements. There is one class of compliance that is particularly tricky , as the Federal Drive with Tom Temin heard from the Founder and CEO of PROCAS, Jim Wesloh. Interview Transcript: Tom Temin For someone that went through the trouble of finding government opportunities, deciding they want to do this and then bidding and win

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Jim Lee Named Seagate SVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

ExecutiveBiz

Jim Lee, a former executive at Maxar Technologies, was named senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Seagate Technology. The data storage innovator said Monday Lee was SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary during his five-year stint at Maxar and will now lead Seagate’s legal team in his new role.

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Bipartisan Senate bill calls on Commerce to lead AI push with small businesses

FedScoop

A new bill from a bipartisan pair of senators aims to accelerate small business use of artificial intelligence, assigning new responsibilities to both the Commerce Department and the Small Business Administration to provide training in the technology. The legislation from Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., titled the Small Business Artificial Intelligence Training and Toolkit Act, would have the Commerce secretary work with the administrator of the SBA on creating AI trainin

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Kelli Murphy Joins Pyramid Systems as VP of Client Account Delivery

GovCon Wire

Kelli Murphy, formerly a senior principal for business development at Science Applications International Corp. (Nasdaq: SAIC), has joined Pyramid Systems as vice president of client account delivery.

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State Department’s R & D approach has industry puzzled

Federal News Network

Federal services contractors are scratching their collective head over a State Department gambit. State put out a solicitation to sponsor three federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). But what the department wants doesn’t sound like anything industry or government couldn’t do already. That’s according to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin ‘s guest, the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Professional Services Council, Stephanie Kostro.

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Patrick Roddy Joins J&J Worldwide Services as Operations EVP

ExecutiveBiz

Patrick Roddy, former president of American Facilities Professionals, was appointed executive vice president of operations at J&J Worldwide Services, a CBRE government and defense business. The company said Tuesday Roddy, a retired U.S. Army infantry colonel, brings to the role over two decades of military service experience, having led Army units across the globe.

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VA software license assessments called out in GAO recommendations

FedScoop

The Department of Veterans Affairs has work to do in assessing its software licenses, the Government Accountability Office said in a report that included four other new priority recommendations to the VA. The congressional watchdog noted in its release that the VA has implemented six of its 29 open priority recommendations, including the deployment of an automated data tool used to improve acquisition workforce records and taking steps to modernize the agency’s performance management system acro

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AWS Books $115M Army ECMA Impact Level 6 Cloud Services Contract

GovCon Wire

Amazon Web Services has secured a $114.5 million contract from Army Contracting Command–Rock Island to provide cloud services at Impact Level 6 to the Army Enterprise Cloud Management Agency. A notice posted on SAM.

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Tribal Casino Tells 7th Circ. Ill. City Rigged Proposal Votes

Government Contracts

A proposed tribal casino has asked the Seventh Circuit to undo a lower court ruling that found Waukegan, Ill., did not intentionally discriminate against it when the city chose three other competitors to operate casinos, saying the city ran a rigged review process.

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VTG Eyes Accelerated IC-Focused Growth Strategy With Clear Cloud Acquisition

ExecutiveBiz

VTG looks to strengthen its digital transformation capabilities with its recent acquisition of Clear Cloud, a provider of software, cloud and data engineering products and services for intelligence community customers. The Chantilly, Virginia-based national security company said Monday its purchase of Clear Cloud is also an effort to accelerate VTG’s IC-focused growth strategy.

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Top AI Execs to Watch in 2024: Intel Corp.’s Melvin Greer

WashngtonExec

Melvin Greer Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Intel Corp. Melvin Greer’s biggest recent achievement was winning the Black Engineer of the Year, Technologist of the Year award. It changed the trajectory of his career. More than that, the Technologist of the Year award isn’t just an honor; it’s a torch. It ignited a fire in [.

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Clarity Innovations, Chameleon Consulting Group Merge to Form Cyberspace Operations Company

GovCon Wire

Clarity Innovations, a portfolio company of Capitol Meridian Partners, has merged with Chameleon Consulting Group to form an entity focused on delivering cyberspace products and services to defense and intelligence customers.

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Bond Denial Upheld For Army Construction Project

Government Contracts

An Illinois federal judge affirmed an arbitration award relieving two insurers of covering a $1.8 million bond issued to a subcontractor retained for a U.S. Army construction project, upholding the arbitrator's finding that the status of the project wasn't accurately represented at the time of bond procurement.

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Self-Made Zolon CEO Ram Mattapalli on Keeping His Company at the Forefront of IT, Cyber & Emerging Tech

ExecutiveBiz

Ram Mattapalli embodies the self-starter ethos in government contracting, establishing the strategic information technology company Zolon Tech in 1998 and growing it over the last more than 25 years. Zolon has matured into a reliable provider of cybersecurity, cloud, mobile device management and app development to national security, defense and intelligence agencies.

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QinetiQ US Taps Colleen Campbell as VP of Marketing, Communications

WashngtonExec

Colleen Campbell has joined QinetiQ US as vice president of marketing and communications, bringing over 20 years of experience as a global integrated marketing and communications executive to the role. “Colleen has a proven track record of driving growth and enhancing brand reputation for billion-dollar private and public sector companies,” said Shawn Purvis, president and [.

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Chris Brady of GDMS Adds 5th Wash100 Award to Collection

GovCon Wire

Chris Brady had to make room in his already robust display of Wash100 Awards for a fifth trophy. Jim Garrettson, founder of the award and CEO of Executive Mosaic, hand-delivered the coveted GovCon accolade recently to General Dynamics Mission Systems, where Brady is president.

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FAA Chief Vows Diligent Boeing Oversight In Senate Hearing

Government Contracts

The Federal Aviation Administration's chief told a Senate panel Thursday that the regulator has diligently stepped up oversight of Boeing's manufacturing since January's harrowing midair door plug blowout on a 737 Max 9 jet, an incident that prompted multiple probes into Boeing's safety culture and quality control.