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Coca-Cola’s Project Last Mile

Art of Procurement

“Coke is everywhere. In fact, when I travel to the developing world, Coke feels ubiquitous. […] If we can understand. The post Coca-Cola’s Project Last Mile appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Ransomware Attacks Require Improved Information Sharing

FedTech Magazine

Government needs broad visibility into the activity of bad actors to fight ransomware. A lack of robust information sharing can lead to “a murky information environment, making it difficult for governments and industry to work together to combat ransomware at scale,” according to a report from the Institute for Security and Technology released in April.

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DOJ Plans to Recognize National Whistleblower Day

Whistleblower Network News

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will “recognize and support” National Whistleblower Day on July 30 by pointing employees towards educational resources and programming on whistleblower rights according to a letter sent to National Whistleblower Center (NWC). In the letter, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Michael Williams highlighted a memo sent in April outlining available whistleblower protections for employees and contractors and listed other resources made available by the agency.

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GSA announces AI-themed hackathon

FedScoop

The General Services Administration is inviting the public to participate in a challenge to reimagine federal websites with artificial intelligence and cloud tools. This AI-themed hackathon , which is co-sponsored by OpenAI and Microsoft, will offer participants access to large language models, technologies to write code, features to increase the consistency of AI-made responses and more.

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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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Thoma Bravo Buys Public Warning Software Provider Everbridge for $1.8B

GovCon Wire

Thoma Bravo has acquired Everbridge, a Massachusetts-based critical event management and national public warning software provider, for approximately $1.8 billion, or $35.00 in cash per share. Everbridge will cease trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange as part of the deal, which secured approval from the company’s stockholders in late April, Thoma Bravo said Tuesday.

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Cyber Hygiene Fixes for the Overconfident Agency

FedTech Magazine

There exists a major disconnect between the trust most agencies put in their current cybersecurity strategies and their actual ability to defend themselves. While 88 percent of global IT and security leaders feel confident in their organizations’ ability to manage cyber risk, 51 percent report that more than half of their cyber incidents were due to poor cyber hygiene, according to an April study from ExtraHop.

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Data tracking, AI and modernization: How SSA has ditched its paper-based past

FedScoop

For more than two decades, the Social Security Administration has worked to shed its well-earned image as a “paper-based agency,” doing everything from shifting away from hard copy signatures to embarking on a large-scale modernization plan. Now armed with a robust artificial intelligence use case inventory and a splashy new data-tracking tool , SSA’s technology leaders feel especially bullish about where they stand in their digital journey.

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Defense Industry Veteran Tony DeSimone Named Enterprise Engineering VP at Lockheed Martin

GovCon Wire

Tony DeSimone has been appointed vice president of enterprise engineering at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). DeSimone announced his new role on LinkedIn, saying that, in this new position, he will be responsible for leading E&T execution across the company’s four business areas as well as its enterprise operations.

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Applying tech being used on the ISS towards a future mission to mars

Federal News Network

Voyager Space has entered into an agreement with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to help develop an airlock for the Mars Transit Vehicle, also referred to as Deep Space Transport. It’s a 12-month study that will look at the applying the concept of Voyager’s Bishop Airlock design, currently being utilized on the International Space Station, towards a future mission to Mars.

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Kent Selby Named KBR VP of Air Force, Marine Corps & Strategic Programs

ExecutiveBiz

Kent Selby announced on LinkedIn on Tuesday that he has been appointed vice president for the Air Force, Marine Corps and strategic programs at KBR. Selby previously served as a director at the company, overseeing operations for KBR’s government solutions division for more than three years.

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Time to Start Fighting Quantum Threats

GovLoop

One thing is certain: The day will come when quantum computers are powerful and reliable enough to render traditional encryption obsolete. What’s less certain is when it will arrive. But it’s imperative that agencies prepare today. Wait too long, said Keyfactor’s Chris Hickman, and “you won’t have enough runway to keep your organization safe while you go through all the planning steps.

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Iron Bow’s Henry Tragle on Helping Defense Agencies Meet Technology Needs

WashngtonExec

As vice president of sales for the Army, Defense Information Systems Agency and intel at Iron Bow, Henry Tragle is helping the military meet its technology needs. That’s no small lift these days. Defense organizations are trying to figure out how best to apply artificial intelligence to elevate mission outcomes. They’re working to implement Zero [.

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Get Up to Speed on Significant Changes to 2 CFR Regulations Effective October 2024

Redstone Government Consulting

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a final rule revising 2 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) , now called OMB Guidance for Federal Financial Assistance, to streamline and clarify the rules for federal financial assistance (e.g., grants and cooperative agreements). Agencies must implement the Final Rule by October 1, 2024. These rules will apply to new grants and can be applied to existing grants by a bi-lateral modification.

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SpaceX Lands $69M NASA Deal to Provide Launch Services for COSI Mission

ExecutiveBiz

SpaceX has received a $69 million contract to provide launch services for NASA’s Compton Spectrometer and Imager space mission. The COSI mission is scheduled to lift off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in August 2027, NASA said Tuesday.

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High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

Government Contracts

The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

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GSA Report: Be Truthful about Small Business Certifications

SmallGovCon

The federal small business representation system relies in some part on self-certification and in some part on review by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and protests by competitors. The System for Award Management (SAM) is one key part of the federal procurement apparatus. Small businesses looking to take advantage of SBA’s socioeconomic programs must be registered in SAM, and crucially, must maintain up-to-date information in the system.

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Max Montague Named Parsons VP of Defense & Intelligence

GovCon Wire

Max Montague, formerly a senior director at Parsons, has been appointed vice president of defense and intelligence for cyber and national operations at the Virginia-based information technology provider, according to his LinkedIn announcement. Montague was elevated to the role after serving as a senior director at Parsons since 2022.

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Robert Waldo Succeeds Frank Willis as Intellisense Systems President and CEO

ExecutiveBiz

Robert Waldo has joined defense and space manufacturing company Intellisense Systems as president and CEO, succeeding Frank Willis, who served in the position for six years. Before working as CEO, Willis was vice president at Physical Optics Corporation before the spin-off of Intellisense.

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After Chevron Deference: What Lawyers Need To Know

Government Contracts

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Chevron deference, a precedent established 40 years ago that said when judges could defer to federal agencies' interpretations of law in rulemaking. Here, catch up with Law360's coverage of what is likely to happen next.

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Top DOD Execs to Watch in 2024: Intel’s Greg Clifton

WashngtonExec

Greg Clifton General Manager of the Defense & National Security Group, Intel In 2023, Greg Clifton and his team at Intel successfully developed and delivered new multi-chip package prototypes to the Defense Department six quarters ahead of schedule under the SHIP program, advancing the objective of reestablishing the United States as a leader in microelectronics [.

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Air Force CIO Venice Goodwine to Headline 2024 Air Defense Summit

GovCon Wire

Venice Goodwine, the Department of the Air Force’s chief information officer, is slated to give a keynote address at the Potomac Officers Club’s 2024 Air Defense Summit on July 23. Learn more about the DAF CIO, her career history and her accomplishments below. Who Is Venice Goodwine?

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Sarah Bedsaul Hiza Named Engineering and Technology VP at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

ExecutiveBiz

Sarah Bedsaul Hiza has assumed the role of vice president of engineering and technology for Lockheed Martin’s rotary and mission systems business, transitioning from her previous position as VP and general manager of strategic and missile defense systems at the company.

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HHS Scores Early Win In Boehringer's Medicare Pricing Suit

Government Contracts

A Connecticut federal judge on Wednesday sided with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Boehringer Ingelheim's challenge to a new Medicare drug price negotiation program, rejecting the pharmaceutical company's claim that the program is unconstitutional.

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2024 Chief Officer Awards Winner: Amentum’s John Heller

WashngtonExec

John Heller, CEO of Amentum, has won WashingtonExec’s 2024 Chief Officer Award for CEO in the Private and Public Company (annual revenue greater than $500 million) category. WashingtonExec on May 10 unveiled the winners of the Chief Officer Awards, an annual program that celebrates influential and innovative executives in government and industry in the C-suite. [.

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Lockheed Awarded $5.3B Army PAC-3 Missile Production Contract

GovCon Wire

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a potential three-year, $5.3 billion contract from the U.S. Army to produce Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target or PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

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Hector Pelayo Named President and General Manager of Space, Air & Sea at Tyto Athene

ExecutiveBiz

Hector Pelayo, an aerospace and defense industry executive with more than two decades of experience, was appointed president and general manager of space, air and sea group at Tyto Athene, according to his LinkedIn post. In his new role, he is responsible for leading Tyto Athene’s portfolio across the U.S.

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Boxing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Government Contracts

Boxing has influenced my legal work by enabling me to confidently hone the skills I've learned from the sport, like the ability to remain calm under pressure, evaluate an opponent's weaknesses and recognize when to seize an important opportunity, says Kirsten Soto at Clyde & Co.

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CFPB urged by consumer groups to take action on banks’ use of algorithms

FedScoop

Two of the country’s top consumer advocacy organizations are urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue guidance on how banks use algorithms to inform credit decisions, a practice that they say could erect barriers to access for underserved populations without proper guardrails. In a letter sent last week, Consumer Reports and the Consumer Federation of America asked CFPB Director Rohit Chopra for “regulatory clarity” on how financial institutions search for and then implement less

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Maximus Wins $87M IRS Modernization Contract

WashngtonExec

Maximus has won a 5-year, $87 million task order from the Internal Revenue Service to deliver end-to-end development and modernization services. IRS awarded Maximus the task order through the blanket purchase agreement for the Enterprise Development, Operations Services contract, which supports the agency’s modernization plans.

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Black & Veatch-Jacobs JV Wins $249M IDIQ to Support Navy’s Missile Defense Construction Projects

ExecutiveBiz

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific has awarded a joint venture between Jacobs and Black & Veatch a potential $249 million contract to provide architectural and engineering services for the construction of a missile defense system and related infrastructure projects.

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The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

Government Contracts

In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

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Succeed in GovCon With Executive Mosaic’s 4×24 Leadership Program

GovCon Wire

In the competitive government contracting landscape, your professional network can be your key to success. But not every networking opportunity is worth your while. Service providers and the professional networking crowd can get in the way of meaningful and productive connections with actual senior-level executives and industry leaders.

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WATCH: Astrion’s Fog Hahn on the Value of Mid-Tier Companies in GovCon

WashngtonExec

WashingtonExec’s Amanda Ziadeh sits down with Ronald “Fog” Hahn, chief growth officer of Astrion, to discuss the value of mid-tier companies in GovCon and recent contract wins. Astrion was formed following the integration of two flagship government services firms, Oasis Systems and ERC, putting the company in the mid-tier market.

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GSA announces new Technology Modernization Fund director

FedScoop

Amid calls from the White House and Congress to fund the Technology Modernization Fund, the General Services Administration’s funding vehicle has named a new, permanent executive director. In an email obtained by FedScoop, the GSA Deputy Administrator Katy Kale announced that Larry Bafundo would take on the role, after most recently serving as TMF’s deputy executive director.

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5 Moments That Shaped The Supreme Court's Jan. 6 Decision

Government Contracts

When the high court limited the scope of a federal obstruction statute used to charge hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the justices did not vote along ideological lines. In a year marked by 6-3 splits, what accounts for the departure? Here are some moments from oral arguments that may have swayed the justices.

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Crowley Government Services Lands $613M TRANSCOM Contract for Transportation Services

GovCon Wire

Crowley‘s government services business will provide the Department of Defense with transportation services under a $613.3 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Transportation Command. The DOD said Friday Crowley Government Services will perform Freight All Kinds services within the continental U.S., Alaska, Puerto Rico and Canada.