Sat.May 25, 2024 - Fri.May 31, 2024

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TMF Helps Agencies Modernize and Improve Citizen Services

FedTech Magazine

The Technology Modernization Fund jump-started two major projects of the National Archives and Records Administration that will improve customer and employee experiences. With $9.1 million in TMF funds, NARA will upgrade two outdated IT systems no longer supported by its vendor with new cloud-based software. The new applications improve efficiencies and provide veterans and their families — and hundreds of federal agencies — with faster, more reliable and secure access to records.

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Use modular architecture for flexible and extensible RAG-based generative AI solutions

AWS Public Sector

Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) is the process of optimizing the output of a large language model (LLM). It references an authoritative knowledge base outside of its training data sources before generating a response. A RAG -based solution lets organizations jumpstart generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications with faster and more cost-effective ways to inject fresh, trusted data into foundation models (FMs), making generative AI easier for businesses to onboard.

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SAIC Lands Air Force Contract for Tactical Data Link IT Services

ExecutiveBiz

Science Applications International Corp. has received a $29.3 million requirements contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide information technology services in support of a tactical data exchange system used on airborne platforms.

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Palantir Books $480M Army Contract for Maven Smart System Prototype

GovCon Wire

A Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) subsidiary has received a five-year, $480 million firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Army for the Maven Smart System prototype. The Department of Defense said Wednesday Palo Alto, California-headquartered Palantir USG is expected to complete contract work by May 28, 2029, at work locations yet to be determined.

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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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FBI’s $8 billion information technology services contract is its largest ever

FedScoop

The FBI announced awards for the second iteration of a blanket purchase agreement for IT services and supplies Friday, estimating the spend will be $8 billion. A total of 95 entities — 31 large businesses and 64 small businesses — received awards under the sequel to the Information Technology Supplies and Support Services contract, also known as ITSSS, the agency said in an update on SAM.gov.

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ICF helps FDA accelerate the drug labeling review process with AWS machine learning

AWS Public Sector

Within the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) plays a critical role. DMEPA reviews premarket and postmarket drug labeling to minimize the risk of medication errors. In partnership with FDA’s DMEPA team, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner ICF is developing a machine learning (ML) prototype known as the Computerized Labeling Assessment Tool (CLAT).

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Buchanan & Edwards, i3 Joint Venture Wins Spot on $1.5B Department of Commerce Contract

WashngtonExec

Buchanan & Edwards and i3 joint venture BrightPoint LLC has won a position on the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Acquisition for Transformational Technology Services contract. This 10-year contract is valued at $1.5 billion. The Department of Commerce is involved in shaping trade, economic development and technology initiatives in the U.S. The CATTS program falls under the [.

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EPA says it’s ‘on target’ to complete process for cybersecurity risk assessment

FedScoop

The Environmental Protection Agency said it is “on target” to establish a process to conduct organization-wide cybersecurity risk assessments within the next six months, putting a hard timeline on its long-awaited response to a watchdog report critical of the agency’s cyber posture. An agency spokesperson said in an email to FedScoop that the cyber risk assessment process — recommended to the EPA in a July 2019 Government Accountability Office report — is on track to be finished “by November 22.

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Breaking barriers and leveraging generative AI to advance the US Federal Government: Insights from AWS executive Yvette Cesario

AWS Public Sector

The US Federal Government has endless opportunity to lead the way as well as adopt best practices for how the latest technologies, including generative artificial intelligence (AI) , can be leveraged to fulfill its various missions. I’m curious, like many of you, about the opportunities technology provides for National Security in today’s current state.

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TransDigm to Acquire Test and Measurement Products Provider Raptor Scientific for $655M

ExecutiveBiz

Aircraft component producer TransDigm is acquiring Raptor Scientific, an L Squared Capital Partners portfolio company that provides aerospace and defense customers with test and measurement products. The acquisition is worth approximately $655 million and is expected to be financed using existing cash on hand, TransDigm said Tuesday.

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Interior Department Awards 4 Spots on $2B Foundation Cloud Hosting Services II Contract

GovCon Wire

The Department of the Interior has selected four companies for a potential 10-year, $2 billion follow-on contract for cloud license and support services. The awardees under the Foundation Cloud Hosting Services 2 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract are Accenture Federal Services, Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC), Smartronix and Zivaro, according to award notices published Tuesday.

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HHS names acting chief AI officer as it searches for permanent official

FedScoop

The Department of Health and Human Services has designated Micky Tripathi, its national coordinator for health IT, as acting chief artificial intelligence officer while it searches for a permanent replacement, a department spokesperson confirmed to FedScoop. “Micky has been a leading expert in our AI work and will provide tremendous expertise and relationships across HHS and externally to guide our efforts in the coming months,” the spokesperson said.

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Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Government Contracts

My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

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Glen Ives to Succeed Mark Fuller as Castellum CEO

ExecutiveBiz

Glen Ives will assume the CEO post at Castellum on July 1, taking over Mark Fuller’s role at the Vienna, Virginia-based cybersecurity, electronic warfare and software services company as the latter will step down to pursue other interests.

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Experts Discuss Challenges & Opportunities in Using 5G OCONUS

GovCon Wire

The benefits of 5G are far reaching, but using spectrum outside the continental United States, or OCONUS, presents a unique set of challenges for military forces.

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IRS makes Direct File permanent, with plans for expansion

FedScoop

The IRS’s Direct File program is here to stay and will be expanded for the 2025 tax season, the agency announced Thursday. The decision to make Direct File a permanent program comes after a pilot this year that allowed taxpayers in 12 states to electronically file their federal returns directly with the agency at no cost. IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a statement that taxpayers this filing season delivered a “clear message” to the agency in wanting “one no-cost option for filing electron

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TMF Helps Federal Agencies Modernize and Improve Service to Citizens

FedTech Magazine

The Technology Modernization Fund jump-started two major projects of the National Archives and Records Administration that will improve customer and employee experiences. With $9.1 million in TMF funds, NARA will upgrade two outdated IT systems no longer supported by its vendor with new cloud-based software. The new applications improve efficiencies and provide veterans and their families — and hundreds of federal agencies — with faster, more reliable and secure access to records.

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ERG Receives $85M EPA Environmental Collaboration & Conflict Resolution Contract

ExecutiveBiz

Eastern Research Group has received an $85.3 million contract to provide environmental collaboration and conflict resolution services to the Environmental Protection Agency. The ECCRS contract will help the EPA Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center implement alternative dispute resolution techniques to prevent and resolve disputes with internal and external parties, according to solicitation documents.

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Lockheed Martin’s Maria Demaree Presented With 2024 Wash100 Award

GovCon Wire

Maria Demaree, vice president and general manager of national security space at Lockheed Martin’s space business, recently accepted her 2024 Wash100 Award during a meeting with Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the accolade. Wash100 annually highlights executives in the government contracting industry who have consistently demonstrated remarkable leadership skills.

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ManTech Promotes Jen Rodriguez to VP, Intel Sector Division

WashngtonExec

ManTech has promoted Jen Rodriguez vice president of its intel sector division. Rodriguez will report directly to ManTech’s Intel Sector President Barbara Haines-Parmele. Since 2019, Rodriquez served as deputy of this division. In her new role, she is responsible for managing the growth and success of this division and its team supporting the mission-critical client [.

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Interior awards $2 billion cloud hosting contract to 7 vendors

FedScoop

The Interior Department this week awarded spots on its latest cloud hosting services contract to seven vendors, estimated to be worth up to $2 billion total over 10 years. The companies that landed awards under Interior’s Foundation Cloud Hosting Services II contract are Accenture Federal Services , IBM , CGI Federal , SAIC , Cognosante , Zivaro and Smartronix.

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Maximus’ Beverly Roberts Talks Emerging Tech, Company Culture & Health Industry Trends

ExecutiveBiz

Beverly Roberts began her career in healthcare as a researcher specializing in retroviruses. Her work brought her to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she continued her research while gaining skills in information technology.

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USDA Should Redo $44M Software Order Again, GAO Says

Government Contracts

The Government Accountability Office publicly released a decision on Thursday in support of a company's protest of a $44.2 million Department of Agriculture task order for software support for conservation-related programs, concluding the order was not properly issued.

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Do National Courts Really Give Effect to 90% of All International Arbitral Awards?

Kluwer Arbitration

International arbitration specialists frequently estimate that national courts give effect to about 90% of all international arbitral awards. Recently, several scholars have set out to empirically test this estimated 90% enforcement rate (see here , here , here , and here ). When they ran their numbers regarding how frequently national courts give effect to awards, however, they found courts giving effect to awards at rates significantly lower than 90%.

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Dell Technologies’ Ed Hicks: Federated Learning Could Help Agencies Advance AI at the Edge

GovCon Wire

Ed Hicks, business development manager for federal and artificial intelligence at Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), said government agencies that intend to implement AI at the edge should consider adopting federated learning to quickly glean insights from data while ensuring the security of critical data. In an article published on Carahsoft.

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RELI Group, Hive Group Win $340M TSA Integrated Program Management Support Services Contract

ExecutiveBiz

RELI Group and Hive Group have secured a five-year, $340 million blanket purchase agreement to provide the Transportation Security Administration with integrated program management support services. The IPMSS contract covers general program and project management support, acquisition program management support, information technology program management support and financial management and cost-estimating support services, RELI Group said.

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New HHS request for proposals, has industry up in arms

Federal News Network

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a request for proposals that industry finds puzzling. CMS terminated an existing call center contractor after two years. That award had taken three years to establish. CMS is requiring re-compete contractors to have labor harmony agreements. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin looks into this puzzle with the President and CEO of the Professional Services Council, David Berteau.

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Advocates Making Final Push to Ensure DOJ Whistleblower Program is a Success

Whistleblower Network News

As the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) nears the conclusion of its “90-day policy sprint” to develop a whistleblower awards program, whistleblower advocates are making a final push calling on the DOJ to implement best practices found in other successful whistleblower programs. The policy sprint, announced on March 7 , is a process “to gather information, consult with stakeholders, and design a thoughtful, well-informed program,” according to Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M.

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Zero-Touch Configuration Is an IT Modernization Game Changer

FedTech Magazine

When the U.S. Census Bureau needed new devices for their workers to survey residents across the country, the organization’s IT leaders wanted to ensure the process of getting those tablets was seamless for tens of thousands of employees. The IT staff didn’t have the resources to install software and set up profiles for each device, nor was it the best use of their time.

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Andrea Cruden Named L3Harris VP of Strategy, Business Development for Space Systems

ExecutiveBiz

Andrea Cruden, formerly a senior director at Northrop Grumman, has joined L3Harris Technologies as vice president of strategy and business development for space systems.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission names permanent CIO

FedScoop

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is elevating its acting chief information officer and former deputy CIO to the permanent CIO role, the agency said in a Wednesday release. Scott Flanders, who will assume the permanent CIO position Sunday, is charged with managing and employing technology to enhance “information access and strengthen agency performance,” the NRC’s release states.

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A Better Leg to Stand On: Federal Circuit Court Eases Way for Protesters to Show Prejudice at COFC

SmallGovCon

If you’re a contractor thinking about protesting an award decision to the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), you have to show that the agency’s mistake prejudiced you in some way (the same goes for GAO, as we have explored before ). That is, you have to show that there was a substantial chance you would have received contract award if not for the agency’s mistake.

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Series Introduction: Specialized Opportunities in Government Contracting

USFCR

In the dynamic world of federal contracting, understanding where your business fits can be the key to unlocking opportunities. From groundbreaking technologies to essential public services, certain sectors stand out for their potential. This series, "Specialized Opportunities in Government Contracting," is crafted to highlight these areas, offering insights and actionable strategies for businesses eager to navigate the federal marketplace.

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BCS Acquires Allegient Defense From NowVertical Group

ExecutiveBiz

A BCS subsidiary has acquired Allegient Defense, an Arlington, Virginia-based systems engineering and technical assistance provider, from Canada-based data analytics and artificial intelligence company NowVertical Group. NOW said Monday the divestment will help reduce debt and enable the company to make strategic investments in core areas.

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Jen Rodriguez Promoted to VP of Intel Sector Division at ManTech

GovCon Wire

Jen Rodriguez, a program manager with 26 years of combined military and industry experience, has been promoted to vice president of the Intel sector division at ManTech, GovCon Wire has learned.

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Whistleblower Receives $4.36 Million in Cape Cod Hospital Settlement

Whistleblower Network News

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Cape Cod Hospital agreed to pay $24.3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures which failed to comply with procedures to evaluate patient suitability. The settlement resolves whistleblower claims brought forward by Richard Zelman, a physician formerly employed by Cape Cod Hospital, in a qui tam lawsuit.