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ASBCA Issues Annual Report, Providing Data on How Often Contractors Prevail

Inside Government Contracts

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has issued its annual report for FY 2023, shedding light on how often contractor appeals reach a successful result, and what agencies are most frequently involved in contract litigation. The report shows that the Board disposed of 132 contractor appeals on the merits, and in 67% of these dispositions the Board found that the appeal had merit in whole or in part.

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Reading FedEx Ground the RICO Act

Art of Procurement

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known as RICO, is usually associated with organized crime. In 1992, it. The post Reading FedEx Ground the RICO Act appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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New Documentary Centers Reality Winner in the Telling of Her Story

Whistleblower Network News

“My name is Reality Winner. I’m an airman, a veteran, and I was convicted under the Espionage Act.” With these opening lines, delivered straight to camera by Winner centered in close-up, the documentary Reality Winner establishes why it is being re-released in a revised form: Reality’s voice can now be centered in the telling of her story. Reality Winner , directed by Sonia Kennebecker, was previously released in 2021 in an earlier form and was then titled United States vs.

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Cyber Attacks are Just as Damaging as Natural Disasters

FedInsider

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 2PM EDT | 90 Minutes | 1.5 Training Certificates It has been almost seven years since the White House issued Presidential Policy Directive 40, setting out the federal continuity policy “to maintain a comprehensive and effective continuity capability through Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG), and Enduring Constitutional Government (ECG) programs, ensuring the resilience and preservation of government structure under the United States Con

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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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CISA seeking comments on its ‘secure by design’ guidance

FedScoop

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is looking for feedback on its “secure by design” white paper, which pushes software manufacturers to follow more stringent security principles in the design and development of all products shipped to customers. CISA initially published its white paper — “ Shifting the Balance of Cybersecurity Risk: Principles and Approaches for Secure by Design Software ” — in April but released updated joint guidance with 17 domestic and foreign partners in

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GovCon Expert Chuck Brooks Enumerates Fed Civ Sector Advantages of Using Proven DOD Cybersecurity Technologies & Services

GovCon Wire

By Chuck Brooks, President of Brooks Consulting International With its broad national security role, the DOD has been a pioneer in the development of numerous innovative cybersecurity solutions.

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How Federal Agencies Can Leverage the Cloud for Application Modernization

FedTech Magazine

While federal agencies face hurdles to digital transformation and using technology to improve processes and the citizen experience, they are making steady progress. Modernizing legacy, monolithic applications that have resided on on-premises hardware and adapting them to more modern, cloud-based environments is an ongoing project across government. Modernized apps run faster and more efficiently and are also less costly to operate.

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Top highlights from AWS worldwide public sector partners at re:Invent 2023

AWS Public Sector

Jeff Kratz, right, and Thomas Siebel, center, listen as Jason Bonci talks during their fireside chat at the AWS Partner Keynote at re:Invent 2023. This week, the city of Las Vegas served as a vibrant hub of energy and creativity during the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2023 conference. This is my 11th year participating in re:Invent and I continue to be awestruck by the innovative ideas and value that AWS Partners bring to our customers.

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DHS lays out new ‘cybersecurity readiness’ metrics for contractors

Federal News Network

The Department of Homeland Security will use a “cybersecurity readiness” assessment to evaluate whether contractors have appropriate cyber defenses in place prior to making contract awards. DHS published the details of the new “cybersecurity readiness evaluation factor” in a Nov. 1 notice signed by Kenneth Bible, DHS’ chief information security officer, and Sarah Todd, DHS’ executive director of acquisition policy and legislation.

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Revolutionizing public procurement in Uganda: the power of citizen contract monitoring

Open Contracting Partnership

Challenge: Uganda’s public procurement authorities lack adequate resources and manpower to monitor many major contractors across the country’s more than 100 districts, leading to abandoned projects, missing deliverables and time and cost overruns. Open contracting approach : Uganda’s Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) worked collaboratively with civil society and a development partner, the German Development Agency GIZ to build a digital contract monitoring s

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Innovation procurement under the Procurement Act 2023 -- changing procurement culture on the cheap?

How to Crack a Nut

On 13 November 2023, the UK Government published guidance setting out its ambitions for innovation procurement under the new Procurement Act 2023 (not yet in force, of which you can read a summary here). This further expands on the ambitions underpinning the Transforming Public Procurement project that started after Brexit. The Government’s expectation is that the ‘ the new legislation will allow public procurement to be done in more flexible and innovative ways ’, and that this will ‘ enable pu

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The LEGO Sustainability Saga

Art of Procurement

“We can’t say we inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow if we’re ruining the planet.” – Tim Guy Brooks, Head. The post The LEGO Sustainability Saga appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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WNN Exclusive: Fish and Wildlife Service Whistleblower Awards Remain Severely Underutilized

Whistleblower Network News

This is part of a series of WNN exclusives on whistleblower awards paid out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to wildlife whistleblowers. From late 2019 through 2022, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued twenty-one whistleblower awards to individuals who provided high-quality information about wildlife crime. The existence of these awards has not been previously made public and details about them were made available to Whistleblower Network News in response to a Freedom o

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Generative AI in Government

FedInsider

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 2:00PM EST | 1 Hour | Training Certificate It is hard to believe that ChatGPT isn’t even a year old yet, when you look at the tidal wave of new apps that have been released in its wake. After decades where the phrase “artificial intelligence” was sufficient, commentary in the public sphere has already moved to the next level – generative AI.

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DHS seeks information for CISA analytics and machine learning project

FedScoop

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking cloud-related information to support an analytics and machine learning research and development project that’s in the works for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The Advanced Analytics Platform for Machine Learning (CAP-M) project, which is being developed by DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate for CISA, is “envisioned to be a multicloud, multi-tenant environment for testing new software and tools, and developing complex mac

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Biden Signs $886B FY24 NDAA Into Law

GovCon Wire

President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act that seeks to authorize $886 billion in military spending for fiscal year 2024, Reuters reported. The Senate voted 87-13 to pass the FY 2024 NDAA, which cleared the House in a 310-118 vote.

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Retired Army General Michael Garrett Joins Nano Dimension’s Board

ExecutiveBiz

Michael Garrett , a retired U.S. Army four-star general, was added to the board of directors of Nano Dimension , a provider of intelligent machines for the fabrication of additively manufactured electronics. He brings to Nano Dimension experience in serving as commanding general of the Army Forces Command-- a role that capped his almost four decades of service with the Army.

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Technology Is Turning Conference Rooms into Hubs for Seamless Collaboration

FedTech Magazine

With the opening of its Workplace Innovation Lab, the General Services Administration seeks to better understand how hybrid work and the deployment of communication technologies will impact its employees. Located in Washington, D.C., the WIL takes up 25,000 square feet inside GSA headquarters and is equipped with access control and onsite security personnel.

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Top CIOs to Watch in 2024

WashngtonExec

In the highly competitive and evolving world of government contracting, companies need to stay ahead of the game and on top of the technology trends driving solutions to customers. But this innovation also needs to happen within and, considering how technology is reshaping the industry, the role of the chief information officer has never been [.

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Applying AI in Healthcare: Netsmart AI Data Lab

AWS Public Sector

Over the past decade, billions of federal dollars have been invested in reshaping how hospitals and clinics manage their health records. But in human services, post-acute and community-based services — the segments of care dedicated to mental health, substance use, home care, hospice and the environments people live in — change has been slower to come.

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Department of Homeland Security Using Cybersecurity Readiness as an Evaluation Factor

Holland & Knight: Government Contracts

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Nov. 1, 2023, announced that cybersecurity readiness would be used as an evaluation factor for contracts involving the use of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

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Creating Trust and Inclusion at Your Agency: NextGen Speakers Explain How

GovLoop

Government employees don’t operate in a vacuum. It takes teamwork — and a lot of it — to keep agencies operating, meeting missions and providing for constituents. That’s why it’s crucial to build a culture of trust, but when it takes only seven seconds to make 11 assumptions about someone, that’s not much time to make a solid first impression, said Tiana Sanchez, author of “Undefeatable” and “The Upside of Failure,” during the recent N extGen virtual training summit.

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Getting a Kiss From a World Class Supply Chain

Art of Procurement

Founded in 1894 by Milton Hershey, The Hershey Company has seen their share of ups and downs. Not only have. The post Getting a Kiss From a World Class Supply Chain appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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VA Whistleblowers Continue to Face Extreme Rates of Retaliation, Report Confirms

Whistleblower Network News

A recent report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) demonstrates that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblowers continue to face high rates of retaliation. The VA is one of the largest federal agencies with 400,000 employees and hundreds of medical facilities. Those who witness fraud or malpractice within the agency are able to use the VA Whistleblower Protection Program, which is meant to protect against retaliation and protect the identity of the complainant.

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Applying AI to Advance Agency Missions

FedInsider

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | Training Certificate Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly useful in applications throughout the federal government. Officials such as Federal CIO Clare Martorana and Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks speak about its significance in improving customer experiences and rapid returns on investment within DoD.

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FDA cybersecurity agreement on medical devices needs updating, watchdog finds

FedScoop

Medical devices like heart monitors, which are under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, have cybersecurity vulnerabilities that aren’t frequently exploited but nevertheless pose risks to hospital networks and patients, according to a recent watchdog report. The Government Accountability Office highlighted that the FDA’s medical device cybersecurity formal agreement is five years old and needs to be updated with the help of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security

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DISA Adds 4 Contractors to Proliferated LEO Satellite-Based Services Program

GovCon Wire

The Defense Information Systems Agency has added four companies to a multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide satellite-based services and capabilities to the U.S. Space Force.

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Booz Allen’s Susan Penfield, John Larson Discuss AI’s Implications for Government Missions

ExecutiveBiz

Susan Penfield , chief technology officer at Booz Allen Hamilton and a three-time Wash100 awardee, said the 2024 issue of the company’s Velocity magazine explores the opportunities and challenges associated with harnessing the power of artificial intelligence in support of government missions. As part of this year’s edition of Velocity, Penfield and John Larson , an executive vice president and AI practice lead at Booz Allen, talked about key issues related to AI transformation in a video interv

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HPE and Department of Energy Prepare for the Second Phase of Newest Supercomputer

FedTech Magazine

Kestrel, the Department of Energy’s newest supercomputer, has taken flight. The impressive machine would have never left the nest without Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the prime contractor responsible for bringing it to life. DOE tapped HPE in late 2021 to build the new platform to tackle ongoing renewable energy and energy-efficiency research. Kestrel will deliver more than five times faster performance, with 44 petaflops of computing power.

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DoD outlines four-phase approach to implement CMMC in proposed rule

Federal News Network

The Defense Department’s long-awaited proposed rule for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program lays out DoD’s plan to introduce the CMMC requirements over the next three years. The proposed rule, released today and scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 26, would establish requirements “for a comprehensive and scalable assessment mechanism” to ensure defense contractors are implementing required security protections.

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Building smart infrastructure: Using AWS services for digital twins

AWS Public Sector

A digital twin is a digital replica of a physical asset or system, which can be used for various purposes including simulation, analysis, and optimization. In the government sector , digital twins can be particularly useful in optimizing the performance of essential infrastructure, such as transportation networks, power grids, and water systems. Services from Amazon Web Services (AWS), such as AWS IoT Core , Amazon Simple Storage Service ( Amazon S3 ), and Amazon SageMaker can be used to collect

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September 2023 Developments Under President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order and National Cybersecurity Strategy

Inside Government Contracts

This is the twenty-ninth in a series of Covington blogs on implementation of Executive Order 14028, “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” issued by President Biden on May 12, 2021 (the “Cyber EO”). The first blog summarized the Cyber EO’s key provisions and timelines, and the subsequent blogs described the actions taken by various government agencies to implement the Cyber EO from June 2021 through August 2023.

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Innovations in Data: Give People Time to Figure Things Out

GovLoop

When data novices find themselves stumped, they often waste no time in calling a data expert. Soon enough, the problem is solved. But what did they learn? It’s like the adage about giving someone a fish vs. teaching them to fish for themselves. That’s why Scott Beliveau, Principal Innovation Architect at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recommends that data experts give novices an opportunity to work through problems on their own.

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Buyer Power Score – Pest Control Services

Art of Procurement

The AOP Buyer Power Score is a content offering created in partnership with ProcurementIQ that rates the balance of power. The post Buyer Power Score – Pest Control Services appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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CFTC Set New Record for Whistleblower Tips in FY 2023

Whistleblower Network News

On October 31, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released its Annual Report on the CFTC Whistleblower Program for the 2023 Fiscal Year (FY 2023). In the report, the agency revealed that it received a record 1,530 whistleblower tips in FY 2023. The CFTC further reports that since the program was established in 2010 it has “issued 41 orders granting awards totaling almost $350 million.

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5G: The Transformation of Defense Networks

FedInsider

Friday, October 13, 2023 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE In 2022, the Department of Defense created a cross-functional team to accelerate the adoption of 5G and future-generation wireless networking technologies, laying the foundation for new opportunities to implement innovative solutions to military needs. The potential is there for 5G (and beyond) to remake the integration and interoperability of the different DoD domains – air, land, sea, space, and cyber – as envisioned in DoD’s Joint All-Dom