June, 2024

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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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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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Robert Lewis Named GDIT’s CTO for Intelligence & Homeland Security Division

GovCon Wire

Robert Lewis, a 21-year veteran of General Dynamics‘ (NYSE: GD) information technology, has been appointed chief technology officer for GDIT’s intelligence and homeland security division, according to his LinkedIn post. He assumed the position after serving as vice president of engineering and solutions within the company’s intelligence and homeland security segment for nearly three years.

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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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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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Fine-tuning an LLM using QLoRA in AWS GovCloud (US)

AWS Public Sector

Introduction Government agencies are increasingly using large language models (LLMs) powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI) to extract valuable insights from their data in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Regions. In this guide, we walk you through the process of adapting LLMs to specific domains with parameter efficient fine-tuning techniques made accessible through Amazon SageMaker integrations with Hugging Face.

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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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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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General Dynamics Books $1.1B Navy Contract for DDG 51 Destroyer Planning Yard Support

GovCon Wire

A General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) subsidiary has received a potential five-year, $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy to provide planning yard support services for the military branch’s DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

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Kaitlyn Webster Promoted to Chief Solutions Architect at RS21

ExecutiveBiz

Kaitlyn Webster, former director of data analytics at RS21, was elevated to the role of chief solutions architect at the Albuquerque, New Mexico-located data science company. RS21 said Monday Webster will now be responsible for driving the development of the company’s innovative products and services to meet customer requirements.

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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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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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FBI Reinstates Security Clearance of Agent Who Testified before Congress Amidst Scrutiny Over DOJ Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblower Network News

In the wake of a Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG) memo which raised concerns about the DOJ and FBI’s practice of revoking security clearances of whistleblowers , the FBI has reinstated the security clearance of Marcus Allen , an agent who claimed whistleblower status and testified before Congress. In a May 31 letter to Allen , FBI Executive Assistant Director Timothy Dunham wrote, “My decision to reinstate your security clearance is based upon a determination

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Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

Government Contracts

As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

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Chris Coligado Joins Smoothstack as EVP, Federal Market Lead

GovCon Wire

McLean, Virginia-based information technology services provider Smoothstack has appointed Chris Coligado, a senior executive with over 20 years of technology consulting experience, as executive vice president and federal market lead.

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Creighton Reed Appointed Adarga SVP

ExecutiveBiz

Creighton Reed, a business development executive, has joined artificial intelligence analytics tools provider Adarga as senior vice president. In a LinkedIn post published Sunday, Reed said he will co-lead the U.S. operations of London-headquartered Adarga with Chris Gore, most recently president of U.S. risk intelligence firm J2X Solutions.

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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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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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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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Mass. Dentist Indicted In Alleged $2M Medicaid Fraud

Government Contracts

A Massachusetts dentist and her practice have been charged with fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth, more than $2 million for services that were never provided.

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What Does the Future of 5G Look Like?

GovCon Wire

Communications technology advancements are driving forward important innovations and improvements for 5G. But what’s in store for the next generation of 5G connectivity and communications in the defense sector? Panelists at the Potomac Officers Club’s 5G Forum shared their insights last month. Hear more industry-leading insights at Potomac Officers Club events.

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PanTeXas Deterrence Books Potential $30B NNSA Contract; SOC’s Doug Magee Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

The National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded a potential 20-year, $30 billion contract to PanTeXas Deterrence, a joint venture formed by a BWX Technologies subsidiary, Fluor, SOC and Texas A&M University System, to manage and operate the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.

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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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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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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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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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Jonathan Greenert to Succeed Kelly Ayotte as BAE Systems Inc. Board Chair

GovCon Wire

Jonathan Greenert, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, will take on the role of chair of the board of directors at the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems. He will succeed Kelly Ayotte, a former senator who has held the position of board chair at BAE Systems Inc. since December 2021, the company said Friday.

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BWXT Receives Phase 2 Contract for Continued Microreactor Development Work in Wyoming; Joe Miller Quoted

ExecutiveBiz

The Wyoming Energy Authority has awarded a BWX Technologies subsidiary phase 2 of a contract for continued engineering work on small-scale nuclear reactors. The aim of the contract is to determine the viability of using microreactor systems to augment Wyoming’s power supply, BWXT said Monday.

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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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OSC Says Coast Guard has Addressed Unlawful NDAs which Chilled Sexual Assault Whistleblowing

Whistleblower Network News

On June 5, the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has taken corrective actions “to address its use of unlawful non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) entered into with sexual assault survivors and others.” In 2023, CNN reported that an internal Coast Guard investigation, dubbed “Operation Fouled Anchor,” had “uncovered a dark history of rapes, assaults and other serious misconduct being ignored and, at times, covered up by high-ranking officials” but that the

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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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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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For Unanet’s CIO, the Focus Is on Arming GovCons With AI Solutions

GovCon Wire

When Steve Karp stepped into the role of chief innovation officer for government contractor-focused software company Unanet, he did so knowing that a big part of the job would be continuing to push the envelope to give GovCons more of the intelligent tools they need to deliver superior project outcomes and, ultimately, grow their businesses

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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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Veterans Affairs announces extension of EHR award for Oracle Cerner

FedScoop

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it has awarded Oracle Cerner — the embattled technology provider of the agency’s electronic health record system — with an extension of its contract for EHR system modernization. The 11-month option, which the VA said “completes the second option period award,” follows a month of negotiations focused on “supporting value-added services” like system enhancements and improving predictability in hosting, deployment and sustainment, accordin

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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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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 [.