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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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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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Billie Winner-Davis and Victoria Turner

Whistleblower Network News

In this special episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, host Jane Turner speaks with Billie Winner-Davis and Victoria Turner about the trauma experienced by family members of whistleblowers who face retaliation. Billie is the mother of Reality Winner , the intelligence community whistleblower imprisoned for leaking a NSA report on the Russian government’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.

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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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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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Lockheed Secures $2.3B NASA Contract to Develop NOAA GeoXO Weather Satellite Constellation

GovCon Wire

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a potential $2.27 billion contract from NASA to build a constellation of Geostationary Extended Observations weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NASA said Tuesday the cost-plus-award-fee contract includes the development of three GeoXO weather satellites with options for four additional spacecraft.

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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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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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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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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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TMF investments to modernize campaign finance software, tribal school websites, HR system

FedScoop

Updating federal campaign finance reporting software, modernizing tribal communities’ school websites and streamlining human resources information systems are among the new investments announced Tuesday from the Technology Modernization Fund. The announcement of the $31.66 million funding round — to the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Interior and the Department of Energy — came with a warning from the General Services Administration.

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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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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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Why the government should use more shared services to reduce costs

Federal News Network

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reiterated something it has been pointing out for years: The government wastes billions and billions of dollars on duplicative and overlapping activities. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin ‘s guest says the GAO overlooked a crucial way to stop the waste, namely shared services. Steve Goodrich is the Chairman of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition.

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Retention in construction contracts – publishing requirements: CPN 1/2024

Scottish Government Procurement

We have published a new Construction Policy Note (CPN) providing advice to public bodies of the new requirements for publishing information on their use of cash retention in construction contracts. The new CPN follows on from published guidance on the use of cash retention in construction contracts in CPN 3/2022 , which became effective on 20 February 2023.

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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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PPDNI Stacey Dixon Accepts 2024 Wash100 Award

GovCon Wire

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Dr. Stacey Dixon received her 2024 Wash100 Award from Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson during a recent meeting. The Wash100 Award annually recognizes the executives of consequence shaping the government and the government contracting sector.

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Building and Maintaining US Military Bases Overseas: Opportunities for Federal Contractors

USFCR

US military bases overseas are crucial for global security and international operations. These bases require significant construction, maintenance, and modernization efforts, presenting lucrative opportunities for federal contractors. Additionally, the presence of these bases can have positive impacts on local communities, including economic benefits and infrastructure development.

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GSA contracting officers are driving schedule holders crazy

Federal News Network

Complaints coming from contractors on the General Services Administration’s multiple-award schedule. They say contracting officers are trying to re-negotiate finished contracts and making unreasonable demands for information. For more, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with federal sales and marketing consultant Larry Allen. Interview transcript Tom Temin And you have found that this is mainly happening in the information technology part of the Unified Schedules program.

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CEO Haresh Vataliya on Growing vTech Solution & the Competitive Advantage of 8(a) SDBs

ExecutiveBiz

Haresh Vataliya, CEO of vTech Solution, has navigated a path of strategic growth and innovation for nearly two decades.

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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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How CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment Is Helping Agencies

FedTech Magazine

Federal IT leaders looking to jump-start application modernization within their agencies should first conduct assessments of their app portfolios to create a game plan, according to Greg Peters, the founder of CDW’s own assessment. Peters says automating such an assessment, as CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment does, further speeds up modernization efforts.

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Former Pioneer Oil CEO Scott Sheffield – Colluder or Scapegoat?

Art of Procurement

In 2019, Pioneer Natural Resources, an independent shale oil producer in West Texas, was worth $24 Billion. Their CEO, Scott. The post Former Pioneer Oil CEO Scott Sheffield – Colluder or Scapegoat? appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Navy Awards 49 Companies $982M in USV System Support Contracts

ExecutiveBiz

The U.S. Navy has awarded 49 companies indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts worth $982.1 million combined to support the service branch’s current and future unmanned surface vehicle family of systems and subsystems.

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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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Understanding Joint Venture Experience Calculation and Construction Turnover

The Procurement ClassRoom

When participating in joint ventures (JVs), accurately calculating and attributing experience can be crucial. Here, we delve into common practices for JV experience attribution and offer recommendations based on project complexity. Methods for JV Experience Attribution 1. Equal Share (100% each partner): This straightforward method attributes 100% of the experience to each partner.

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Trafigura Whistleblower Disclosure Leads to $55 Million Enforcement Action by CFTC

Whistleblower Network News

On June 17, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that Trafigura Holding LLC agreed to pay $55 million to settle allegations of fraud, market manipulation, and impeding the ability of employees to blow the whistle. Whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto announced that a whistleblower made a disclosure in the case.

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NASA Seeks Industry Feedback on Draft Statement of Work for PAAC VI Requirement

ExecutiveBiz

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a draft statement of work for the Program and Analysis Control VI contract and is calling on interested parties for responses. PAAC VI will provide various program, business, financial and accounting services to support NASA, according to a sources sought notice posted Monday on SAM.gov.

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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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Not my standard -- presentation at GR'24

How to Crack a Nut

I am attending Global Revolution 24 at the University of Nottingham. This is always an interesting conference and a good platform to catch up with colleagues and friends from all over the world. I spent Day 1 attending the four workshops of the AI and procurement stream that Jessica Tillipman (GW Law) and I co-organised. This was a day full of insightful and engaging discussions, and I took a lot of ideas for further research and policy work, including on the need for a different approach to con

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Top AI Execs to Watch in 2024: Booz Allen’s John Larson

WashngtonExec

John Larson Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence, Booz Allen As AI is rapidly transforming the world, John Larson’s leadership has been instrumental in establishing Booz Allen’s position as the leading provider of AI services to the federal government. With over 200 active AI projects across critical areas like national security, health and defense, Booz [.

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Precision Talent Solutions Unveils Career Consulting Service for GovCon Sector

ExecutiveBiz

Precision Talent Solutions has launched a career consulting service for government contracting professionals looking for careers in the GovCon sector and companies seeking outplacement services for departing employees.

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Coast Guard Awards 8 Spots on $233M Follow-On C5I System Installation, Logistics Management Support IDIQ

GovCon Wire

The U.S. Coast Guard has selected eight small businesses for the second iteration of a potential $233.3 million multiple-award contract to provide installation and logistics management support services for command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence systems. The agency announced the selected vendors through award notices published Monday on SAM.gov.

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Back to Basics: The Buy American Act

SmallGovCon

We get a lot of questions about federal government contracting as federal government contracting attorneys, which makes sense. One thing we get asked about a lot is the Buy American Act. This is also unsurprising, as the government really did not do the best job in making it clear what this act does. We have talked about the Act before, but now, let’s take a deeper dive into it.

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Damian DiPippa Named CEO of Auria

WashngtonExec

Damian DiPippa is the new CEO of Auria, an Enlightenment Capital-backed company. “Auria has built an impressive suite of innovative solutions and software products with an amazing team of employees dedicated to solving the toughest challenges across the Space domain,” said DiPippa. “I am excited to join this team and look forward to leveraging my [.

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SwRI Holds Ground-Breaking Ceremony for New High-Speed Propulsion System Research Facility

ExecutiveBiz

Southwest Research Institute, or SwRI, held a ground-breaking ceremony for its Center for Accelerating Materials and Processes, a two-story, 36,600-square-foot facility that will support research and development for high-speed aerospace engines. In a press release issued Monday, Barron Bichon, director of SwRI’s materials engineering department, said, “This project will help ensure the U.S.

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A Look Into the Navy’s Collaboration Priorities

GovCon Wire

The Department of the Navy has set its course for modernization with the recent release of several long-term strategies. Though progress has been made, the DON needs “the brainpower and the muscle of industry and academia” to continue expanding its repertoire of advanced technologies, according to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, a 2024 Wash100 awardee.