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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 With $9.1 million in TMF funds, NARA will upgrade two outdated IT systems no longer supported by its vendor with new cloud-based software.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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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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CyberSmart 2024: Cybersecurity Faces a Rapidly Changing Landscape – Washington DC

FedInsider

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM EST | 3 CPE | Washington DC Cybersecurity has always contended with evolving threats. As the internet has become more embedded into social and economic life and smart phones, tablets and other handheld devices become ubiquitous, bad actors have devised new attacks to capitalize on new vulnerabilities. And just as agencies are implementing zero trust architecture to help with this wave, other IT developments are threatening to upend cybersecurity even

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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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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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Shipping Company Involved in Baltimore Bridge Collapse Retaliated Against Whistleblower

Whistleblower Network News

Maersk Line Limited, the company that chartered the cargo ship that crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, was sanctioned by the Department of Labor (DOL) in July 2023 for retaliating against a whistleblower who raised safety concerns. The DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that Maersk illegally fired a seaman who reported a variety of safety concerns to the U.S.

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DoD’s multibillion dollar moving contract overcomes latest IT integration hurdle

Federal News Network

The Pentagon’s massive contract to overhaul the military’s system for moving military members’ belongings from one duty station to another has cleared its latest technical hurdle and is finally ready to start being used for moves, company officials involved with the multibillion dollar contract told investors Tuesday. A new round of IT integration testing, conducted in January, proved “successful,” said Stuart Bradie, the president and CEO of KBR.

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GovCon Expert Warren Linscott on How Small Businesses Can Leverage an ERP to Drive Growth and Maturity

GovCon Wire

By Warren Linscott, Senior Vice President & Chief Product Officer at Deltek Over my career, I’ve closely followed the growth paths of small businesses in the government contracting space. I’ve seen several behaviors and practices that contributed to successfully growing their business.

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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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The four key drivers that can enable better IT procurement

Open Contracting Partnership

Bridging the digital divide: Implementing open procurement for effective digital transformation Digital transformation is arguably the most important administrative undertaking of governments around the world. From healthcare management and social safety net technology to managing vaccine sign-ups during the pandemic , governments simply need to buy IT better.

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Top Pricing Execs to Watch in 2024

WashngtonExec

For WashingtonExec’s Top Pricing Execs to Watch in 2024, we identified the best of the best in building proper pricing models for success, bringing strategic thought leadership to each opportunity, and putting long-term growth and strategy first. Based on their accomplishments, impact on business goals and vision for the near-term future, these execs bring exactly what the GovCon community needs to empower competition and success.

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WEST 2024: Artificial Intelligence Still Needs a Human Touch

FedTech Magazine

Artificial intelligence can be a valuable military tool, but several top military officials and industry experts said this week that they believe it will work best only if humans remain involved in its use. Speaking at WEST 2024 in San Diego, several officials talked about the coming use of AI in the Navy’s future hybrid fleet, a combination of manned and unmanned vessels.

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ICE pursuing privacy approvals related to controversial phone location data

FedScoop

Back in January, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had stopped using commercial telemetry data that government agencies buy from private companies. That practice has been frequently criticized by civil rights groups that argue that by purchasing the phone location data from third parties, the government is essentially side-stepping the Fourth Amendment and violating peoples’ privacy.

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Modernizing Dam Safety – Digital Innovations for Proactive Monitoring & Mitigation Strategies

FedInsider

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE With a growing number of dams approaching their design service life, dam safety engineers are looking for ways to mitigate the risks related to public safety, aging infrastructure and rising maintenance costs. Modernizing dam monitoring and maintenance practices with digital advancements, including the latest automated condition monitoring solutions, drone-captured reality modeling and digital twins, are giving public sector dam operators to

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Introducing Art of Supply

Art of Procurement

Effective today, Dial P for Procurement is the Art of Supply podcast. Building on the strength of the category-leading Art. The post Introducing Art of Supply appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Supreme Court Decision in SOX Retaliation Case “A Major Win for Whistleblowers”

Whistleblower Network News

On February 8, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC , a Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower case with widespread implications for the ability of whistleblowers to seek anti-retaliation protections under federal whistleblower laws. The Supreme Court ruled that whistleblowers do not need to prove retaliatory intent in order to be protected under SOX.

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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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A tech pipeline for rural communities: West Virginia joins AWS Tech Alliance

AWS Public Sector

Last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the AWS Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance to improve the employment gap by increasing tech skills globally. The initiative brings together a coalition of Fortune 500 companies and other employers, government agencies, workforce development organizations, and education leaders to better prepare learners for entry-level tech careers.

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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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HPE Lands DISA Distributed Hybrid Multi Cloud Prototype Development OTA

ExecutiveBiz

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has secured an other transaction authority agreement from the Defense Information Systems Agency to build a prototype capability as part of a program that seeks to modernize the x86 server architecture to “achieve a unified operating experience” while supporting secure hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments. DISA announced the OTA award in a LinkedIn post published Friday.

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Better bike lanes in the Philippines: Civic groups won a budget for bike lanes, then followed the money

Open Contracting Partnership

When the pandemic began, the Philippines government suspended all public transport. With only 6% of Filipinos owning private cars, the decision affected many – including doctors and nurses on the frontline fighting the virus. “There were healthcare workers who needed to walk for around three to four hours to get where they needed to go,” says Kenneth Isaiah Ibasco Abante, President of WeSolve Foundation , a youth-led coalition accelerator for systemic change in the Philippines.

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Make Mental Health Awareness a Priority

GovLoop

In May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. The observance began in — hold onto your hats — 1949! While that makes it 75 years old, many people and organizations might just be recognizing it for the first time. That’s an important step to take, because healthy employees are productive and happy, and mental health matters. The National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI ) reports that one in five adults will experience a mental health challenge each year, but only half of that group will r

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There Goes the Sun: NASA Upgrades Technology to Prepare for a Total Solar Eclipse

FedTech Magazine

To prepare for the total solar eclipse in 2017, NASA focused on technology that would keep its livestreams running for those who couldn’t see it in person. This time, the agency has looked at how to spend less money for even better service. About 12 million people watched the eclipse on NASA sites on Aug. 21, 2017, the first to cover much of the U.S. in more than a century.

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ICE says it’s stopped using commercial telemetry data

FedScoop

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stopped using commercial telemetry data, which can include phone data that reveals a person’s location, an agency spokesperson confirmed to FedScoop. “Like other law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) employs various forms of technology to investigate violations of the law, while appropriately respecting civil liberties and privacy interests,” the spokesperson said.

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Protecting APIs & Sensitive Data

FedInsider

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 2:00PM EDT | 1 Hour | 1 CPE In today’s interconnected digital landscape, application programming interfaces (APIs) play a pivotal role in facilitating seamless communication and data exchange between various applications and systems. However, with this increased connectivity comes heightened security risks, particularly concerning the protection of sensitive data in those APIs.

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Even with +1, China is still #1

Art of Procurement

China’s role in the global supply chain is changing right before our eyes, leaving foreign buyers to feel the discomfort. The post Even with +1, China is still #1 appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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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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Army changing the color of money used to modernize software

Federal News Network

When it comes to software development, the Army is going to stop worrying about the color of money. That’s because as part of its new approach to software modernization, the Army is rethinking what sustainment means. Margaret Boatner is the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for strategy and acquisition reform, said one of the main tenets of the policy signed by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth in March is to reform several legacy processes that is keeping the service from adopting modern so

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15 startups selected for the inaugural AWS Education Accelerator

AWS Public Sector

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced 15 startup companies selected to participate in the inaugural AWS Education Accelerator. Announced in October 2023, the AWS Education Accelerator supports education technology (EdTech) startups who are innovating to enhance the teaching and learning experience and improve educational outcomes. As education continues to evolve, data-driven decision making is a powerful strategy to transform teaching and learning practices and unlock new opportunities for

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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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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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A gentle introduction to applying AI in procurement

Open Contracting Partnership

Thanks to a small grant from Schmidt Futures , we had the opportunity to experiment with applying artificial intelligence technologies to green public procurement. With so many actors in our field talking about AI more generally, this blog post is meant as a gentle introduction to getting started on applying AI in practice. The goal is to increase the understanding of AI in public procurement – by discussing the key decisions we had to make about our approach.

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Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

GovLoop

National Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday in March, which this year falls on March 1. Here’s a few ideas to help you honor the occasion. Take a moment to think about each person and communicate thanks. An individualized note can mean a lot. Recognize an employee at a meeting. Consider a creative gesture like a photo collage for the team that points out employee contributions.

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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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Rob Joyce leaving NSA at the end of March

FedScoop

The spy agency’s cyber director will be replaced by David Luber, deputy director of the Cybersecurity Directorate and former executive director of U.S. Cyber Command.

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Data and AI: Top Trends Shaping Government in 2024

FedInsider

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 2:00PM EST | 1 Hour | 1 CPE The whirlwind of artificial intelligence tools in 2023 proved the government is eager to embrace the technology as soon as possible. An overwhelming 99% of agency leaders agree investing in safe and effective AI is essential to fulfilling their mission, according to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of ICF.

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Treasure Hunting with TJX

Art of Procurement

The last few years have not been kind to retailers. Inventory misalignment has dragged down revenue and working capital. Companies. The post Treasure Hunting with TJX appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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