Posts from GovConDaily for 01/11/2018

GAO: Agencies Should Ensure CIO Involvement in IT Procurement Review, Approval Processes

The Government Accountability Office has called on federal agencies to allow chief information officers to assess and approve information technology contracts in an effort to increase CIOs’ oversight of agencies’ planned IT acquisitions…
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Reps. Rob Wittman, Mike Gallagher: Navy Should Reorganize Fleet, Advance Strategic Comms

Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) have said the U.S. Navy should launch organizational changes and strategic communication efforts in an effort to address readiness issues, USNI News reported Wednesday…
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Alaska-Launched NASA Rockets to Investigate Space X-ray Emissions, Polar Mesospheric Clouds

NASA is slated to launch four rockets from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska between Jan. 15 to 30 to study space x-ray emissions and the formation of Polar Mesospheric Clouds. The space agency said Wednesday a mission called the Diffuse X-rays from the Local galaxy will be deployed aboard a Black Brant IX rocket to investigate sources of X-rays that reach Earth from other areas in the galaxy…
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Allegheny to Supply General Dynamics Titanium Plate Components for Military Vehicles

Allegheny‘s technologies unit has inked two long-term pricing agreements with General Dynamics worth a combined $75 million to serve as a preferred supplier of titanium plate components to be used on U…
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DARPA Seeks Radio, Network Architectures and Technologies to Address Data Channel Degradation Issues

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks proposals for radio and network architectures and technologies that can sustain the reliability of networks through data channel degradation periods…
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Coast Guard to Use Canada’s Ice Tank for Icebreaker Tests

The U.S. Coast Guard will use an ice tank facility of Canada’s National Research Council to test models of the agency’s future polar icebreakers. The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday its science and technology directorate is helping the Coast Guard develop a plan for the test and evaluation of the new ships…
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Kathryn Marchesini Appointed ONC Chief Privacy Officer

The Department of Health and Human Services has appointed Kathryn Marchesini, former senior health information technology and privacy adviser at HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, as chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Healthcare IT News reported Wednesday…
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Navy to Test Laser Weapon System Aboard San Antonio-Class Amphibious Warship

The U.S. Navy will evaluate a new laser weapon onboard a to-be-commissioned San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship in the fall, Defense News reported Wednesday. The prototype Laser Weapon System will be used on the Portland amphibious vessel to evaluate the equipment’s system performance…
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Bill Would Penalize Credit Reporting Agencies for Consumer Data Breaches

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced a bill that would penalize credit reporting agencies in the event of a security breach that affects consumer data…
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Rep. Darrell Issa Announces Retirement

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 after nearly two decades in Congress, Nextgov reported Wednesday. His 18-career in the lower chamber includes time as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and as a proponent of federal information technology reform efforts such as the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act…
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Humanetics Names Former Navy Surgeon General Matthew Nathan to Medical Advisory Board

Matthew Nathan, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, has joined Humanetics‘ medical advisory board and he will provide guidance to the company’s efforts to develop medical countermeasures to protect warfighters…
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Root9B Books Multiple Govt Cybersecurity Support Contracts

Root9B received contracts worth more than $5.5 million combined during the last quarter of 2017 to provide cybersecurity services to multiple government and commercial customers. The company said Wednesday it received a contract extension to help the Defense Department manage active adversary pursuit missions and training events with the Orion HUNT platform…
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VIDEO: Hallmark Program Overview

The growing complexity of space operations coupled with an increased need for timely decisions demands innovative approaches to battle management command and control (BMC2) technologies. To help ensure future U…
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