Posts from GovConDaily for 09/11/2018

Kay Ely: Air Force, GSA Establish New Purchasing Vehicle for IT Products

The U.S. Air Force and General Services Administration have partnered to establish a multiple-award blanket purchase agreement for government IT products. According to a blog article written by GSA official Kay Ely published Wednesday, the IT Products BPA will help the federal government and Air Force streamline their acquisition processes and avoid contract duplication…
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GAO Recommends DoD, Navy to Update Requirements for Making Weapons Sustainment Strategies

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department and U.S. Navy issue an updated or new set of guidelines for developing plans to sustain legacy weapon systems. GAO said in a report published Monday that the Navy inconsistently documented its sustainment strategies for C-2A, E2C, EA-18G and F/A-18A-D aircraft since 2012…
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Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer Introduces New Bill to Mitigate Data Breach Damage

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., has introduced a bill aiming to protect U.S. citizens from the damages of an information breach. The congressman worked with the Financial Services Committee to develop the Consumer Information Notification Requirement Act that would affirm financial institutions’ compliance with data security standards, Luetkemeyer said Friday in a release…
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Robert Work: Proposed Pentagon Reorganization Won’t Disrupt Establishment of Space Force

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work has said creating a new Space Command under the Pentagon will help address concerns about President Trump’s idea to establish a Space Force, Space News reported Monday
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State Dept Official Andrea Thompson: New Policies Will Increase US Weapons Sales in 2019

Andrea Thompson, undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department, has said new policies on defense exports will likely increase U.S. weapons sales in 2019, Defense News reported Tuesday…
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Equifax Acknowledges IT Shortcomings in GAO Audit Report on 2017 Data Breach

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax has told the Government Accountability Office that the company’s failure to identify and patch a critical software vulnerability, and correctly configure a crucial security system led, in part, to the massive 2017 data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Equifax customers…
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VA to Establish Veterans Care Research Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced plans to create a research facility to explore integrated approaches for the delivery of caregiving services to former military service members. VA said Friday the Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research will support peer-reviewed studies on training, evaluation and adoption of best practices in aid of veterans’ caregivers across the department, federal agencies, industry and nonprofit organizations…
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Elbit Systems’ Raanan Horowitz: US Industrial Base Policy Could Help Back National Security, Foreign Investment

Raanan Horowitz, CEO of Elbit Systems of America, has said he believes the U.S. needs to strike a balance between the need to ensure national security and advance foreign investment and that the country’s industrial base policy could help support such a balance…
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Report: DHS Names Mark Kneidinger as National Risk Mgmt Center Deputy Chief in Series of Exec Moves

Mark Kneidinger, director of federal network resilience division at the Department of Homeland Security’s office of cybersecurity and communications, has been named deputy director of the National Risk Management Center, Federal News Radio reported Monday
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Alan Thomas: GSA Eyes Major Changes to Schedules Program in 2019

Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Monday that comments from industry and agency clients help incite reforms to GSA’s schedules program and one of those changes is the elimination of the minimum purchase thresholds…
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