Posts from GovConDaily for 09/13/2018

GAO Notes Decline in Procurement Competition Rate at the DoD

The Government Accountability Office recently said that the rate at which the Defense Department conducts competitions when procuring products or services has declined in the past five years despite government-wide efforts to encourage the practice…
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OMB Hosts Symposium on Federal Workforce Reorganization Plan

The Office of Management and Budget has administered a symposium encouraging public and private sector entities to develop ways to retrain government employees as part of the President’s Management Agenda, FCW reported Wednesday
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Energy Department Launches Funding Opportunity for Direct Current Circuit Breakers

The Energy Department has launched a funding opportunity worth up to $15M for development work on medium voltage, direct current circuit breakers that will help further protect the U.S. electric grid. The projects under the Building Reliable Electronics to Achieve Kilovolt Effective Ratings Safely program will involve creating devices that are capable of preventing electrical faults and boosting response times while maximizing renewable resources and electrification of ships and aircraft, the DOE said Wednesday
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Neil Evans: VA Aims to Ensure Veteran Health Data Security Through ATO Process

The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a process for authorizing and assessing information technology systems as part of cybersecurity efforts in VA’s telehealth program, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday
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GSA Secures 15-Year Lease for DEA’s Virginia HQ

The General Services Administration has entered into a 15-year lease agreement with CSHV Lincoln Place for the Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters facility in Arlington, Va. DEA’s main office on Army Navy Drive can accommodate nearly 2…
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NASA Wraps Up Last Evaluation for Orion Parachute System

NASA has completed the eighth and final test for the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Orion parachute engineers deployed and assessed the system during normal and failed landing scenarios and various aerodynamic conditions to check if the technology can protect astronauts when they return to Earth from deep space missions, NASA said Thursday…
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Govt IT Vet Sam Musa Appointed as GPO Chief Information Officer

Sam Musa, former chief of information technology services for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has joined the Government Publishing Office as its new chief information officer. Musa’s new responsibilities include managing IT policies on the acquisition, implementation and operation of telecommunications and IT systems and ensuring the agency’s budget aligns with program plans and established financial guidelines, GPO said Monday
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Report: DoD to Wait for Latest Software Before Kicking Off F-35 Initial Operational Test

The Defense Department has ordered to delay by two months the initial operational test and evaluation of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft as DoD waits for the deployment of the new software version, Defense News reported Wednesday
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Senators Ask State Dept for Update on Multifactor Authentication Implementation

A group of five senators has asked the State Department to state the actions it has implemented to address the underutilization of multifactor authentication for accounts with “elevated privileges.” The lawmakers said Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that they want to know the measures adopted by the department to address the “high-risk” status the Office of Management and Budget gave to its cyber readiness efforts…
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Trump Issues Executive Order to Deter Foreign Election Interference

President Donald Trump has released an executive order that aims to protect U.S. elections from potential foreign interference. A White House fact sheet published Wednesday says the executive order would authorize sanctions and other measures against foreign individuals found to have engaged in election interference…
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