Posts from GovConDaily for 12/06/2018

DoD Proposes Rule to Limit Use of LPTA Approach in Competitive Procurements

The Department of Defense has proposed a rule that aims to set restrictions on the use of the lowest price technically acceptable approach in the source-selection process. A Federal Register notice published Tuesday says DoD introduced the rule as an amendment to Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to comply with the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal years 2017 and 2018…
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Commerce CIO Rod Turk: Govt Now Close to ‘Tipping Point’ in IT Modernization

Rod Turk, acting chief information officer at the Department of Commerce, has said the policies, budget authorities and funding vehicles provided by the White House and Congress in recent years have already been helping federal agencies modernize their networks, MeriTalk reported Wednesday…
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Feds: Govt to Introduce More Hybrid Cloud in 2019 to Accelerate IT Modernization

Top federal officials have said the government will continue to integrate legacy systems with the cloud in 2019 as part of continued modernization efforts, and that in the same year agencies may start introducing more hybrid cloud infrastructures, FedScoop reported Wednesday…
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NIST Releases Standard to Guide Emergency Response Drone Practice

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a new regulation to standardize the control of pilots on emergency response drones. The Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Used for Public Safety Operations features 10 aerial test procedures that measure drone system functionality and pilot competency in performing basic maneuvers, NIST said Tuesday…
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Rapid Contracting Helping Air Force Cut Tech Acquisition to Weeks, Months

The U.S. Air Force already saw progress in accelerating acquisition processes, mainly in software development that now takes just weeks or months compared to previous methods that require years before fielding new tools, Federal News Network reported Wednesday…
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NASA, NSF Highlight Initiatives Supporting White House STEM Strategy

NASA and the National Science Foundation are supporting the Trump administration’s plan to boost the country’s science, technology, engineering and math education. The effort, named Charting a Course for Success: A Federal Strategy for STEM Education, encourages stakeholders, academia and industry to fortify the nation’s STEM education and workforce, NASA said Wednesday…
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HHS Develops Acquisition Tool Based on Blockchain, AI Tech

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed an acquisition tool called HHS Accelerate that uses blockchain technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence, FCW.com reported Wednesday…
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US Military Looks to Expand Presence in Arctic With New Ships, Facilities

The U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy are updating individual Arctic strategies to expand their military presence in the region amid the growing threats of Russia and China, USNI News reported Wednesday…
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FedRAMP Selects Zscaler to Pursue Joint Authorization Board

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program selected Zscaler to pursue Joint Authorization Board (JAB) FedRAMP certification at the High Impact Level through FedRAMP’s Connect program, Zscaler announced on Thursday…
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Congressmen Introduce Bill to Spread Cybersecurity Education

Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., introduced a new bill addressing the funding needs for the development of cybersecurity education programs. The Cybersecurity Education Integration Act would create a $10M grant program for organizations to implement cybersecurity throughout curricula, Langevin said Tuesday…
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Marines Nearing Finalization of New Cloud Strategy; William Williford Quoted

The U.S. Marine Corps is making final touches on a new cloud strategy expected to receive approval before the end of 2018, C4ISR reported Wednesday. William Williford, executive director of USMC’s Systems Command, told C4ISRNET at a recent defense summit that the strategy builds on the U…
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