Posts from GovConDaily for 12/28/2018

Ellen Lord Cites DoD Acquisition Reform Goals for 2019

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, has said one of her goals for calendar year 2019 is to revise the DoD Instruction 5000.02 policy, Defense News reported Thursday…
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Report: Trump Eyes Executive Order to Ban Corporate Purchases of Chinese-Made Telecoms Equipment

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would keep U.S. firms from buying and using products from Chinese telecommunications firms ZTE and Huawei, Reuters reported Thursday. Sources told Reuters the White House could release the executive order as soon as January…
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CBO: Nuclear Energy Technology Bill Would Cost $4B Over 5 Years

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the government would spend $4B between 2019 and 2023 to implement a bill supporting the Department of Energy’s nuclear energy programs. The bill, known as S…
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Air Force Creating Specialized Teams to Boost Servicewide Cybersecurity

The U.S. Air Force is establishing new specialized cyber teams to deter cyber-attacks targeting its installations across the U.S. and the service’s operations, Fifth Domain reported Thursday. A top service official said the effort aims to “re-mission” information technology workers to handle active defensive roles as part of the new mission defense teams…
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Report: Federal Funding Lapse Impacts Staffing Levels at Some Agencies

A lapse in federal appropriations that started on Saturday due to a partial government shutdown has affected some federal agencies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. About 32K employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been precluded from going to work, including 1…
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DHS Funding $800K Anti-Counterfeiting Blockchain Solutions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking innovative solutions from blockchain startups to enhance anti-forgery and counterfeiting through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department reported on December 4th…
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Report Details Workforce Management Issues for State, Local Gov’t in 2019

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence has found new researching detailing the potential challenges facing state and local governments in managing public sector employees in 2019. SLGE said Thursday that some efforts from top government officials in the coming year should focus on issues related to retirement benefit programs, personnel recruitment and retention, workforce development, financial security, and retirement systems and policies…
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Consumer Protection Bureau Failing to Monitor Risks in Financial Sector

The Government Accountability Office found that the agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector has failed to implement a systematic process for prioritizing financial risks. The lack of an agency-wide process at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may allow companies that offer financial products and services, such as credit cards and loans, to engage in practices that pose financial risks to consumers, GAO said in a Dec…
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USAF Retaining KC-135 Tanker for Decades Due to Budget Cuts

The U.S. Air Force intends to retain use of its Boeing-made KC-135 tanker aircraft, that have been in the military’s fleet for over 60 years, due to budget constraints, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday…
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