Posts from GovConWire for 05/04/2015

Reuters: FAA Plans to Test Beyond-Line-of-Sight UAS

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to test beyond-visual-line-of-sight unmanned aircraft systems in collaboration with service providers and UAS builders in an effort to expand drone applications, Reuters reported Friday
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Former NSA, NCTC Chiefs Point to Security Threats in Cyber, Terror

Keith Alexander, former National Security Agency director, highlighted the growing threat of cyber attacks on power grids, financial systems and other critical infrastructure during a recent Aspen Security Forum event, Politico reported Thursday
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Jeanne Townend: ICF to Help European Commission Match Jobseekers, Employers

ICF International has been selected to coordinate the public employment services of the 28 European Union member-states under a $7 million contract with the European Commission. The company will provide support for the European Network for Public Employment Services’ peer reviews, conferences, study visits, working groups, PES counseling, and practitioner toolkits and analytical papers development efforts, ICF saidThursday
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Mary Davie: GSA Adds New Schedule 70 Cloud Special Item Number

The General Services Administration has assigned a single special item number for cloud service offerings on the agency’s Information Technology Schedule 70 federal procurement vehicle. GSA said Thursday the commercial cloud category under 132-40 SIN is comprised of software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service subcategories…
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May 4 Morning Report: GovCon Index Posts Gain at Friday’s Close

The GovCon Index rebounded from two straight days of losses to close at 74.060 on Friday, up 0.680 points (0.910%).   The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.03 percent to 18,024.06, the Standard & Poor’s 500 composite index increased 1…
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Joe Demarest to Serve as FBI Cyber Crime Branch Associate Executive Assistant Director

Joe Demarest, assistant director at FBI‘s cyber division since June 2012, has been named associate executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch. The 27-year bureau veteran will provide technical leadership across the branch and work with federal, state and local intelligence and law enforcement agencies in his new position, FBI Director James Comey said Friday…
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