Posts from GovConDaily for 12/20/2018

Ellen Lord Details DoD Plans to Attract More Industry Partners

Ellen Lord, the top acquisition officer at the Department of Defense, has said the agency plans to simplify some processes in buying technologies for the military in 2019, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday…
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Senate Advances Continuing Resolution to Avoid December’s Gov’t Shutdown

The Senate has approved a seven-week continuing resolution for 2019 in an effort to prevent a potential government shutdown by end of the week, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.  The resolution would provide a budget through Feb…
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FAA Adds $205M in Grants for Airport Infrastructure Efforts

The Federal Aviation Administration is investing $205M in grants to support infrastructure projects at small airports across 34 states, with a focus on rural areas. Initial funds would support runway reconstruction and facility maintenance efforts at 37 airports, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday…
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NASA Informs Employees of Potential Personal Data Breach

NASA discovered a potential compromise of servers storing personally identifiable information of current and former employees. The agency said it initially found that one of the servers containing Social Security numbers and other PII data of its workers was potentially affected by the cyber incident in October, according to an internal memo obtained by SpaceRef…
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Retired Navy Leader Joseph Maguire Named National Counterterrorism Center Director; Dan Coats Quoted

Joseph Maguire, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, was appointed to serve as the National Counterterrorism Center’s new director. He has led all levels of the Naval Special Warfare Command in his 36 years of service with the branch, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats’ office said Wednesday…
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DARPA Holds Final Qualifier for Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency conducted the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge’s second and final preliminary event on Dec. 12 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, DARPA said Wednesday…
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Coast Guard Sees Another Budget Delay for Polar Icebreaker Program

The U.S. Coast Guard expects another delay in its $750M polar icebreaker program after the Department of Homeland Security failed to secure full funding for the 2019 fiscal year from Congress, USNI News reported Wednesday…
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Recent DoD IG Audit Reveals Lack of Software Rationalization in Branches

The Department of Defense’s inspector general released the audit results to determine how the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force rationalize software and manage obsolete and duplicate applications…
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NIST Unveils Recommendations to Secure Federal Networks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the draft document detailing its latest guidelines on how federal agencies could secure better networks against large-scale Distributed Denial of Service attacks…
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Senate Passes Legislation to Create Supply Chain Security Council

The Senate has passed a bill to create a government-wide council that would establish regulations for federal supply chain risk management, FCW.com reported Wednesday. The Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Council will help the National Institute of Standards and Technology develop supply chain guidelines including protocols on information sharing between federal and non-federal parties…
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