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Trump inches closer to exercising powers over medical supply chain

A March 18 executive order positions President Trump to invoke enhanced contracting powers granted under the Defense Production Act.

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House Dems ask Trump to invoke emergency contracting authority

Special acquisition powers in a 1950 law could help the government obtain needed medical equipment in the coronavirus response.

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Coronavirus spread may affect CMMC implementation efforts

It's unclear whether emergency measures to stem coronavirus' spread will affect DOD's roll out of its unified cybersecurity standard, but mitigation efforts will likely rely on teleconferencing for training.

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White House looks to curtail U.S. travel for feds

Federal employees are recommended against domestic travel to conduct agency business, except for trips deemed mission-critical.

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CISA looks to industry for anti-troll tools

The agency is looking to bolster its technical capabilities to identify foreign propaganda online that targets specific audiences in the U.S.

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Senate panel looks for supply chain options

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing a conversation about how to mitigate supply chain risks associated with outsourcing and globalization.

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Spinning up telework presents procurement challenges

As concerns over the coronavirus outbreak drives more agencies towards expanding employee telework, federal acquisition contracts can help ease some of the pain.

Lawmakers push back on Trump's cyber budget, press on COVID-19 response

The agency will need Congress to implement many recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and coordinate federal and non-federal responses to emerging threats.

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Norquist warns programs will stall under a 2021 stopgap budget

David Norquist, the deputy defense secretary, said the Army's new augmented reality headset that enhances soldiers' situational awareness could see significant delays without on-time funding.

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CDC: Data modernization would have improved coronavirus detection, tracking

Officials said more money would improve the agency's detection and tracking capabilities for emerging diseases.

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Contractors and COVID-19

Contracting work could require some creative thinking for agencies and contractors in the event facilities are affected by the spread of coronavirus.

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Court says AWS 'likely to succeed' in JEDI protest

The recently unsealed Court of Federal Claims ruling granting an injunction on JEDI hinged on the technical evaluation of some of the features in Microsoft's bid.

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