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FCW Insider: Feb. 26

DOL looks to roll back Trump's exemption for religious orgs in contracting

The agency plans going to reverse the rule through notice and comment rulemaking, a process that could take months.

Flat defense budget, cost-savings push seems likely for 2022

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chairman for the Senate Armed Services Committee, said military services should look for cost-savings and where reinvestments can be made.

Improving the citizen experience one phone call at a time

Knowledge-based authentication for call centers is cumbersome and can increase risk of spoofing, but there are tech-based alternatives.

Quick Hits

*** Washington Technology reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs is able to make on-ramp awards in its $22.3 billion T4NG (Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation) contract vehicle now that multiple protests have been dismissed by the Government Accountability Office.

*** Even as the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget appears to be on pause, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee plans to hear from the nominees to serve as top deputies. The committee will host Shalanda D. Young, nominee to serve as deputy director for budget and Jason S. Miller, slated to serve as deputy director for management at a March 4 confirmation hearing.

Posted by FCW Staff on Feb 26, 2021 at 2:04 AM


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    Soldiers from the Old Guard test the second iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) capability set during an exercise at Fort Belvoir, VA in Fall 2019. Photo by Courtney Bacon

    IVAS and the future of defense acquisition

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  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

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