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  • Drones
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    Pentagon advances domestic drone plan

    The Defense Department names five U.S. vendors for domestic sourcing of small drone aircraft. 08/20/2020

  • Defense
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    Engineering hurdles to clear ahead of tech 're-shoring'

    The Trump administration has national security concerns when it comes to foreign dominance in microelectronics, but research and engineering advances are needed as a precursor to new policy, a top official said. 08/18/2020

  • Acquisition
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    U.S. imposes new restrictions on Huawei, semiconductor industry

    The Department of Commerce is tightening rules targeting the Chinese telecom's supply chain around computer processing chips and restricting sales of chips made with U.S. technology. 08/17/2020

  • Comment
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    Extend Section 3610 of the CARES Act

    Without an extension to the legislation that compensates federal contractors unable to work because of pandemic-related facility closures, more people would lose their jobs, more companies could fold and the government could lose access to highly experienced and skilled members of their workforce who are critical to supporting national security, defense and other federal mission areas. 08/14/2020

  • IT Modernization
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    DHS gets mixed reviews on IT modernization

    The agency is seeing uneven results on two of its most important efforts, cloud migration and data center consolidation, according to a new agency watchdog report. 08/14/2020

  • Acquisition
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    CBP expects cloud management contract next year

    Border agency looks to early next year for cloud integration services contract. 08/13/2020

  • Defense
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    DOD eyes large COVID payments for contractors

    Ellen Lord, the Defense Department's chief buyer, said the organization is considering lump-sum payments for COVID-19 claims rather than negotiating contract-by-contract. 08/13/2020

  • Defense
    AI government

    JAIC to expand ethics team

    Jane Pinelis, the JAIC's chief of testing, evaluation, and assessment, said the center is working to expand its ethics team, which is charged with ensuring the Defense Department's AI projects meet ethical standards. 08/12/2020

  • Acquisition
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    Huawei ban looms for contractors

    Federal contractors are still facing uncertainty about new rules to get rid of Chinese-made gear. 08/12/2020

  • Defense
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    Extra time for JEDI redo

    The Defense Department requested an extension to a stay in a lawsuit before announcing any revisions to the award in the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud deal. 08/11/2020

  • Congress
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    Lawmakers push for border tech assessment

    Legislation would have the Department of Homeland Security assess its border security technologies and consider new ones. 08/10/2020

  • Acquisition
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    Army extends software contracts under ITES

    The Army's enterprise software office extends a multiple award contract. 08/07/2020

  • Defense
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    Speeding up the military's 'kill chain'

    The military's need for quick technological development is hamstrung by politics, acquisition, and culture. FCW talks with former Senate staff director Christian Brose about his new book on the future of warfare. 08/07/2020

  • Workforce
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    TVA rescinds plans to fire tech workers

    The federally owned power company called the plan to fire workers and outsource IT operations as a "disappointing misstep" after the president blasted the move. 08/06/2020

  • Acquisition
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    Lawmakers push back on STARS shutoff date

    Changes the GSA made to one of its most popular governmentwide small business set-aside acquisition vehicles draws congressional scrutiny. 08/06/2020

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    How a telework bill can boost security, modernization

    The bipartisan Pandemic Federal Telework Act would make technology and security an integral part of telework planning and data reporting. 10/16/2020

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    A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government

    COVID-19 has shown the importance of the extensibility and scalability of the cloud and has been a forcing factor, expediting modernization initiatives – including security modernization. 10/05/2020

  • Comment
    Information sharing

    How to shift CMMC for the future

    While the goal of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is to establish a unified standard for cybersecurity practices across the DOD, it does not directly address specific control expectations or risks associated with organization-specific threat actors. 09/28/2020