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PSC Urges House Committee Not to Consider Bid Protest Process Reform Proposals

The Professional Services Council has voiced concerns about two potential amendments to a fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would reform the current bid protest process for government contracts. PSC said Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee should forego consideration of measures that the council believes would not help lessen the …

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DoD’s Joseph Dunford Discusses Transregional Cooperation With UK, Egyptian Defense Officials

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with top Egyptian defense officials in Cairo Saturday to discuss how the U.S. and Egypt can increase their collaboration to address regional threats, DoD News reported Tuesday. Jim Garamone writes Dunford discussed U.S.-Egypt military cooperation with Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, the Egyptian …

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NASA Research Center Eyes Collaborative Cybersecurity With Proposed ‘Gryphon X’ Project

A cybersecurity proposal from NASA‘s Ames Research Center in California seeks to address vulnerabilities on the agency’s current and emerging infrastructure through collaboration with industry, Fedscoop reported Monday. Greg Otto writes Jerry Davis, NASA Ames chief information officer, is working to get the Gryphon X initiative in front of agency leaders. “NASA’s not …

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House Subcommittee Endorses Creation of Military Cyber Opposition Force Training Program

The House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee voted Thursday to endorse the inclusion of cyber opposition forces to U.S. military training programs, Nextgov reported Monday. Aliya Sternstein writes language in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act calls on the Defense Department to establish a program for certifying and training cyber opposition forces. The report …

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GSA Selects 4 Winning Teams on Earth Day Hackathon

The General Services Administration hosted an event Friday to encourage multiple teams of government employees, students and industry professionals to develop eco-friendly technology ideas. The Earth Day Hackathon took place at GSA’s headquarters in Washington and drew 49 participants from the public and private sectors, the agency said Friday. GSA awarded $3,750 in cash prizes to the competition’s …

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Report: New U.S. Cyber Campaign to Target Islamic State Militants

The Defense Department has formed “national mission teams” to conduct offensive cyber-based operations against the Islamic State militant organization as part of a wider effort to disrupt the group’s communication activities, The New York Times reported Sunday. David Sanger writes DoD’s latest cyber campaign aims to weaken the ability of Islamic State militants to spread …

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Sutherland’s Teresa Weipert: Cultural Adaptation Key for Customer-Focused Agencies

Teresa Weipert, senior vice president of the government solutions business at Sutherland Global Services, has said she believes cultural adaptation is essential for agencies that aim to transform their delivery of public services. She wrote in a guest piece published Friday on Nextgov that agencies should adopt a citizen engagement strategy that will cover technology, …

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NIH Review Aims to Address Quality Control Concerns Over Clinical Drug Production

The National Institutes of Health has partnered with two companies to evaluate agency facilities that produce sterile or infused medicines for clinical research use. NIH said Tuesday preliminary findings of the assessment identified quality and safety compliance problems at a cell-therapy production laboratory and a radiopharmaceutical compound production facility. The agency suspended operations …

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