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BGov: Federal Spending on 8(a) Competitive Awards Hit $8.56B in Fiscal 2017

Federal agencies obligated $8.56 billion for competitively awarded contracts during fiscal 2017 through a program that is set aside for socially disadvantaged businesses, Bloomberg Government reported Monday. The figure reflects a 24 percent increase in competitive awards under the 8(a) program since fiscal 2011, according to the report. Contracts awarded …

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DHS, Canada’s Defense R&D Center to Evaluate Use of Artificial Intelligence in Emergency Response

The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate has partnered with the Canadian defense research and development center for security science to evaluate the use of artificial intelligence and situational awareness tools in critical situations. Both parties agreed to conduct an AI field experiment to determine how the Assistant for …

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Army Seeks Commercial Warfighting Tech Under New Public-Private Teaming Challenge

The U.S. Army seeks proposals for advanced warfighting technologies from small and non-traditional defense entities as part of an effort that aims to encourage public-private teaming in developing new offerings for the service branch. The Army said in a notice that the Army Expeditionary Technology Search or xTechSearch competition aims to boost innovations …

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Nonprofit Group POGO Recommends Updates to Online Federal Spending Database

The Project on Government Oversight has called on the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget to update the functionality of a web-based resource for federal spending information. Both agencies should work to address data search filter, presentation and reporting concerns related to USAspending.gov, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization said in a …

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