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Allen Hill Named Director of GSA’s Telecom Services Office

Allen Hill, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was appointed director of the Office of Telecommunications Services within the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, FCW.com reported Thursday. Hill serves as the deputy director of information technology services at the office of the Department of Education’s chief information officer and will assume his new role on Dec. 23. He worked for CACI International and Verizon prior to his current position.

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Navy to Hold Christening for Marinette Marine-Built St. Louis LCS

The U.S. Navy will christen the future USS St. Louis built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Saturday at the company’s Marinette, Wis. facility, the Department of Defense said Thursday. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship can operate in open-ocean and near-shore environments and is designed to thwart threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

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Larry Leopard Named Engineering Head of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Larry Leopard, a 28-year veteran at NASA, was appointed director of the Engineering Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., NASA said Friday. The move follows Preston Jones’ appointment as the center’s associate director and designates Lisa Watson-Morgan as the directorate’s new deputy director.

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Report: HHS Obtains Authority to Operate AI, Blockchain-Based Acquisition Tool

The Department of Health and Human Services received a full “authority to operate” certification for its ReImagine HHS Accelerate initiative that seeks to improve the department’s acquisition procedures, Fedscoop.com reported Tuesday. The HHS tested the platform with static acquisition data sets to assess its capability to use automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to develop microservices that cut acquisition times, create better-designed contracts and reduce costs.

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Michael Moran: Navy Program Managers Must Lead Efforts to Streamline Acquisition

Vice Adm. Michael Moran, principal military deputy to the U.S. Navy acquisition executive, said Thursday at an engineering conference that “things can be done” when it comes to streamlining acquisition, USNI News reported Monday. Moran said the use of new and innovative processes like additive manufacturing helped the Navy field an updated next-generation jammer for the EA-18G Growler in four months instead of the initial nine-year schedule.

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General Dynamics Shipyard Hosts Launching of Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson Destroyer

The U.S. Navy launched the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson on Sunday at the General DynamicsBath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, the Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday. The multi-day launching saw the Zumwalt-class destroyer transferred from a land-level platform to a dry dock where fine-tuning operations will take place once the dock is flooded and the ship is afloat on the Kennebeck River.

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