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VA Incorporating Customer Experience Principles Into CFR’s Core Values Section

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to add a set of customer experience principles to the core values and characteristics section of its Code of Federal Regulations, Nextgov reported Friday. “Maintaining a sustained organizational commitment to, and institutionalized focus on, the voice of the customer is a critical component of modernizing VA to meet the needs and expectations of veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors,” according to the final rule scheduled for publication on Federal Register Monday.

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GSA to Help OPM Modernize IT Through Centers of Excellence Program; Emily Murphy Quoted

The General Services Administration has partnered with the Office of Personnel Management to help OPM update its information technology systems and address structural issues through the Centers of Excellence program. GSA said Monday it will provide technical and consulting assistance in support of OPM’s IT and future modernization initiatives through a discovery sprint.

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Lori Ruderman: HHS Uses AI, Robotic Process Automation for ‘Buy Smarter’ Initiative

The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to transition to the production phase its “Reimagined - Buy Smarter” program, which uses artificial intelligence to accelerate data analysis to identify cost-saving concepts and help with price comparisons, Federal News Network reported Friday. “Buy Smarter is an innovative opportunity for HHS to look at our category management, break down some stove pipes, and consolidate our requirements across the department,” Lori Ruderman, senior adviser and co-lead for Buy Smarter, said on the network’s Federal Monthly Insights - Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

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GSA Unveils New Repository for Cloud Resources

The General Services Administration introduced an interactive hub designed to serve as a cloud resource for federal agencies and connect government buyers to cloud service providers. The Cloud Information Center on the Acquisition Gateway allows government users to download templates, review acquisition guidance, access GSA’s best practices and market research as a service tool and work with other decision-makers, GSA said Thursday.

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White House Introduces Legislative Proposal to Reorganize OPM Into GSA

The White House sent a bill to Congress to authorize the transition of the Office of Personnel Management to the General Services Administration, Government Executive reported Thursday. Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) saying the proposal seeks to move OPM’s functions and resources to GSA, including information technology, human resources, health and insurance services.

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Matthew Donovan Named Acting Air Force Secretary

Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force, will serve as the service’s interim secretary, effective June 1, the Department of Defense said in a news release published Wednesday. He will assume the responsibilities of Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 winner Heather Wilson, who will step down from her post to join the University of Texas at El Paso as president.

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Trump Inks Executive Order on ICT Supply Chain Security

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday declaring a national emergency to address threats posed by foreign adversaries to the country's information and communications technology and services. The EO prohibits transactions involving ICT and related services that pose national security risks and threats to the security and resiliency of the U.S. critical infrastructure and digital economy, the White House said Wednesday

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Margaret Weichert: White House to Propose Legislation to Transition OPM to GSA

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the White House is introducing a measure to authorize the move of OPM to the General Services Administration on Friday, FCW reported Tuesday. OPM will run as a third service division within GSA under the proposed reorganization, which comes as OPM faces a budget deficit of $70 million as a result of the National Background Investigations Bureau’s transfer to the Pentagon as well as issues concerning legacy information technology systems.

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House Panel Proposes $690B in Defense Discretionary Spending for FY 2020

The House Appropriations Committee introduced a draft spending bill that would authorize $690.2 billion in fiscal 2020 discretionary funds for the Department of Defense, reflecting an increase of $15.8 billion from the enacted discretionary budget for the current fiscal year. The committee said Tuesday the bill includes a base budget of $622.1 billion and $68.1 billion in overseas contingency operations funds – an increase of $15.6 billion and $165 million from current levels, respectively.

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NOAA Plans for Future Satellite Observing Architecture

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipates obtaining data from various government satellites and commercial sensors as it plans for its future satellite observing architecture, SpaceNews reported Monday. Karen St. Germain, director of NOAA’s office of systems architecture and advanced planning for satellite and information service, said the Joint Polar Satellite System in low-Earth orbit could feed data to the agency in the mid-2030s. 

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