Jane Edwards

Report: US Eyes Sanction Campaign Against Iran’s Precision-Strike Capabilities

Unmanned Aircraft

The U.S. government is planning to impose sanctions against Iran’s precision-strike capabilities using guided missiles and drones citing concerns over the threats pose by such weapon systems to the U.S. and its allies. “It’s part of a comprehensive approach so we’re dealing with all aspects of the Iranian threat,” said a senior U.S. official.

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GAO Offers Recommendation to OMB Over Contractor Paid Leave Reimbursements

Paid Leave Reimbursement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gather and share lessons learned from agencies’ implementation of section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse contractors for paid leave in order to inform future federal emergency responses.

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GSA Announces April 2022 Transition to New Entity Verification System

Unique Entity ID

The General Services Administration has set April 4, 2022 as the deadline for transitioning to the new Unique Entity ID to help verify individuals, companies or organizations that want to do business with the federal government. Vendors and other entities that previously registered in the System for Award Management website have been assigned a UEI that can be viewed in SAM.gov’s entity registration record.

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4 Agencies Show Improvement in Letter Grades on 12th FITARA Scorecard

FITARA Scorecard

The 12th iteration of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard shows that four agencies saw improvement in their letter grades and those are the General Services Administration (GSA), the departments of the Interior and State and the Social Services Administration (SSA). GSA is the only agency that received an A+ rating in the scorecard.

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JAIC Announces Responsible AI Procurement Pilot; Alka Patel Quoted

Alka Patel

The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) has announced plans to pilot a procurement process aimed at aligning the acquisition of AI systems with DOD’s AI ethics principles. JAIC said it expects the Responsible AI Procurement pilot to help inform the development of clear guidance to ensure that AI systems are designed, built, used and deployed in a responsible manner.

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GAO: Federal Government Needs Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy

Federal Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the federal government develop and implement a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, mitigate supply chain risks and address weaknesses in its information security programs to strengthen cyber and information technology management efforts. GAO issued an update in March and highlighted the need for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies to fully implement key measures to improve IT management.

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VA Begins Efforts to Create Pool of Candidates for Undersecretary for Health Position

Undersecretary Candidates

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun its search for candidates as part of efforts to fill the role of undersecretary of health to oversee the Veterans Health Administration. VA is establishing a pool of candidates for consideration by the U.S. president. The department is looking for candidates with experience overseeing the operations of a large health care enterprise. 

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GAO: TSA Launches Efforts to Address Weaknesses Related to Pipeline Cybersecurity

Pipeline Security

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) made 15 recommendations for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to deal with weaknesses concerning its oversight of U.S. pipeline systems and found that TSA has addressed most of them, such as enhancing monitoring of security review performance, clarifying parts of its Pipeline Security Guidelines and evaluating staffing needs.

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House Subcommittee Schedules FY 2022 NDAA Markup

Capitol Hill

The House Armed Services’ cyber, innovative technologies and information systems subcommittee is set to meet Wednesday for the markup of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022. The subpanel's proposed NDAA would direct the secretary of the Department of Defense to launch a five-year pilot program to help advance the transition of DOD's science and technology initiatives into full-scale implementation.

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