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Jamie Holcombe: USPTO Uses Machine Learning to Accelerate Patent Classification Process

Jamie Holcombe

Jamie Holcombe, chief information officer of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), said machine learning helps USPTO speed up the process of assigning patent applications to examiners. USPTO is tapping vendors to help perform patent classifications and compare them against the agency’s algorithms. Holcombe said allowing patent examiners to work with vendors allows the agency to further improve the algorithms.

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Microsoft’s Brad Smith: Reforms Needed to Speed Up Bid Protest Process

Brad Smith

Microsoft President Brad Smith said the federal government should introduce reforms to expedite the protest process for contract awards. Microsoft has not started work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded in October 2019 due to an ongoing protest filed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in November of that year.

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Maj. Gen. Neil Hersey, Brig. Gen. Paul Stanton to Switch Army Cyber Leadership Roles

Maj. Neil Hersey

The U.S. Army announced that Maj. Gen. Neil Hersey and Brig. Gen. Paul Stanton will switch roles at Army Cyber Command and the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon in Georgia. Hersey, commanding general of the Cyber Center of Excellence, will assume the role of deputy commanding general for operations at Army Cyber Command.

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Brian Goodger: NITAAC Eyes March Release of $40B CIO-SP4 IT Support Contract Solicitation

Brian Goodger

Brian Goodger, acting director of the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), said NITAAC plans to issue a request for proposals for the potential $40 billion Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners IV contract. He said NITAAC will adopt a three-phased approach to the evaluation of bids for the governmentwide acquisition contract to immediately address any potential complaints. 

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Advisory Panel Looks at Dashboard Projects to Inform Work on Federal Data Service; USDA’s Ted Kaouk Quoted

Ted Kaouk

The Federal Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building is working to introduce the Federal Data Service to enhance how agencies link, access and safeguard data and is now looking at dashboard projects of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enable the proposed service to help agencies accelerate data maturity. 

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Farooq Mitha Sworn In as Small Business Programs Director at DOD Industrial Policy Office

Farooq Mitha

Farooq Mitha, president and CEO of Imbue Group, has taken oath as director of small business programs at the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, the Department of Defense (DOD) said Monday. Prior to DOD, Mitha served as a partner at law firm Geller Mitha.

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GAO: DHS Needs Policy to Document Basis for Extremism Prevention Grant Awards

DHS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develop a policy to record the rationale for award decisions with regard to Countering Violent Extremism grant programs. DHS should also initiate steps to ensure that CVE grantees gather and submit project performance data to assess whether individual grant recipients and the overall program achieve the intended outcomes.

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MDA Anticipates Next Generation Interceptor Contract Award This Month

Precision Strike Missile

The Pentagon is keeping the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) program on track by allowing the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to push ahead with its plans to award potential five-year design and development contracts to two defense contractors this month. Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are leading three industry teams that are competing for the two contracts.

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Biden Vows Commitment to NATO Alliance, Collaboration to Address Security Threats

White House

President Biden said the U.S. remains committed to the transatlantic alliance and will work closely with partners in the European Union to address the shared security threats and other challenges. "The transatlantic alliance is back. And we are not looking backward; we are looking forward, together,” Biden said Friday in a speech during the virtual Munich Security Conference.

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DOD’s Frederick Moorefield on Spectrum IT Modernization, Joint All-Domain C2, Spectrum Sharing

Frederick Moorefield

Frederick Moorefield, a deputy chief information officer at the Department of Defense (DOD), told FCW in an interview published Thursday that spectrum information technology modernization would be one of the first priorities of the newly created Command, Control, Communications Leadership Board at DOD.

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