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House Lawmakers Call for Greater Scrutiny of Requests for Forces Within DOD

Pentagon

House lawmakers have asked the Department of Defense (DOD) to reevaluate how it deploys military forces worldwide amid the increase in the approval of additional requests for forces by combatant commands. Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., Michael Turner, R-Ohio, and Jackie Speier (D-Calif., were among the signatories of the letter addressed to Gen. Austin and Hicks.

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IRS Eyes FY 2021 Solicitations for Three Digitalization Tech Verticals

Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to issue solicitations in fiscal year 2021 for three technology platforms to advance digitalization as part of the Pilot IRS program. The informational posting offered a discussion of potential use cases for each of the three tech verticals to demonstrate the challenges facing the IRS.

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IG Report Calls for DOD to Align Implementation Plan for Pandemic With Telework Policy

Telework Policy

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security update the DOD Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza to include revised planning assumptions regarding the use of telework for essential and non-essential employees and align the plan with the Pentagon’s telework policy.

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NCSC Issues Report on Insider Threat Mitigation for Critical Infrastructure

NCSC Insider Threat

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has released a report to raise awareness of the threat posed by humans to critical infrastructure and provide best practices on how to mitigate insider threats. NCSC discussed how critical infrastructure entities can adopt insider threat programs to identify and address vulnerabilities and prevent adversaries from exploiting such vulnerabilities. 

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Ronald Moultrie, Mike McCord Announced as Nominees for DOD Intell, Comptroller Roles

Pentagon

President Biden intends to nominate former government officials Ronald Moultrie and Mike McCord to the roles of undersecretary for intelligence and security at the Department of Defense (DOD) and DOD undersecretary (comptroller), respectively. Moultrie is president and CEO of Oceanus Security Strategies. McCord currently serves as director of civil-military programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service.

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NASA Inspector General Office Presents Estimated COVID-19 Cost Impacts on Major Programs

NASA

The office of the inspector general at NASA has issued a report saying it estimates the costs of facility closures, delays and other challenges facing the space agency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to reach nearly $3 billion. OIG said Wednesday 30 major programs and projects accounted for about $1.6 billion of the estimated total cost impact.

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Biden Administration Seeks to Invest in Infrastructure Upgrades, Revitalize Manufacturing Under $2T American Jobs Plan

White House

The Biden administration has unveiled a plan to invest $2 trillion in infrastructure projects and job creation initiatives as part of efforts to rebuild the U.S. economy and compete with China. The administration also proposed the Made in America Tax Plan that seeks to implement corporate tax changes to raise money and help pay for investments stipulated in the American Jobs Plan. 

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GSA Sets Completion Target for Multiple Award Schedule Consolidation; Stephanie Shutt Quoted

Stephanie Shutt

The General Services Administration (GSA) expects to conclude the third phase of its Multiple Award Schedule consolidation effort by the end of 2021. GSA announced the completion of the second phase of MAS consolidation in August 2020 and now wants vendors holding multiple contracts to submit plans by the end of the year. 

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Bipartisan Bill to Establish Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy; Sen. Rob Portman Quoted

Sen. Rob Portman

A group of six lawmakers has proposed a bipartisan bill that would establish a new office to help strengthen the U.S. manufacturing industry and its workforce and improve the country’s economic competitiveness. The proposed Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Act seeks to create a new office led by a chief manufacturing officer. 

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Report: Biden’s $2T Infrastructure Plan to Include Funding for Electric Vehicles, Broadband

White House

White House officials on Tuesday briefed lawmakers on a potential $2 trillion infrastructure plan that would fund electric vehicles, public transit, highways, electrical grid and water systems upgrades, broadband internet expansion and semiconductor research efforts. WSJ cited sources that say the potential infrastructure package would be covered by tax increases. 

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