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Mars InSight Lander Reaches Surface; Peraton’s Sonny Giroux Speaks

After piggybacking on the Atlas V rocket for 300,000 miles across space, NASA’s Insight lander has successfully descended onto Mars' surface, Peraton said Monday. Insight settled onto the plains of Mars’ Elysium Planitia at 12 p.m. PST on Nov 26th.

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Following months of rigorous preparation, the 75-person team at Peraton worked closely with NASA’s Deep Space Network to send the probe into Mars’ atmosphere. It took seven minutes for InSight to penetrate through the atmosphere at 12,000 miles per hour. Despite the risk of failure, InSight landed on the surface without any help from mission control.

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ASRC Federal’s Mark Gray Leads ‘Incredibly Successful’ Heart Walk, Over $2M Raised for Third Straight Year

The 2018 DC Heart Walk, held Nov. 3rd at the National Mall, has raised over $2M for the third consecutive year.

"Thank you for your commitment to our incredibly successful 2018 DC Heart Walk campaign. Your hard work and relentless effort have helped us raise $2,324,000 to date with time still remaining this year to eclipse last year’s record amount," chair Mark Gray, president and CEO of ASRC Federal, said Tuesday.

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Peraton Appoints Alan Stewart as Its Chief Financial Officer

Peraton has named Alan Stewart as executive vice president and chief financial officer, the Herndon, Va., company announced Monday. In the role, Stewart will oversee all financial planning, accounting, government reporting and audi functions, as well as relationships with lenders.
 

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DHS Forms Task Force to Address ICT Supply Chain Risks

The Department of Homeland Security has established a task force in charge of addressing issues in the global information and communications technology supply chain.

The department said Tuesday the ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force consists of information technology and communications representatives from the public and private sector who will develop practices for resolving supply chain concerns in the long run.

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AFS Names Ian McCulloh as Chief Data Scientist

Ian McCulloh has been chosen as Accenture Federal Services’ chief data scientist, working in its Analytics and Applied Intelligence practice, the Arlington, Va., company announced Wednesday.

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VA Acting CIO Blackburn Steps Down

Scott Blackburn, acting chief information officer for the Department of Veteran Affairs, announced his resignation on Tuesday via Twitter. “This is a bittersweet moment in my career. Today I officially resigned my position at @DeptVetAffairs. It has been the honor of my life. Too many people to thank. Will continue …

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Ronny Jackson to Replace David Shulkin as V.A. Secretary

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin will be replaced by White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump announced Wednesday. Robert Wilkie, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, will be acting secretary until Jackson’s confirmation. “I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our …

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