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Isabel Guzman Confirmed as SBA Administrator; Sen. Ben Cardin Quoted

Isabel Guzman

Isabel Guzman, who has served as director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate since April 2019, received Senate confirmation via an 81-17 vote to be the Small Business Administration's (SBA) next leader. In addition, she co-founded GovContractPros in 2018 with the intent to provide consulting services to companies that want to do business with the federal government. 

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Hanscom AFB to Roll Out Enterprise IT System to USAF, USSF; Col. Justin Collins Quoted

Enterprise IT System

Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) is slated to implement a consolidated service desk and catalog system that will support more than 700,000 users worldwide. The first wave of the Enterprise IT-as-a-Service (EITaaS) platform features integrated security management capabilities, automated compliance checks and regular hardware and refresh updates, the U.S. Air Force said Monday.

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F-15EX Aircraft Arrives at Eglin AFB for Integrated Tests; Lt. Col. Richard Turner Quoted

F-15EX Eagle II

The U.S. Air Force received a Boeing-built multirole fighter aircraft March 11 at Eglin AF Base in Florida. USAF said Thursday the F-15EX aircraft will undergo a series of developmental and operational tests throughout its entire deployment. Aircrews will perform local airspace flights to familiarize themselves with the fighter prior to the tests.

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DOE to Support Four Vehicle Energy Consumption Mitigation Projects

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $18 million in funds through the second phase of the Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles program to four projects that aim to lower automobile emissions. DOE initially awarded $32 million in funds to 10 teams during the first phase of NEXTCAR. 

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Coast Guard to Form Unmanned Tech Requirements Review Group; Adm. Karl Schultz Quoted

U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard looks to establish a new group that will work to review the service branch's requirements for unmanned vehicles. Schultz said the potential group will explore the feasibility of unmanned technologies for the Coast Guard. According to the report, USCG's research and development hub is currently conducting experimental activities on a 29-foot unmanned vessel in Hawaii.

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FEMA Unveils Plans to Implement New Cybersecurity Controls; Ted Okada Quoted

Cybersecurity Controls

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has teamed up with information technology organizations under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish cybersecurity controls that could automate security processes. Ted Okada, chief technology officer at FEMA, said the agency intends to adopt a zero-trust security posture and handle as well as compute data at the edge.

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Rep. Marcia Fudge Receives Senate Confirmation as HUD Secretary

Marcia Fudge

The Senate has confirmed Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a 66-34 vote. Fudge said in her Senate confirmation hearing she will focus on addressing housing issues brought by the COVID-19 pandemic under her new role.

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DHS Unveils Topics for Long-Range Broad Agency Announcement; Dusty Lang Quoted

Cybersecurity Talent

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology (DHS S&T) directorate has released 23 topics for a broad agency announcement (LRBAA) that seeks to gather proposals on novel approaches that may address DHS' operational needs. DHS said Tuesday that it aims to build prototypes, test and mature various technologies for homeland security usage through the LRBAA.

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