Mary-Louise Hoffman

Coast Guard Eyes Cloud-Based Platform to Manage Investigative Data

Cloud Security Vetting

The U.S. Coast Guard's law enforcement organization is looking to procure a software-as-a-service platform for storage, analysis and sharing of data collected through independent investigations. Coast Guard added the platform should meet Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) compliance requirements. The service anticipates a one-year base period of performance, followed by three one-year option periods, for the procurement effort.

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NASA Centers to Test Lunar Exploration Flight Software; Jacob Hageman Quoted

NASA Lunar

Two NASA-operated facilities will collaborate on the testing and certification processes for flight software the agency intends to use on its mission to land astronauts on the moon in 2024. “The Artemis program provides resources to help us improve the product, which benefits everyone who uses it," said Jacob Hageman, team lead for the Gateway cFS certification effort.

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Navy Forms EOD Tech Assessment Division; Capt. Eric Correll Quoted

Explosive Ordnance

The U.S. Navy has created an organization within Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Division (IHD) that will evaluate explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) equipment to address system capability gaps. The Battle Lab will help the U.S. Navy determine EOD equipment needs, develop requirements, manage buying processes and implement technologies.

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House Democrats Want GAO to Investigate Federal Energy Conservation Practices, Challenges

Energy Conservation

Four House Democratic have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to determine forces that prevent federal agencies from implementing building energy and water efficiency measures that support U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The letter was signed by Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.; Frank Pallone, D-N.J.; Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; and Bobby Bush, D-Ill.

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House OKs Bill to Codify FedRAMP, Create Federal Cloud Advisory Panel

Network Infrastructure

The House has passed a bipartisan bill by voice vote that seeks to codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and establish an advisory panel that would coordinate procurement and cybersecurity efforts under the governmentwide cloud computing initiative. GSA found that the number of agencies reusing certified platforms under the program rose 50 percent during fiscal 2020.

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$696M Defense Appropriations Bill Includes Separate Funding Accounts for Space Force

Eric Fanning

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) would receive $15.2 billion under the $696 billion fiscal 2021 defense spending bill approved by Congress as part of a government appropriations package, reflecting its first budget as a separate military branch. The $2.3 trillion omnibus bill includes operations, maintenance, procurement, research, development, test and evaluation program lines for USSF.

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NASA Engineers Test Blue Origin’s Lunar Navigation Tech

Lunar Descent Simulation

A team of NASA engineers has tested the geographical image identification and processing functions of a navigation system from aerospace company Blue Origin during a lunar surface landing simulation exercise as part of a public-private partnership. NASA integrated the aerospace company's BlueNav-L technology with agency-made navigation software for the test activity.

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DHS Releases Positioning, Navigation & Timing System Resilience Guide

Resilient PNT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidance for equipment vendors and critical infrastructure operators to ensure the resiliency of positioning, navigation and timing systems to GPS spoofing or jamming activity. “Combined with our collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on PNT risk profiles, the Conformance Framework will be a valuable risk management tool," said Willian Bryan, acting undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.

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GAO: OMB Should Increase Emphasis on Requirements Under Category Mgmt Initiative

Government Procurement

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) needs to focus its category management guidance efforts on helping federal buyers understand what goods and services their agencies need rather than emphasizing contracting-related activities under the governmentwide procurement approach. According to OMB, category management-related federal savings reached $27.3 billion over a three-year period.

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Consilient-Intel White Paper Details Federated Learning Model for Financial Crime Risk Mgmt

Financial Crime Risk Mgmt

Intel collaborated with Consilient, a joint venture between K2 Integrity and Giant Oak, to produce a white paper that describes a technological approach to update the current anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing system. The "Federated Learning through Revolutionary Technology" report explains how the combination of Consilient's Dozer behavioral analytics tool and Intel's Software Guard Extensions platform could help industry obtain insights on financial crime risks while maintaining data privacy.

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