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Navy Dept Launches New Small Business Broad Agency Announcement

The Department of the Navy seeks to achieve new vehicle sustainment technologies through engagement with the small business sector. DON said Monday it issued the 20.1/20.A broad agency announcement that calls for research proposals under the department's small business innovation research and technology transfer programs.

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GAO: FirstNet Must Address Lack of Contract Information Sharing

The Government Accountability Office recommends the First Responder Network Authority or FirstNet to better share information on AT&T's public safety network contract. FirstNet needs to further inform stakeholders on its oversight of the contract with AT&T for the operation of a public safety network, GAO said Monday.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reform Government Surveillance; Sen. Ron Wyden Quoted

A bipartisan group of legislators has presented a reform bill that promotes civil rights and protection against excessive government surveillance. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., led a team to propose changes in the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for further regulation, the senator's office said Thursday.

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Federal Contract Data Reports Will Move to SAM.gov Beta

The General Services Administration has announced the transition of a federal system that allows users to view, verify and modify procurement activities. Reporting functions of the Federal Procurement Data System or FPDS.gov will move to the beta SAM.gov Data Bank by fiscal year 2020's conclusion, GSA said Thursday.

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Army Taps Academia to Address Hacker Risks in Facial Recognition Tech

The U.S. Army and Duke University have partnered to address cyber risks that threaten the use of object and facial recognition in artificial intelligence training. Researchers at the university have developed a software that detects backdoor hacking attempts orchestrated against recognition systems, the Army said Tuesday.

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Army Demos Integrated Air Defense With F-35 Jets

A U.S. Army-owned system demonstrated the use of U.S. Air Force F-35 aircraft as sensors for air and missile defense in multi-domain operations. Two F-35 units provided a situational awareness boost to the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System against multiple flying targets during a test in White Sands Missile Range, Lockheed Martin said Tuesday.

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Neil Jacobs: Private Sector Role Grows in NOAA Mission

Neil Jacobs, who leads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on an acting basis, noted the importance of industry in the agency's mission, Space News reported Wednesday. He said at a Maryland Space Business Roundtable event that the private sector is now supporting NOAA's core efforts, expanding the sector's original role as a value-added service provider.

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OMB Proposes Changes in Federal Grant Processing

The Office of Management and Budget proposes a revision of the process through which the federal government awards grants, Government Executive reported Wednesday. The proposed changes would bolster grant merit reviews to encourage the use of domestic resources among recipients.

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