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USAF Takes Over NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission

The U.S. Air Force has accepted responsibility for the NATO Baltic air policing mission from Poland’s air force during a handover ceremony at the Sialuiai air base in Lithuania. The Defense Department said Thursday that approximately 140 airmen and seven F-15C Eagle aircraft from the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have …

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GSA Makes Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Program Voluntary for Contractors

The General Services Administration has modified its Transactional Data Reporting rule to make the pilot program voluntary for government contractors that received multiple-award schedule contracts and special item numbers. Mary Davie, acting deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the TDR rule offers an option …

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Althea Coetzee Leslie Sworn In as SBA Deputy Administrator; Linda McMahon Comments

Althea Coetzee Leslie, former chief of staff to the Defense Department undersecretary for defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has joined the Small Business Administration as deputy administrator. SBA said Monday Leslie was sworn in during a ceremony at the agency’s Washington headquarters. “Allie’s leadership background as a U.S Navy two-star rear …

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Andrei Iancu to Be Nominated USPTO Director

Andrei Iancu, managing partner at law firm Irell & Manella, will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. President Trump also intends to nominate Iancu as undersecretary for intellectual property at the Commerce Department. Iancu previously advised plaintiffs and defendants from various …

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Rob Leahy to Serve as Acting OPM CIO

Rob Leahy, deputy chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management, has been appointed to succeed outgoing CIO David DeVries on an acting basis effective Sept. 2. OPM said Friday that Chief Information Security Officer Cord Chase will step into the position of acting deputy CIO. Leahy joined the agency …

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Navy LCS Launches Harpoon Missile in Live-Fire Test

A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship has launched a missile off the coast of Guam as part of a live-fire test that demonstrated the vessel’s capacity to engage a surface target from beyond visual range. An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial system and an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter provided targeting support for the Harpoon Block 1C …

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