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DISA, JFHQ-DODIN Leaders Discuss 2017 Agency Plans and Priorities; Tony Montemarano Comments

A panel of senior leaders from the Defense Information Systems Agency and Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Networks have discussed the agencies’ plans and priorities for 2017. DISA Executive Deputy Director Tony Montemarano noted the agency has modified its future business plans to a more purchase-oriented focus as opposed to …

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Senate Armed Services Committee Unveils New Subcommittee Leaders, Ranking Members

The Senate Armed Services Committee has selected chairpersons and ranking members who will lead the panel’s subcommittees in the 115th Congress. SASC said Wednesday Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), respective chairman and ranking member of the committee, will serve as ex-officio members of all armed services subcommittees. Names of senators and the subcommittees they will …

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NIST Picks 11 Orgs to Manage Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers in Select Areas

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded roughly $12 million in contracts to 11 organizations that will operate manufacturing centers as part of a program designed to aid small and medium-size entities. NIST said Thursday organizations that secured cooperative agreements under the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership program will operate MEP centers …

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CBP Air and Marine Operations Unit Deploys Predator B UAS for Texas Border Security Mission

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection‘s Air and Marine Operations component has deployed an unmanned aircraft system to San Angelo, Texas, to help AMO personnel monitor border security in the state. CBP said Tuesday that the AMO deployment of General Atomics-built Predator B drone will utilize an existing AMO operating location and support the agency’s border …

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VA Office of Inspector General Seeks CIO/Deputy Assistant IG for Mgmt & Administration

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General looks for a new chief information officer who will concurrently serve as deputy assistant inspector general for management and administration. A notice posted Friday on USAJobs stated the chosen candidate will manage and provide advisory services for the VA OIG’s resource management and administrative support functions. The …

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Education Dept Launches Online Hub for Developer Resources

The Education Department has unveiled its first developer hub designed to serve as a dedicated space to centralize developer resources, document open government efforts and utilize the department’s data and code. ED created the usedgov.github.io site with the General Services Administration‘s 18F unit in an effort to organize open source projects and application …

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Jeh Johnson: DHS Cyber Threat Mitigation Platform Covers 93% of Executive Branch Civilian Workforce

The Department of Homeland Security continues to provide its cyber threat mitigation platform to all civilian cabinet-level departments and 45 federal department and agencies that represent 93 percent of the executive branch’s civilian workforce. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wrote in a blog post published Wednesday DHS continues to work with remaining department and agencies …

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Reports: Trump Considers Investment Vet Philip Bilden for Navy Secretary

Philip Bilden, a former managing director at investment firm HarbourVest Partners, has emerged as a top candidate for secretary of the U.S. Navy in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, the Washington Post reported Friday. Josh Rogin cited a transition official as saying that Trump could nominate Bilden to succeed Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as early as this …

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Mary Davie: GSA Unveils Rebranded Office of Information Technology Category

The General Services Administration has changed the name of its Integrated Technology Service to the Office of Information Technology Category and modified the ITC’s framework to align with agencies and industry partners. Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the ITC, wrote in a blog post published Jan. 5 the new office will look to bolster deliveries of products …

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