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Army Official: JEDI Does Not Preclude Other Cloud Initiatives

Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Army, has said that the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract does not preclude the implementation of other pilot cloud projects within the Defense Department. Yee made the remarks during a recent AFCEA luncheon, where Edward Siomacco, a deputy director at the Army’s G-4 headquarters, described a six-month trial commercial cloud effort being carried out by the Army Business Council, FCW reported Thursday.

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CBO Report: Navy Shipbuilding Plan to Cost Roughly $30B Annually for 30 Years

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the U.S. Navy's 2019 shipbuilding proposal would, on average, cost $28.9B in 2018 dollars per year throughout the plan’s three-decade duration. The Navy’s battle force build-up plan involves the construction of 301 combat and support vessels from fiscal year 2019 to 2048, and would cost $801B in 2018 dollars in total.

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OMB Official Endorses Strategy to Promote Adoption of Evidence-Based Policymaking

An official at the Office of Management and Budget recently underscored the importance of equipping federal agencies with the ability to collect and leverage data when making decisions and formulating policy, FCW reported Thursday. Speaking at a recent Urban Institute event, Diana Epstein, head of the Evidence Team at the OMB, endorsed the use of learning agendas to promote the adoption of evidence-based policymaking, a strategy that several agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Small Business Administration, are already implementing.

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SEC to Hold 2018 Small Business Capital Formation Forum at Ohio State University

The Securities and Exchange Commission is hosting its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation in cooperation with The Ohio State University's National Center for the Middle Market. The event, taking place Dec. 12 at the university's Fawcett Center, aims to help small businesses adopt additional measures in capital development, the SEC said Thursday.

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Medical Device Cyber Management

The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft guidance to provide recommendations that seek to help companies address cyber risks in medical devices prior to the submission of premarket applications for their products. FDA said Thursday the recommendations in the guidance document aim to facilitate the review process for premarket submissions and reduce the risk of patient harm associated with devices with cyber vulnerabilities.

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Grant Schneider: National Cyber Strategy Promotes Action, Accountability

Grant Schneider, federal chief information security officer, has said the national strategy for cybersecurity aims to help federal agencies get ahead of cyber threats and advance accountability, FedScoop reported Thursday. “It’s really a shift from [an approach] about process and policy to action and accountability,” he said Thursday at DC CyberTalks.

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