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Stuart McGuigan: State Department Increases Agility, Centralized Tech Infrastructure

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer at the Department of State, stated that the department has become more agile today than when he arrived in 2018. Since joining the State Department, McGuigan has worked to streamline the Authorization to Operate process to increase efficiency. “We have been pushing for is software-as-a-service,” McGuigan said. 

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IRS Outlines Taxpayer Experience, Employee Training Strategies in Congressional Report

IRS

The IRS has submitted a report to Congress outlining strategies to improve the taxpayer experience, employee training and organizational structure to comply with the provisions of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019. The agency’s Taxpayer Experience Strategy includes six components, including expanded digital services, proactive outreach and education and enterprise data management and advanced analytics. 

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Air Force Research Lab’s WeaponONE Demo Highlights Benefits of Digital Twins to Warfighters; Col. Garry Haase Quoted

WeaponONE Demo

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) conducted a demonstration of a program to highlight how digital twin technologies could help deliver weapons capabilities to warfighters in near real time. AFRL’s munitions directorate integrated the Digital Twin Lab to improve the capabilities of Gray Wolf, a weapons system prototype designed to launch in a swarm to target hostile threats. 

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DOD’s John Kirby: Biden Seeks Five-Year Extension of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Treaty

John Kirby

John Kirby, press secretary at the Department of Defense (DOD), has issued a statement saying President Biden is seeking to extend for another five years the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. Kirby said extending New START advances U.S. defense, but would create a loss of inspection and notification tools by failing to extend the treaty would undermine U.S. understanding of Russia’s nuclear forces.

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Jack London: The World Is a Dangerous Place

Jack London

After 20 years in the government contracting media business, I sense personally how much the industry mourns the passing of the true GovCon titan in Jack London of CACI. The ever vigilant Jack London spoke the words, “The world is a dangerous place“ with a clear sense of purpose. Because of people like Jack, a leader of character, the world is indeed a safer place.

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GAO Releases Annual Assessment of Major DHS Acquisition Programs

DHS

The Government Accountability Office assessed 24 major acquisition programs of the Department of Homeland Security and found that 19 of those were meeting their cost and schedule baseline goals as of September 2020. GAO said in a report that five DHS acquisition programs remained in breach of either schedule or cost goals or both as of September last year.

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David Norquist Becomes Acting Defense Secretary; DOD Announces Interim Secretaries for U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force

David Norquist

David Norquist, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, has assumed responsibilities as acting secretary of Defense to ensure continuity of operations and readiness at the Pentagon until a new DOD secretary is confirmed. John Roth, John Whitley and Tom Harker assumed duties as acting secretaries of the Air Force, Army and the Navy, respectively.

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DOE Gets State, Local Governments to Apply New Building Technologies; AnnaMaria Garcia Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven local and state government entities to install new building technologies in Texas, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Tennessee and Rhode Island. DOE said Wednesday that it competitively selected four local government bodies, two state energy agencies and a state judicial council to have these technologies installed and demonstrated under the department's State Energy Program.

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Air Force, Joint Leaders Discuss Command & Control Pursuits at Annual Summit

U.S. Air Force

The Department of the Air Force gathered leaders from both its service branches to standardize joint all-domain command and control processes at this year's annual C2 Summit. The event ran from Jan. 12 to 13th at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, with the participation of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force and joint senior leaders.

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FAA Initiates Grant Programs for Aviation Workforce Development

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened a pair of grant programs that aim to develop a modern workforce of both aircraft pilots and aviation maintainers. FAA said Tuesday that it will award the Aircraft Pilots and Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants to build an expanded talent pool of pilots, unmanned aircraft systems operators, aerospace engineers and aircraft maintenance technicians.

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