GAO: VA Should Improve Schedule, Cost Estimates for Financial Management Tech Modernization Effort

Financial Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiate steps to come up with reliable cost and schedule estimates for the Financial Management Business Transformation (FMBT) program using best practices outlined in GAO’s cost estimating and schedule assessment guides. The FMBT initiative seeks to replace VA’s aging financial and acquisition systems with a single integrated platform.  

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Former DOD Acquisition Chief Ellen Lord Appointed as Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins APL

Ellen Lord

Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has named Ellen Lord, former undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DOD) and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, as a senior fellow. She will be responsible for providing the lab with insights on government- and military-related technology and policy decisions. 

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CISA Issues Advisory on Pulse Connect Secure VPN Vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an alert stating that a cyber threat actor has compromised a number of government agencies, critical infrastructure and organizations in the private sector since “June 2020 or earlier” using vulnerabilities in Ivanti’s Pulse Connect Secure virtual private network products.

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CyberSheath Announces New CMMC Managed Service; Eric Noonan Quoted

Eric Noonan

CyberSheath Services International announced Tuesday the next evolution of its CMMC Managed Services, including its CMMCEnclave. CMMCEnclave is a service that enables small and mid-sized businesses to obtain CMMC certification required to secure Department of Defense (DOD) contracts. CyberCloud Shared Services shares desktops while data security is enforced to CMMC compliance standards. 

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Leidos Secures $480M CBP Contract for Non-intrusive Inspection Systems; Jim Moos Quoted

Jim Moos

Leidos has been awarded a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prime contract to provide Multi-Energy Portal (MEP) systems for non-intrusive inspection (NII) of commercial vehicles at both land and seaports of entry. The multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is estimated to be worth $480 million. Leidos has other NII contracts with CBP as the end-user. 

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Army Partners With Academia to Develop Soldier-to-Robot Communication System; Felix Gervits Quoted

Robot Communication

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) worked with the University of Southern California (USC) to study how soldiers would communicate with autonomous robots. The Army said Monday it worked with the Institute for Creative Technologies, USC-hosted research center funded by the Department of Defense, to prototype the Joint Understanding and Dialogue Interface (JUDI) system.

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GSA EIS Team to Help Agencies Implement Emerging Tech via New Service; Allen Hill Quoted

General Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) is working on a network-as-a-service that would help agencies continuously modernize network infrastructure via a cloud-centric business model. Allen Hill, GSA's deputy assistant commissioner of category management, said the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract team will help agencies adopt emerging technologies and shift away from legacy systems.

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House Presents Performance Enhancement Bill, Reviews Existing IT Laws; Jay Mahanand Quoted

Jay Mahanand

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., have introduced a bill that aims to involve key stakeholders and resources in federal performance planning. The two introduced the Performance Enhancement Reform Act during a biannual hearing last Friday. Connolly, who chairs the House's Subcommittee on Government Operations, administered this hearing to review the implementation of three existing technology laws. 

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Vertex Aerospace Receives $881M NAVAIR CLS Contract; CEO Ed Boyington Quoted

Ed Boyington

Vertex Aerospace announced on Tuesday that the company has been awarded a potential six-year, $882 million Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) task order from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide supply chain management for the E-6B Mercury Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) and Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) missions.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Announces ServiceNow Integration to Improve Multi-Cloud Management

Oracle Cloud

Oracle today announced that ServiceNow, the leading digital workflow company that makes work, work better for people, now supports the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Enterprise customers are now able to access and manage OCI resources via their existing ServiceNow Service portal and the ServiceNow IT Operations Management (ITOM) Visibility application. 

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