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Navy, Marine Corps Detail Plans to Address Readiness Issues

The U.S. Marine Corps and Navy have announced plans to leverage commercial services, replace aging systems, accelerate ship and aircraft acquisition, build shipyard workforce and increase international partnerships to address recently found readiness issues.

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Trump Aims to Revitalize ‘Qualified Opportunity Zones’ via New White House Council

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to establish a new council that will work to encourage investments in urban and economically distressed areas. The secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the assistant to the president for domestic policy will respectively serve as chairman and vice chair of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, according to the executive order published Wednesday.

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Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 147 Gets Certification to Fly F-35Cs

The U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 147 has achieved certification to operate the F-35C Lightning II aircraft following the completion of qualification tests aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The safe-for-flight operations certification that VFA 147 “Argonauts” received Wednesday comes as the Navy expects to achieve initial operating capability status for the F-35C program by the end of February, the service said Wednesday.
 

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U.S. Navy Awards Belcan Government Services The Seaport Next Generation Contract, A $50 Billion Multi-Year IDIQ Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded the SeaPort Next Generation contract to Schafer Government Services, a division of Belcan‘s Government Services unit, the Arlington, Va., contractor announced Wednesday. The 10-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quality contract has a total value of $50B.

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FCC Opens New Office With Economics, Analytics Focus; Ajit Pai Quoted

The Federal Communications Commission established a new office to apply economic and data analysis on policy formation activities. The agency said Tuesday, its new Office of Economics and Analytics will consist of commission economists, as well as former staff of the now-defunct Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, OEA's predecessor.

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Report: HHS Obtains Authority to Operate AI, Blockchain-Based Acquisition Tool

The Department of Health and Human Services received a full “authority to operate” certification for its ReImagine HHS Accelerate initiative that seeks to improve the department’s acquisition procedures, Fedscoop.com reported Tuesday. The HHS tested the platform with static acquisition data sets to assess its capability to use automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to develop microservices that cut acquisition times, create better-designed contracts and reduce costs.

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GAO Finds DoD, HHS, DHS Misreporting Noncompetitive Contracts

The Government Accountability Office called on the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services to review their records of contract awards due to misreported noncompetitive contracts. Contracting officials at the DoD and HHS found misreporting competitive and noncompetitive between fiscal years 2013 and 2017, GAO said in a report posted Tuesday

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