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Local Officials Seek Deadline Extension for Spending COVID-19 Relief Funds

COVID-19 Relief

Local government officials are calling for the federal government to extend the Dec. 30th deadline to give them more time to spend the money from the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Some officials said the deadline will restrict them from spreading the funds into 2021 in order to continue to address the threats posed by COVID-19.

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Congress Modernization Select Committee OKs 40 Capacity Improvement, Budget Reform Recommendations

US Capitol

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress has passed 40 recommendations to help the legislative branch reform the appropriations process, improve congressional capacity and reclaim its responsibilities under Article One of the Constitution. The vote on the fifth and final package brings the amount of approved recommendations by the committee to 90. 

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CISA: Hacker Launches Cyber Attack on Federal Agency Using Multistage Malware

Multistage Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has found that a cyber threat actor exploited compromised credentials to implant a multistage malware and launch a cyber attack on a federal agency’s network. CISA has recommended that agencies monitor network traffic for unusual open ports, large outbound files and other suspicious activities, deploy an enterprise firewall.

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Fiscal Service Bureau Launches Efforts to Digitally Transform Financial Processes

Fiscal Service Bureau

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service initiated a couple of new efforts to simplify how the U.S. federal government processes and manages financial activities. The Digital End-to-End Efficiency initiative aims to fully automate and digitally transform a business process instead of only automating certain, individual tasks, the bureau said Monday.

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DHS S&T Funds Kynamics to Develop Language Translation Tool

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected Kynamics to develop a portable language translation system with funds worth $192.5K. The California-based awardee will deliver this tool under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program to help the U.S. Coast Guard communicate with non-English speakers when required by missions. S&T issued the award through the Language Translator solicitation.

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18th Space Control Squadron Posts Space Debris Collision Forecasts Online; Lt. Col. Justin Sorice Quoted

SBSS Satellite

The 18th Space Control Squadron has started sharing their forecasts on space debris-on-debris collisions through the Space-Track website. The squadron has increased the number of objects it screens daily by more than 350 percent, while it decreased the amount of monitored low to no-risk early conjunctions by over 30 percent as part of the Reduction of Conjunction Assessment Processing program.

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Marine Corps Looks to Expand C2, Expeditionary Base Operations

Marine Corps Operations

John Garner, program executive officer for land systems at the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), has said the service branch gears its current acquisition efforts toward expeditionary advance base operations (EABO) and distributed command and control.The Marine Corps is working on a small Common Aviation Command and Control (CAC2) System.

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Jennifer Edgin: Marine Corps Uses Blue Print to Guide Information Tech Pursuits

Jennifer Edgin

Jennifer Edgin, assistant deputy commandant for information at the U.S. Marine Corps, said the service is using a specific blueprint to guide the development of an information environment. The Marine Corps' 2019 information environment blueprint serves as a business model embodying the policies, design and services essential to USMC's information capabilities.

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Gen. John Murray on Further Dev’t, Testing of Army’s Integrated Tactical Network

Gen. John Murray

Gen. John Murray, commanding general of the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said the Army's integrated tactical network (ITN) needs updated commercial technologies to operate at constrained bandwidth ranges. According to Murray, the network is the backbone of the Army's main operations. 

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Victoria Coleman Takes Oath as DARPA Director

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, formerly senior adviser for microelectronics technology policy to the director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley, has formally assumed the role of director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Coleman has succeeded Steven Walker, who vacated his post in 2019. 

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