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Small Business Administration Reports Contracting Achievement for Fiscal 2018

The federal government has exceeded its targeted amount of small business contracts for fiscal year 2018, marking the sixth year of meeting the annual goal. Around 25 percent of federal contract funds, totaling $120.8 billion, went to agreements with small businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration said Tuesday. This record exhibits an increase from last fiscal year's $15 billion.

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DHS S&T, USFA, FEMA to Close Wildfire Gaps Under Public Safety Partnership

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration have teamed up with the international first responder community to address wildfire concerns in wildland-urban interface areas. FEMA will help optimize and address operational issues for public communications, intergovernmental coordination and wildland fire monitoring to augment building codes and infrastructure security, DHS said Tuesday.

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DOE Invests in Public-Private Tech Commercialization Efforts; Rick Perry Quoted

The Department of Energy provides $24 million to partially finance 77 government-industry partnerships aiming to commercialize emerging energy technologies. National Laboratories will work with commercial firms on projects supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund, DOE said Tuesday.

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Suzette Kent: Gov’t ‘United’ in Prioritizing AI Implementation

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the White House is focusing on deploying artificial intelligence to simplify manual functions and support information technology modernization efforts, Federal Times reported Tuesday.  AI can do manual jobs with a lower margin of error and less time while also creating new positions, Kent told attendees at the AI World Government Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Report: Agencies Failed to Comply With Cybersecurity Directives Over Past Decade

A recent report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee has found that government agencies have “historically failed to comply with cybersecurity standards." According to the report, the number of data breaches experienced by agencies in recent years is “not surprising” due to the state of federal networks’ cybersecurity posture and how such agencies failed to address information technology infrastructure issues that left sensitive public information vulnerable to attacks. 

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Navy, USMC Increase AI Implementation Efforts; Richard Spencer Quoted

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps are pursuing ways to further implement the use of artificial intelligence in operations, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy, said the service branch is planning to focus on AI for its fiscal year 2020 budget proposal.

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Derek Tournear Named Acting Director at Space Dev’t Agency

Derek Tournear, formerly assistant director for space at the Department of Defense, has been named acting director of the Space Development Agency, Air Force Magazine reported Tuesday. Tournear will manage the agency's research and engineering framework to address potential DoD space architecture concerns under his new capacity.

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Dana Deasy to Receive Official Presidential Nomination for Pentagon CIO Role

President Trump officially announced in a White House release Tuesday his intent to nominate Dana Deasy to become the chief information officer role with the Department of Defense. Deasy has served as DoD CIO since May 2018 and the White House’s move comes in compliance with a requirement in the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which took effect in January, Fedscoop reported

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