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Bill Zielinski: GSA Introduces New Software License Management Service

The General Services Administration launched a new service to help federal agencies manage software licenses. Bill Zielinski, acting assistant commissioner of GSA’s office of information technology category, wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday that the new software license management service, SLM Fast, seeks to help agency chief information officers, chief financial officers and acquisition professionals control software asset inventories.
 

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA Planning to Deploy Commercial Rocket for Orion Mission

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine testified during a Senate hearing that the agency plans to use a commercial rocket to launch the Orion crew capsule for a three-week mission to the Moon, The Verge reported Wednesday. Exploration Mission 1 was intended to be the debut launch of NASA’s Space Launch System, but has been continually delayed and was recently scheduled for a June 2020 launch.

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Report: DoD Launches Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan officially unveiled the new space development agency, CNN reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, will lead the agency as part of the proposed space force, according to a copy of Shanahan’s memo obtained by the publication.

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Cristopher Krebs: CISA’s ‘Protect 2020’ Initiative Will Address Election Cybersecurity Issues

Cristopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said during a House testimony that CISA will address electoral security through its Protect 2020 effort, The Hill reported Wednesday. Krebs said in his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee that the project revolves around identifying cybersecurity priorities, fortifying election systems and addressing auditing issues to assist state and local officials ahead of the presidential election.

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Rob Davies, EVP of Operations for ViON, Completes His Third Season as 4×24 Chairman

Rob Davies, executive vice president of operations of ViON, has received an award for his leadership role in Executive Mosaic’s 4x24 program, designed for the government contracting industry’s senior and most influential executives. Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Davies with the Chairman’s Award for serving three years as a chairman of the company’s 4x24 leadership program.

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GAO Finds Issues in Energy Department’s Subcontractor Oversight

The Government Accountability Office called on the Department of Energy to improve oversight of its subcontractors after a recent review found that the department had failed to audit over $3.4 billion in subcontracts over the past 10 years. GAO issued a report on Tuesday highlighting the improper auditing process at DOE and the challenges in tracking subcontract ownerships in the department’s multi-billion dollar programs.

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Army Creating Initial EW Brigade Combat Teams by 2020

The U.S. Army is deploying electronic warfare prototype systems to its pilot unit intended to be a part of EW platoons that the service wants to establish within military intelligence companies, C4ISRnet reported Wednesday. The Army is working on an organizational framework for its 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis in Washington that will be implemented by future brigade combat teams.

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Report: DHS Faces Enforcement Issues With Cybersecurity Directives

The Department of Homeland Security released binding operational directives to direct agencies to implement cybersecurity measures against potential threats, but agencies failed to meet the deadlines outlined in the BoDs, FCW reported Tuesday. "I think stakeholders were worried about what we would do with the authority," Gabriel Taran, assistant general counsel for cybersecurity law at DHS, said at an event Monday.

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