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CenturyLink Becomes First Vendor to Receive Authority in GSA Infrastructure Contract

CenturyLink became the first supplier to receive authority to operate (ATO) under the General Services Administration’s 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program. EIS is  an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) program that provides federal agencies with the flexibility and agility to migrate to modern communications and IT services that meet strict government security standards.

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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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OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Named Interim White House Chief of Staff

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been selected by President Donald Trump to serve as White House chief of staff on an acting basis, The Washington Post reported Friday. Mulvaney will replace John Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who will continue to serve in his current role through the end of 2018.

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FTC Efforts Have Led to $1.6B in Consumer Refunds in FY 2018

FTC Chairman Joseph Simons on Tuesday testified before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security, telling lawmakers that Commission actions on complaints against a number of businesses resulted in more than $1.6B in consumer refunds during the previous fiscal year. Among the companies required to self-administer consumer refund efforts are Amazon and the Volkswagen Group of Companies.

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DoD Completes Agency-Wide Financial Audit

The Defense Department has announced the completion of its first-ever agency-wide financial audit. The DoD said in a Nov. 16 press release that the audit, whose final report is now available for download, involved over a thousand auditors who verified voluminous records covering military personnel, equipment and real property. In addition, the auditors evaluated DoD systems for security weaknesses.

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UN Committee Approves Draft Resolutions on Responsible ICT Use by State Actors

The United Nations General Assembly First Committee has announced the approval of two documents that aim to regulate the way state actors use modern information and communication technologies. The documents call for the adherence to a set of norms governing ICT use and the establishment of consultative panels that would further develop related principles and protocols.

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US Navy Opens New Facility Supporting Nuclear Deterrence Efforts

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division has opened a new building in Virginia that will provide laboratories, offices and equipment for the scientists, engineers and technical experts working on the country’s Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Program. Officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 1 at the NSWCDD Missile Support Facility, which will allow more than 300 of the division’s personnel to develop, test and maintain U.S. missile systems, the U.S. Navy announced Monday.

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CMS Reports Data Breach Compromising Info of 75K Individuals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently revealed that hackers have broken into one of the agency’s online healthcare registration systems and compromised the data of 75,000 individuals. The CMS stated in a press release dated Oct. 19 that its personnel had monitored “anomalous activities” on the Direct Enrollment pathway, a system used by insurance brokers and agents to guide clients applying for health coverage. The agency subsequently began an investigation into the anomaly on Oct. 13 and confirmed the data breach by Oct. 16.

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