Press Releases

Lawmakers Call for Preservation of CMO Position in FY 2021 NDAA

US Capitol

Several lawmakers have called on House and Senate leaders through a letter to retain the chief management officer position within the Department of Defense (DoD) as conference negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 kick off. The letter was signed by 13 lawmakers, including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Todd Young, R-Ind.

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ODNI Names Lora Shiao COO; John Ratcliffe Quoted

Lora Shiao

Lora Shiao, deputy director at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has been appointed to serve as chief operating officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), effective Oct. 12th. "Lora has a strong track record of leading collaboratively across the IC on high-profile topics and fostering a corporate culture of workforce engagement and professional development,” said John Ratcliffe

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Navy Commissions USS Delbert D. Black Destroyer

USS Delbert D Black

The U.S. Navy held a limited-attendance commissioning ceremony for USS Delbert D. Black, the 68th delivered Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The service branch said Saturday it live-streamed the event for mass viewing. James Guerts, assistant secretary of the Navy, represented Navy Secretary Kenneth J. Braithwaite at the ceremony.

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Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Sen. Mazie Hirono Introduce Bill Mandating Research Into COVID-19 Disinformation

COVID-19

Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, have introduced legislation authorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct research into disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wexton and Hironi will hold a virtual roundtable on Tuesday, Sept. 29th to discuss the legislation.

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USAF Signs $67M in Contracts to Advance Virtual Training; Maj. Mark Budgeon Quoted

Virtual Training

The U.S. Air Force has allocated $67 million in contracts to develop the service branch’s virtual training. The work under the contract will provide airmen with new training platforms to help educate on aircraft and other systems, as the military continues to social distance during the ongoing pandemic.

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Northrop Grumman to Launch NG-14 Resupply to ISS

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has planned to launch the company’s 14th resupply mission (NG-14) to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract, the company reported on Monday. Liftoff of the Antares rocket is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 9:38 p.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. 

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James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for R&D and Acquisition, Receives His First Wash100 Award

James Geurts

James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition, received his 2020 Wash100 Award for the first time in his long career for driving innovation and technological capabilities for the service branch. Visit POC’s 2020 Navy Forum main page to register for Potomac Officers Club’s 2020 Navy Forum on Wednesday, September 30th. 

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GSA Awards American Systems $43.5M Contract to Support ANG JTAC Training System

Peter Smith

American Systems has been awarded a five-year, $43.5 million GSA Alliant 2 Task Order to perform comprehensive operation, maintenance and sustainment of the Air National Guard (ANG) Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training system (AAJTS). American Systems will work to satisfy the ANG JTAC and combat controller squadron level continuation, qualification and mission rehearsal training requirements. 

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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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