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Nominations Close for 2021 Wash100 Awards on Jan. 8th

2021 Wash100 Award

Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, will accept your nominations for the upcoming 2021 Wash100 Award until Friday, Jan. 8th. To nominate your favorite executive for this prestigious award, visit the Wash100 website. “It’s been a true privilege bestowing the Wash100 Award,” said Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic

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FCC Seeks Feedback on $3.2B Emergency Broadband Discount Program

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a request for comment on the agency’s plans to launch a $3.2 billion program aimed at providing discounted broadband services to low-income Americans. The agency will direct participating telecommunications providers to provide a monthly discount of up to $50 for eligible households. Tribal lands will be eligible for up to $75 in monthly slashed rates

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HUD Continues Modernization Under GSA IT Centers of Excellence Program; Irving Dennis Quoted

Irving Dennis

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has launched an effort to centralize its data warehouse operations and call-center activities in line with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Centers of Excellence program. The department has since simplified auditing procedures and ensured compliance with standards such as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act, according to the report. 

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HHS Unveils Online Resources for Health IT Standards Compliance

Health IT Standards

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has introduced online resources to help health IT professionals comply with new electronic health information system standards. The website also covers topics such as compliance date extensions, health IT certification and test procedures. 

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Lt. Col. Ryan Rose on Space Force’s Small Satellite Launch Plans

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose, chief of the small launch and targets division of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) launch enterprise, said the U.S. Space Force plans to assess and work with as many small launch providers as possible and determine how to procure services from such companies to meet future demand.

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Bipartisan Law Seeks to Improve FEMA’s Advance Contracting Process; Rep. Bennie Thompson Quoted

Federal Emergency

President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill to improve the process of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding contracts before disasters strike to ensure readiness, Government Executive reported Monday. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced the bill in the lower chamber.

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Marine Corps Fields Rifle Suppressors Under Large-Scale Defense Logistics Program; Maj. Mike Brisker Quoted

M27 Rifle

The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has begun the large-scale fielding of rifle suppressors as part of the service’s goal to deploy 30,000 of the small-arms components by fiscal year 2023. “We’ve never fielded suppressors at this scale. This fielding is a big moment for the Marine Corps,” said Maj. Mike Brisker, weapons product manager at PM IW.

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FAA Celebrates 2020 Record of Licensed Space Operations; Elaine Chao Quoted

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved 41 commercial space launches and reentries in 2020, breaking a new record in the area. “This record-setting year in launches, and the new streamlined launch and reentry licensing regulations, bode well for continued rapid growth of America’s commercial space sector,” said Elaine Chao, secretary of Transportation.

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Year-End Spending Bill Includes Local Gov’t Cybersecurity Language

Cyber Strategy

The $1.4 trillion spending package approved by President Trump contains a provision that mandates the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) to help local agencies create online portals and email accounts with the .gov domain. The provision directs the DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to develop an outreach strategy and make resources available to assist local governments in the .gov transition process.

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White House Issues National Strategy for Planetary Protection

White House

The White House National Space Council has released a new strategy that seeks to protect the Earth and other planetary bodies from biological contamination associated with space exploration activities and ensure safe and sustainable commercialization and exploration of space. For the first objective, the government should come up with a forward contamination framework and risk-informed decision-making implementation strategies. 

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