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Advisory Board Announces Members of Social Security IT Modernization Review Panel

The Social Security Advisory Board has formed an independent panel of experts to assess Social Security’s efforts to update its information technology infrastructure. Alan Balutis, a distinguished fellow and senior director of Cisco Systems’ business solutions group for the North American public sector, will chair the 2019-2020 IT Systems Expert Panel, the board said.

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CGI Federal President Tim Hurlebaus Appointed to PSC Executive Committee; PV Puvvada Quoted

The Professional Services Council announced on Wednesday that Tim Hurlebaus, president of CGI Federal and a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, has been appointed to join PSC’s Executive Committee. He was appointed by PV Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal,chairman of PSC’s Board of Directors and a five-time winner of the Wash100 Award. 

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Larry Sivic Named Associate Director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center

Laurence Sivic, former chief financial officer of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, has been named the site's new associate director, Space Ref reported Thursday. He will manage, coordinate, integrate and evaluate institutional operations across the center's organizational components in his new role.

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VA Boosts Efforts to Implement Forever GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs said that it's on track to meet the new deadline to implement the Forever GI Bill to expand education benefits for veterans, service members and their families, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. Initially, VA intended to begin processing education as well as housing benefits under the law in August. However, the agency adjusted the schedule to Dec. 1, 2019 to secure contracting support and resources.

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Air Force Delivers ‘Unified Platform’ Increment 1 to Cybercom

Department of Defense officials said the U.S. Air Force developed the first iteration of a cyber platform designed to help cyber forces perform mission planning, share information and deliver command-and-control systems to support cyber missions, Fifth Domain reported Monday. A spokesman for the Air Force said the service handed over to U.S. Cyber Command the first increment of the Unified Platform April 9. Increment 1 features capabilities for interoperability and defensive cyber operations.

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Report: US Postal Service Made $16B Contract Deals in FY18

The U.S. Postal Service completed $15.9B in contracts in fiscal year 2018, representing the agency’s largest commercial spending period since 2016, Bloomberg Government reported Friday. The figure was nearly $1B higher than the $15B record set in 2017. Spending data was drawn from Bloomberg Government’s latest data on the USPS Contracts Dashboard.

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AFS Names Ian McCulloh as Chief Data Scientist

Ian McCulloh has been chosen as Accenture Federal Services’ chief data scientist, working in its Analytics and Applied Intelligence practice, the Arlington, Va., company announced Wednesday.

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Report: House Representatives Announce Subcommittee for Veterans Affairs IT Modernization

Representatives Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Tim Walz, D-Minn., a ranking committee member, have announced a new subcommittee to oversee the VA’s technology update initiatives, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Robert Wilkie, former VA acting secretary, revealed in May that the department tapped Cerner for a potential 10-year, …

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