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Defense Innovation Unit Transitioned 11 Commercial Prototypes in 2020

Defense Innovation Unit

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said in its annual report that it launched 23 new projects in 2020, which reflects a year-over-year increase of 35 percent, and transitioned 11 prototypes to Department of Defense partners for large-scale procurement. DIU received 944 commercial proposals and awarded 56 prototype other transaction agreements to companies in 2020, bringing the total number of prototype OTAs issued to 208.

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DoD Uses Commercial Tech for Early Coronavirus Detection

Department of Defense

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit to use a commercial, wearable infection warning device for COVID-19 spread reduction, DoD News reported Tuesday. The device, named Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure, is designed to alert about the virus' presence in the wearer before he or she exhibits symptoms.

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President Trump Eyes Nomination of Nathan Smington as FCC Member

White House

President Trump plans to nominate Nathan Simington, senior adviser at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to serve as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As part of his current role, Simington oversees supply chains, U.S. 5G security and the American Broadband Initiative, the White House said Tuesday.

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OPM Experiences Data Center Outage as Administration Pursues GSA Merger

The Office of Personnel Management experienced a disruption to its information technology systems due to a data center outage at OPM’s headquarters last week, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. “Significant OPM programs and missions were impacted for multiple hours last week during an incident that impacted OPM information technology,” Stephen Billy, deputy chief of staff at OPM, told the publication. 

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White House to Discuss Job Creation Efforts With Industry Execs

President Donald Trump has launched an initiative that seeks to engage U.S. business leaders in efforts to increase job growth opportunities. Trump plans to hold meetings with executives to gather information about their experiences and insights on job creation as part of the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, according to a White House press release published Friday. …

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Report: White House to Request $95M Cyber Defense Budget for Fiscal 2017

President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for about $95 million in new funding to bolster cyber threat defense of computer systems across the government, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Angela Greiling Keane writes the Obama administration aims to prevent another massive breach following the Office of Personnel Management hack last year that compromised approximately …

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Treasury Names Insurance Advisory Panel Members

The Treasury Department has unveiled the names of 12 public and private sector executives who will serve on its Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance for up to three years. The department said Wednesday that FACI members will periodically advise and recommend strategies for the Federal Insurance Office to address challenges …

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5 New Members Join Senate Finance Panel

The Senate Finance Committee will have three new Republican members and two new Democrat members on the panel for the new session of Congress, Reuters reports. Patrick Temple-West writes the new Republican members are Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Rob Portman of Ohio. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and …

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Deloitte’s New Hire to Lead Cyber-Risk Practice

Government contractors are looking to beef up their cybersecurity outfits. And Deloitte proved itself ahead of the pack as it announced the hiring of former Federal Aviation Administration Chief Information Security Officer Col. Michael F. Brown to head a division in its cyber operations Oct. 4, according to Nextgov. Brown, …

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