Tag Archives: 2020 wash100

Will Roper: Prime Contractors Acquiring Smaller Companies Limit Industrial Base

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said prime contractors' acquisition of middle-tier companies has shrunk the industrial base. The Department of Defense (DoD) now sees the industrial base as more generalized than specialized, as major contractors secure awards for almost every program.

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GSA Intends to Leverage Digital Assets to Increase Operating Efficiency; David Shive Quoted

David Shive

The General Services Administration (GSA) will integrate its digital assets and tools it has created to ensure the agency operates as efficiently as possible by reengineering agency business processes. David Shive, chief information officer of GSA, said that the agency will work to become a “true, end-to-end digital entity.” GSA will continually improve systems and services throughout the acquisition life cycle to improve efficiency. 

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Stacy Cummings to Take Acting Undersecretary Role for DoD

Stacy Cummings

Stacy Cummings will succeed Hon. Ellen Lord, 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD), effective Jan. 20th. Cummings will assume the role until President-elect Joe Biden appoints a Senate-confirmed official to the position. Cummings currently serves as acting deputy assistant secretary for acquisition at DoD and is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. 

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NGA to Increase Opportunities for Neurodiverse Workforce; Dr. Stacey Dixon Quoted

Dr. Stacey Dixon

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will strive to increase workforce opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. NGA launched its Neurodiverse Federal Workforce pilot program in Dec. 2020. The agency will foster partnerships with MITRE and Melwood to provide jobs for people with disabilities. "NGA mission success is contingent on a world-class workforce with a wide diversity of opinions and expertise,” NGA deputy director and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Dr. Stacey Dixon

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David Norquist to Serve as Acting Secretary of Defense for Biden Administration

David Norquist

David Norquist, current deputy secretary of defense and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, will serve as acting secretary of defense for the Biden administration. Norquist has more than three decades of experience in federal financial management and national security. He was sworn in as the 34th deputy secretary of defense in July 2019. 

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NSA Releases Report on 2020 Cybersecurity Initiatives; Anne Neuberger Quoted

Anne Neuberger

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued its 2020 Cybersecurity Report that details progress on the agency's initiatives focused on integrating threat intelligence, cryptographic knowledge, vulnerability analysis, defensive operations and technical expertise. According to the report, NSA was able to help the Department of Defense (DoD) modernize encryption procedures and mitigate attacks resulting from quantum systems and “adversarial computational advances”.

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DoD Increases 5G Testing with New Competition; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Department of Defense (DoD) has introduced a new competition to build open “5G protocol stack software,” a core component for using the physical network hardware, which is currently being tested by the department. The competition will also expand DoD’s partnerships with private sector companies. In addition, the department recently announced its 5G implementation plan

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Constellis Names Rick Tye as President of Crisis Mitigation; Tim Reardon Quoted

Constellis

Constellis has appointed Rick Tye as president of Crisis Mitigation within the Crisis Response business, where he will lead the company’s COVID-19 Response, Fire and Emergency Services, Emergency and Disaster Response, and other priority programs. “This is an important new role for Rick and a vital service in today’s environment,” said Tim Reardon, CEO of Constellis and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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Maria Roat on Upcoming Federal Data Strategy 2021 Action Plan

Maria Roat

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information office and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the 2021 Action Plan of the Federal Data Strategy is expected to put emphasis on efforts to advance data skills training, mature data management and strengthen cross-agency collaboration. Roat said agencies will continue efforts to mature data governance in 2021. 

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Gen. John Murray: Army Futures Command Engages With Austin Area for Tech Pursuits

Gen. John Murray

Gen. John Murray, commanding general of U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said he sees Austin, Texas, as a potential technology hub for AFC's software development programs. Murray and Craig Enoch, board chair at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, spoke virtually on Dec. 17 to discuss the AFC’s pursuits, 

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