Tag Archives: automation

Report: Federal RPA Program Maturity Saw 70% Increase in FY20; Gerard Badorrek Quoted

Gerard Badorrek

A Federal Robotic Process Automation Community of Practice report states that overall RPA program maturity for fiscal year 2020 increased by 70 percent from FY19 as agencies continue to deploy automation in more functional areas. Adopting sophisticated technology platforms for RPA programs would additionally ensure long-term program capacity and effectiveness, the report states.

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NASA Publishes Best Practices Handbook to Improve Space Operations; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA has published the Spacecraft Conjunction Assessment and Collision Avoidance Best Practices Handbook to provide insight on best practices for coordinating in-orbit activity safely. “Now is the time for all space operators to leverage innovative commercially available space situational awareness data, information, and analysis to mitigate the potential for in-orbit collisions and sustain key orbital regimes,” said NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jim Bridenstine.

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DoD Improves Command-Centric Operational Framework; Paul Fredenburgh Quoted

Command-Centric

The Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks (JFHQ-DoDIN) has improved at implementing its command-centric operational framework. “Operationalizing the secure, operate-and-defend mission area is at the heart of outmaneuvering adversaries in the cyber domain as we establish priorities for and direct network operations, security actions and unified defensive efforts across DoDIN,” deputy commander Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh said.

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Bechtel Cyber Experts Join (CS)2AI as Fellows; Mike Costas, Derek Harp Quoted

Bechtel

Katie Pehrson and Charlie Givens of Bechtel have been appointed to Control System Cyber Security Association International's ((CS)2AI) fellowship program. Pehrson and Givens will provide (CS)2AI members and industry with support and expertise on complex technical challenges across industrial control systems cybersecurity. Pehrson and Givens were appointed based on their more than 25 years of combined experience in Bechtel's cybersecurity customer initiatives. 

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Army Seeks to Collect Soldiers’ Initial Feedback on New Tech With Mixed-Reality Environment

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command has developed a mixed-reality environment to assess soldiers’ interactions with its automated targeting system as part of efforts to integrate their feedback earlier in the development process. 

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Boeing Names Jinnah Hosein VP of Software Engineering; Dave Calhoun, Greg Hyslop Quoted

Jinnah Hosein

Boeing has appointed Jinnah Hosein as vice president of Software Engineering, effective immediately, to strengthen the company’s software engineering across the enterprise. Hosein will report to Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief engineer and senior vice president of Engineering, Test and Technology. "Jinnah will be a transformational leader for Boeing," said Dave Calhoun.

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Ashley Mahan: FedRAMP Sees Increase in Cloud Product Reusability Requests

Ashley Mahan

Ashley Mahan, director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) at the General Services Administration (GSA), said in an interview with Francis Rose of Government Matters the volume of requests by agencies to reuse FedRAMP-compliant cloud products has doubled since March as government personnel shifted to remote work due to the pandemic.

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Leidos Reports Third Quarter FY2020 Results; Roger Krone Quoted

Roger Krone

Leidos Holdings has published financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, reporting revenues of $3.24 billion, compared to $2.84 billion in the prior year quarter. The company’s revenues for the quarter included $302 million and $74 million related to the acquisitions of Dynetics, Inc. and L3Harris Technologies' security detection and automation (SD&A) businesses, respectively.

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Northrop Grumman Wins $91M Contract to Upgrade US Army, Navy Radar Receiver; Ryan Tintner Quoted

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has won a $91 million contract to produce AN/APR-39D(V)2 digital radar warning receivers (RWR). “As the radio frequency threat grows worldwide, the protection the AN/APR-39D(V)2 provides has become essential for our warfighters and international partners,” said Ryan Tintner, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman.

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CMS, IRS Senior Leaders Talk Using AI to Automate Data Processing, Fraud Detection

Data Processing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking into consolidating its enterprise data in addition to using artificial intelligence and machine learning for fraud detection activities. Bobby Saxon said that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unit intends to implement automation for various agency use cases in three to six months.

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