Tag Archives: coronavirus pandemic

Maria Roat: SBA Addresses Cyber Threats Amid Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Maria Roat, chief information officer at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said SBA’s security operations team is implementing SBA Connect authentication for new capabilities and performing penetration testing to address data security issues during the coronavirus pandemic, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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Ellen McCarthy: State Dept’s Intelligence Bureau Embraces Open-Source Data

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Ellen McCarthy, assistant secretary for the State Department’s bureau of intelligence and research and a former Wash100 Award, said the bureau has adopted publicly available, open-source data to serve as the foundation for the department’s intelligence, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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Gen. David Goldfein Works With Overseas Counterparts to Maintain F-35 Supply Chain Amid COVID-19

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Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said he has been in talks with his international counterparts to discuss ways on how to maintain the supply chain for the F-35 fighter jet program during the coronavirus pandemic, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

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Senators Ask Congress for More Funds to Help US Digital Service, TTS Back States, Local Governments

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A group of 16 senators has called on congressional leaders to allocate more funds for the Office of Management and Budget’s U.S. Digital Service and the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service to help state and local governments address information technology challenges as they administer federal assistance programs to citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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James Geurts: Navy Uses Supply Chain Mgmt Tools to Stay Ahead of Facility Closures

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James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition at the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service branch has used its supply chain management platforms to track where factory shutdown or delays could occur as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, FedScoop reported Monday.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Call for Reopening of Mexican Suppliers

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Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Awardee, said aircraft manufacturers and other U.S. defense contractors depend on parts suppliers in Mexico and DoD will call for the country to reopen such facilities that have shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Defense One reported Monday.

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Joanne Woytek: NASA’s SEWP Contract Saw 40% More Orders in March

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Joanne Woytek, program manager for NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement governmentwide acquisition contract, said there has been an increase in the use of the SEWP contract vehicle for information technology services during the coronavirus pandemic, Federal News Network reported Friday

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FBI, Secret Service Team Up to Address Illegal Activities Amid Pandemic

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The FBI and the U.S. Secret Service have partnered in efforts to safeguard people in the country against fraudulent schemes and other crimes during the COVID-19 crisis. "We are working aggressively to enforce the law and are devoting unprecedented resources to pursuing those who seek to undermine the nation’s response effort," Michael D’Ambrosio -- assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service's investigations office -- and Terry Wade -- executive assistant director of the FBI's criminal, cyber, response and services branch -- said in a joint statement published Wednesday.

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