Tag Archives: Department of State

Senate Confirms Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

The Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken, former deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration, to lead the State Department in a 78-22 vote on Tuesday, The New York Times reported. During his confirmation hearing, Blinken said he plans to review U.S. policy toward North Korea and take a tougher approach to Russia and China. 

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Stuart McGuigan: State Department Increases Agility, Centralized Tech Infrastructure

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer at the Department of State, stated that the department has become more agile today than when he arrived in 2018. Since joining the State Department, McGuigan has worked to streamline the Authorization to Operate process to increase efficiency. “We have been pushing for is software-as-a-service,” McGuigan said. 

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Smartronix Acquires Datastrong to Expand Technology Solutions

Smartronix

Smartronix has acquired Datastrong, a technology solution provider focused on data architecture, design and business analytics. Datastrong offers advanced technology solutions to both commercial and federal customers, and will operate as a division of Smartronix’s Cloud Solutions business unit. “Our acquisition of Datastrong represents an important step forward in expanding the suite of offerings Smartronix can deliver to clients via the cloud," said Smartronix CEO Peter LaMontagne.

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Mike Pompeo OKs State Department’s Cyberspace Security and Emerging Tech Bureau

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo, secretary of the Department of State, has approved plans to establish a bureau aimed at ensuring the security of U.S. emerging technologies and cyberspace capabilities. The Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies will spearhead U.S. efforts to foster international partnerships and drive the discussion on technology and cyber policy issues.

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Constellis’ Triple Canopy Wins Spot on $15B WPS III Contract; Tim Reardon Quoted

Tim Reardon, CEO of Constellis and 2020 Wash100 Award Winner

The Department of State has awarded Triple Canopy, a Constellis company, a position on the ten-year, potential $15 billion indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) WPS III multiple award contract. Work is scheduled to start in February 2021. “We are truly honored to be selected by the Department of State to help secure their vital missions overseas for the next decade," said Tim Reardon, CEO of Constellis and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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State Department Advances Enterprise Data Management; Janice deGarmo Quoted

Janice deGarmo

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has worked to quickly improve different arms of the State Department that were redundant and gathered the same COVID-19 data, when the process could be streamlined with advanced technologies and policies. The department has made recent efforts to simultaneously improve its software for collecting and storing data and its governance of the process.

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Guidehouse Wins Contract to Provide Identity Management System for DOS; Scott McIntyre, John Hunt Quoted

Scott McIntyre

Guidehouse has been awarded a ten-year contract with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to create an innovative Identity Management System and Credential Management System (IDMS) solution. “As a long-standing partner and trusted advisor to the DOS, we are honored to lead this important effort for the agency,” said Scott McIntyre, CEO of Guidehouse and winner of the 2020 Wash100 Award Popular Vote.

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