Tag Archives: disaster relief

Theresa Hull: DoD OIG Report Highlights Contracting-Related Best Practices to Consider During Pandemic

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Theresa Hull, assistant inspector general for audit acquisition, contracting and sustainment at the Department of Defense’s office of IG, said a special report released by OIG highlights best practices and lessons learned from past emergency response efforts that DoD contracting officials should consider during the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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DoD, Singaporean Gov’t Launch AI Implementation Effort for Disaster Response

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The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center has partnered with a Singaporean agency for defense science and technology to promote the use of AI for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Asia-Pacific region. The Pentagon said Thursday that both government units held a recent technology exchange to announce their intent to collaborate to improve crisis response and reduce time allocated for search and discovery through AI technology.

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SBA, Visa Seek Disaster Recovery Apps via Small Business Week Hackathon

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The Small Business Administration and Visa will hold a three-day hackathon that aims to encourage entrepreneurs and designers to develop applications and other platforms meant to help small businesses recover from natural disasters, FedScoop reported Monday. Participants will have access to the Visa Developer Platform and the U.S. government’s application programming interfaces to develop their apps as part of the Small Business Week hackathon that will kick off Friday, May 3, in Washington, D.C.

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Senate Bill to Grant Air Force $1.1B for Post-Disaster Projects

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Up to $1.1B in funding has been allocated to the U.S. Air Force in a new Senate bill intending to help the government in disaster-relief efforts, Air Force Magazine reported Wednesday. The Air Force budget is part of the $13.6B government-wide funding package to address the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires, among other natural disasters.

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CBO: Fiscal 2017 Appropriation Actions Will Not Result in Sequestration

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The Congressional Budget Office has said sequestration is not necessary for fiscal 2017 since appropriations for both defense and nondefense programs do not go beyond the caps on discretionary budget authority. CBO said in an August report that fiscal 2017 appropriations for defense programs based on the Office of Management and Budget …

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