Tag Archives: emergency response

GAO Offers Recommendation to OMB Over Contractor Paid Leave Reimbursements

Paid Leave Reimbursement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gather and share lessons learned from agencies’ implementation of section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse contractors for paid leave in order to inform future federal emergency responses.

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Jennifer Granholm: DOE Aims to Elevate Cybersecurity Office

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm, secretary at the Department of Energy, told a Senate committee that DOE wants to elevate the organizational structure of its cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response (CESER) office. She said at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday that the department also looks to equip CESER with first responder platforms and intends to keep career officials in the office leadership.

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National Guard Uses Verizon Tech at Annual Emergency Response Drill


The National Guard Bureau enlisted the help of Verizon to deploy more than 100 communication systems for an ongoing first responder training exercise at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. The company said Tuesday that its response team is using the Verizon Frontline mobile network and technology to provide on-demand communications support to soldiers and aircrews participating in the National Guard's weeklong PATRIOT 21 event.

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NIST Unveils Prototype Tech for Integrating Broadband Into Public Safety Communications Systems

Public Safety

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a prototype system designed to integrate broadband communications technology with aging emergency response radios. NIST said Monday that the prototype is intended to help older Land Mobile Radio towers and handsets benefit from wireless Long-Term Evolution capabilities including voice, video, text, instant messaging and other data-related features.

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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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DHS Posts RFI on Human-Portable Repeaters; Hasan Shahid Quoted


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a request for information to seek inputs on human-portable repeaters that can work on indoor and subterranean environments. The radio repeater must weigh under 50 pounds to qualify as human-portable and allow various configurations to adapt to indoor and underground emergency response operations.

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

Theresa Hull

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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