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Recent DoD IG Audit Reveals Lack of Software Rationalization in Branches

The Department of Defense's inspector general released the audit results to determine how the U.S. NavyU.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force rationalize software and manage obsolete and duplicate applications. The audit found the three service branches did not consistently handle software rationalization. However, the USMC and Navy observed processes to prevent software duplication, the inspector general said Dec. 13th in a report.

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FAA Adds $205M in Grants for Airport Infrastructure Efforts

The Federal Aviation Administration is investing $205M in grants to support infrastructure projects at small airports across 34 states, with a focus on rural areas. Initial funds would support runway reconstruction and facility maintenance efforts at 37 airports, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

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Retired Navy Leader Joseph Maguire Confirmed National Counterterrorism Center Director; Dan Coats Quoted

Joseph Maguire, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, was appointed to serve as the National Counterterrorism Center's new director. He has led all levels of the Naval Special Warfare Command in his 36 years of service with the branch, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' office said Wednesday.

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SEC Appoints Daniel Kahl Deputy Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

Daniel Kahl, chief counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, will assume an additional role as the office's deputy director. He joins Kristin Snyder, OCIE's current deputy director, in overseeing the office's strategic efforts, the agency said Tuesday.

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DOE Announces Second Wave of Small Business R&D Funds

The Department of Energy announced $37M available in funding to support small business innovation research and small business technology transfer efforts. This is the second SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announced for fiscal 2019 that finances multiple small business-led research and development efforts in support of nine DOE offices, the department said.

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John Edwards: CIA Should Update Tech Platforms to Expedite Data Collection, Analysis

John Edwards, chief information officer at the CIA, has said the agency should update its technology platforms and optimize its workforce to accelerate data collection and generate insights from gathered information, FedTech Magazine published Tuesday. “Increasing the edge over our adversaries, our operational advantage will be determined by the speed at which we sense, collect, ingest, condition, analyze and characterize data of the representative threat,” he said in his speech at the FedScoop Public Sector Innovation Summit held Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.

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GAO: OMB, DHS Should Help Agencies Work on Intrusion Detection Capabilities

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security help federal agencies build up their capabilities to detect and prevent intrusions and other cyber threats. Inspectors general at 23 civilian agencies covered under the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 assessed the data security programs of their organizations using performance measures related to five security functions and reported that 17 of those agencies did not effectively implement those programs, GAO said Tuesday.
 

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Trump Orders Formation of US Space Command

President Donald Trump issued Tuesday a memorandum that orders the establishment of a unified combatant command that would focus on space. Trump directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to nominate commander and deputy chiefs for U.S. Space Command, according to a White House memo published Tuesday.

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Navy Forms Logistics Squadron Assigned to CMV-22B Aircraft

The U.S. Navy has established a new squadron to handle the CMV-22B Osprey , a tiltrotor aircraft that provides logistics support across the service branch. The new Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron or VRM-30 would use the new aircraft designed for increased range, larger cargo, quicker loading/unloading, boosted communications and higher survivability compared to the previous C-2A model, the Navy said Monday.

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USMC Hosting Industry Event for Tactical Systems

The U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity is prepared to inform stakeholders on its goals and efforts during an upcoming industry event. MCTSSA said Thursday it will host its event, titled Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry, on Feb. 6, 2019 in Cap Pendleton, Calif. During the event, MCTSSA subject matter experts and leaders will brief participants on the service branch's goals, challenges and potential contracting opportunities. The technical briefs will cover a variety of topics including cybersecurity testing, cloud computing, wireless technology and systems engineering.

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