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Marc Raimondi: SolarWinds Cyber Incident Involves Access to DOJ’s Email Environment

Department of Justice

Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the Department of Justice (DOJ), said the DOJ’s office of the chief information officer has stopped the method the threat actor uses to access the department’s Microsoft O365 email environment after learning of the malicious activity related to the SolarWinds cyber incident on Dec. 24th. 

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NIST to Update Facial Recognition Standards Amid Pandemic-Driven Mask Norm

Facial Recognition

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has begun assessments on the use of facial recognition amid the pandemic where individuals usually wear masks that cover up most of the face. NIST is conducting studies on image quality and facial recognition performance when the scanned face is partially covered by a mask.

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NOAA Partners With Nonprofit to Support Ocean Research, Protection


The Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting ocean environments, will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address a range of issues affecting the waters. NOAA said Tuesday it agreed to help the nonprofit study how ocean acidification and climate change affect coasts and oceans.

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NSWC Crane, SOFWERX Hold Industry Challenge for Portable Welding Tech


Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division's (NSWC) mobile technology repair complex and SOFWERX partnered to host an industry challenge that sought to address the U.S. Special Operations Command's current and potential welding needs. SOFWERX MTRC Portable Welder Combat Evaluation event encouraged industry to submit proposals on portable welding technologies that could support special operations forces' missions.

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Adm. Charles Richard: Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Network Works Properly Despite Concerns

Adm. Charles Richard

Adm. Charles Richard, who leads U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and was a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) network is working properly despite concerns about the system's cybersecurity. "There is a very visible endorsement of the importance of NC3 and the steps that we have to go do," Richard said. 

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CGI Acquires HMB’s Professional Services Division to Expand End to End Services


CGI has acquired Harris, Mackessy & Brennan, Inc.’s (HMB) Professional Services Division, a technology consulting and services division for commercial and government clients. CGI will expand its end to end services for clients. “By merging with the global reach and resources of CGI, the result for clients is a powerful combination that is expected to accelerate profitable growth,” said Bernie Mongilio.

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Halter Marine Preps Polar Security Cutter for Construction; Tom Vecchiolla Quoted

Tom Vecchiolla

Halter Marine has announced that it will prepare the Polar Security Cutter (PSC) for construction, following its progression through the detailed design phase. In July 2021, Halter Marine will complete upgrades to the launch way area where the PSC will be constructed. The launch way upgrade project is funded with a  grant from the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).

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Nominations Close for 2021 Wash100 Awards on Jan. 8th

2021 Wash100 Award

Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, will accept your nominations for the upcoming 2021 Wash100 Award until Friday, Jan. 8th. To nominate your favorite executive for this prestigious award, visit the Wash100 website. “It’s been a true privilege bestowing the Wash100 Award,” said Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic

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Joseph Evans: DoD Expects Five ‘Tranche 1’ Bases for 5G Experimentation to Be Operational by Fall

Joseph Evans

Joseph Evans, principal director for 5G within the office of the undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense (DoD), said DoD has made advances in setting up the five “Tranche 1” sites for 5G testing and experimentation efforts and expects those testbeds to be operational by the fall of 2021. 

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House OKs Bill to Codify FedRAMP, Create Federal Cloud Advisory Panel

Codify FedRAMP

The House has passed a bipartisan bill by voice vote that seeks to codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and establish an advisory panel that would coordinate procurement and cybersecurity efforts under the governmentwide cloud computing initiative. GSA found that the number of agencies reusing certified platforms under the program rose 50 percent during fiscal 2020.

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