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Soraya Correa: DHS’ FirstSource III Contract Vehicle to Include ‘Set-Aside’ Tracks

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS will establish a third iteration of the FirstSource information technology contract vehicle with award tracks dedicated to five socioeconomic groups. She wrote in a FedBizOpps notice posted Monday that her team is working with the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer and other department components to determine a timeline for the FirstSource III program.

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Brian Thomas: NASA Eyes AI, Machine Learning Use in Four Categories

Brian Thomas, a data scientist at NASA and program manager for Open Innovation, said the space agency is looking to advance the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in aeronautics, human capital, information technology support and operations, Federal Times reported Friday. Thomas said on Wednesday that NASA plans to use AI and ML technologies to help with antenna positioning operations in order to facilitate contact with satellites during the AI World Government Conference. 

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Marine Corps Looks at Challenges to Use IT-as-a-Service Model

The U.S. Marine Corps raised concerns that challenges that remain to implement a new information technology-as-a-Service contracting model, which will enable the service to move operations to contractors, FedScoop reported Friday. Officials said they intend to utilize the IT model to free up service members from basic commodity operations.

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VA Inspector General Office Audits IT Contract Vehicle; Recommends Strengthened Policy

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General released results of an audit on VA's information technology procurement vehicle. VA OIG said Thursday that it sought to verify the department's compliance with federal regulations in managing the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation or T4NG contract. In addition, the audit worked to determine whether VA's Technology Acquisition Center helped contractors meet requirements and awarded orders with respect to policy.

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Feds Call for Focus on Supply Chain Security Amid Rise of 5G

Federal cybersecurity officials called on U.S. allies to check the security risks of commercial products and services to support the implementation of 5G across their countries, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The growing presence of Chinese equipment, such as Huawei, across the world could put government networks at risk of interference in the future, according to Christopher Krebs, director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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Report: Poor Contract Handling Leads EPA to Pay ‘Unallowable’ Fees

A new watchdog report shows the Environmental Protection Agency overpaid contractors in a $100 million information technology contract due to poor contract management controls. The audit issued Monday by EPA’s office of inspector general reviewed 11 of 64 invoices released between March 2018 and February 2019 through a single task order under the contract with SRA International. The IG said it received a complaint about EPA’s invoices and payments. 

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