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GAO Adds Small Business Emergency Loans, Drug Misuse to High-Risk List

Drug Misuse

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has added national initiatives to respond to, recover from and prevent drug misuse and emergency loans for small businesses to its “high-risk list” or areas in federal operations that require major reforms to reduce waste and address fraud, mismanagement and abuse. The addition of the two new areas to the 2021 list brings the total number of high-risk areas to 36. 

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Defense Innovation Unit Transitioned 11 Commercial Prototypes in 2020

Defense Innovation Unit

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said in its annual report that it launched 23 new projects in 2020, which reflects a year-over-year increase of 35 percent, and transitioned 11 prototypes to Department of Defense partners for large-scale procurement. DIU received 944 commercial proposals and awarded 56 prototype other transaction agreements to companies in 2020, bringing the total number of prototype OTAs issued to 208.

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Army Researchers to Help DARPA Develop Coronavirus Detector; Matthew Coppock Quoted

Hybrid Workforce

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) will help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) compose a bio-aerosol monitor designed to detect the coronavirus. DARPA leads an 18-month effort to develop the monitor based on a combination of different technologies. “ARL’s biodetection technology is a crucial enabler for persistent biosensing in operational environments,” said Matthew Coppock, a chemist and team leader at ARL.

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Connecticut-Based Educator Miguel Cardona Confirmed to Lead Education Department

Miguel Cardona

Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee for leadership over the Department of Education, has received Senate confirmation for the role. Cardona, who most recently was Connecticut's education commissioner, won the Senate's favor to become the secretary of education with a 64-33 vote on Monday. His swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Begin Migration to Maritime Systems Environment

Maritime Systems

Norfolk Naval Shipyard will migrate its applications and data into a new environment April 9th as a part of the efforts to comply with Naval Sea Systems Command's mandate to update corporate platforms. The migration into the Maritime Systems Environment (MSE) will modify all corporate tools into web-based applications while platforms. 

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DLA Uses Robotic Automation to Simplify Supply Chain Activities; Terra Nguyen Quoted

Defense Logistics Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is using robotic process automation to streamline supply chain management activities and reduce employee workload. DLA Information Operations also uses a bot to process purchase requests and leases for thousands of devices, providing the agency's equipment management solutions team more time to perform other billing-related tasks.

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Sonny Hashmi: GSA to Co-Chair COVID-19 Workforce Group

Sonny Hashmi

Sonny Hashmi, commissioner at the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service (GSA FAS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has announced that GSA will serve as co-chair of the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force to help the government address issues brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency is exploring various processes and policies to enhance procurement efforts. 

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SPA Designated a RPO with CMMC-AB; William Vantine Quoted

Dr. William Vantine

Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA) has been designated a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). “SPA’s Registered Practitioners prepared SPA for a successful CMMC assessment, and we are now certified and ready to assist industry partners in this important security effort,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA president and CEO. 

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EY Names Sam Hughes as Tallahassee Office Managing Partner; Julie Boland Quoted

Sam Hughes

Ernst & Young (EY US) has appointed Sam Hughes as managing partner of the company’s Tallahassee Office, effective immediately, EY US reported on Tuesday. Hughes will succeed Ken Thomas, who has held the position since the office opened in 2018 and will retire in summer 2021. Hughes joined EY US nearly two decades ago. 

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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Discusses U.S. Preparedness for ‘AI Era’

Artificial Intelligence

The National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI), composed of experts that are chaired by former Google chief executive officer, Eric Schmidt, released a report that addressed the national posture for the artificial intelligence (AI) era. The report found that the U.S. is underprepared for the AI race, stating that China could potentially replace the U.S. as the world’s “AI superpower.”

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