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Ajit Pai Planning to Revise FCC’s Smallsat Application Procedures

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said that he seeks to simplify the approval process for satellites below 400 pounds during a Chamber of Commerce event, FCW reported Tuesday. Pai noted that small satellites have the potential to expand broadband access to underserved areas and that the streamlined application process will promote better spectrum use while also mitigating radiofrequency interference.

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NIST Releases Risk Management Guide for Internet of Things Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Computer Security Resource Center released a publication on internet of things risk management. The document, entitled "Considerations for Managing IoT Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks," is intended to help federal employees understand and handle IoT risks affecting privacy and cybersecurity across a device's life cycle, the agency said.

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Sen. Josh Hawley Intros 2019 China Tech Transfer Control Act

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced a bill to exert more control on U.S. exports to China and admonish the latter for trade practices intended to exploit American technology. Hawley’s office said in a statement published Tuesday that the 2019 China Technology Transfer Control Act intends to prevent China from acquiring U.S. intellectual property to develop its military capabilities. 

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Ellen Lord Says Defense Will Issue New Cybersecurity Standards for Contractors

Ellen Lord, the undersecretary for acquisition and logistics at the Pentagon, said officials plan to issue new cyber security standards for the industry to follow when competing for defense contracts, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The Department of Defense is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to create metrics on minimum cyber security practices.

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NIST Issues Revised Guidance on Email Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its revised guidelines on federal email security in an effort to provide agencies with updates on cyber security. The document helps agencies reduce the risk of email being used as an attack vector and to avoid the risk of content leaks to unauthorized parties.

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Report: DoD Lacks Data on Effective Use of Other Transaction Authority

There is a lack of reliable data from the Pentagon to prove that the agency’s use of Other Transaction Authority to escalate development and acquisition of new technologies is effective, according to a new congressional analysis. The Congressional Research Service released its assessment report on Friday highlighting a “questionable reliability” of available data from the Department of Defense on how it manages OTA.

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Pentagon Admits Implementing New Acquisition Reforms Will Be ‘Challenging’

Kevin Fahey, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said the Pentagon expects to face challenges implementing the acquisition reforms suggested by a new panel established by Congress, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. Congress established the Section 809 Panel in 2016 to guide the Department of Defense in the changes to how it buys new technologies. 

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DoD Adding Reform Investments to Budget Request for First Time

Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer at the Pentagon, said the agency’s fiscal year 2020 funding request will include a formal reform budget for the first time, Defense News reported Thursday. She said her office has over 50 reform initiatives focusing on the Office of the Secretary of Defense, fourth estate agencies and military departments. 

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