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HUD Awards Accenture Federal $127M BPA to Modernize Ginnie Mae’s Securitization Platform; Elaine Beeman Quoted

Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has received a $127 million blanket purchase agreement (BPA) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide information technology (IT) software development services for Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), the company announced on Wednesday

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USAF Pilots New Justice Information System

The U.S. Air Force's security arm has initiated the service branch's new justice information system to spread awareness of factors that threaten the USAF community's safety. USAF said Thursday it produced the AF Justice Information System that reports progressive criminal data to security forces.

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White House Memo Unveils R&D Budget Priorities for FY 2021

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy have issued a memorandum directing federal agencies to focus on five research-and-development priorities as they draft their proposed budgets for fiscal year 2021.

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DoD Inspector General Audits Contractor Networks, Systems

The Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General released the results of an audit that sought to confirm contractors' capacity to secure controlled unclassified information on their respective systems and networks.

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DHS S&T Holds Meeting with 5 Research and Development Council, Int’l Partners

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate met with New York City's 5 Research and Development Council to review research, development, test and evaluation initiatives in public safety and security.  5RD Council members also visited DHS S&T's National Urban Security Technology Laboratory and were lectured on the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act, the agency said Thursday

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OMB Issues Federal Cloud Computing Strategy; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget released the final Cloud Smart strategy on Monday to help federal agencies accelerate the adoption of cloud platforms. The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy retains the proposed programs and measures stated in the draft strategy issued in September and calls for agencies to rationalize their application portfolios to facilitate cloud adoption.

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US Representatives Launch Academic Research Security Bill; Jim Langevin Quoted

Representatives Jim Langevin, Frank Lucas, Anthony Gonzalez, Elise Stefanik and Mikie Sherrill unveiled a bipartisan legislation that seeks to protect academic research from foreign espionage. The Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019 will require the director of the Office of Science and Technology and Policy to create an interagency committee to assess security functions for funded research efforts and build a protocol to respond to security concerns, the office of Jim Langevin said Thursday.

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DHS Honored for Immersive Surveillance System

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate received an award in recognition of a certain government-funded surveillance system. DHS said Tuesday that it garnered the R&D 100 Award for the Immersive Imaging System, a situational awareness tool designed to provide 360-degree surveillance coverage with high-resolution imagery.

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FedRAMP Sees Progress With Tailored Authorization

Two years after the launch of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s Tailored baseline for low-impact software-as-a-service, 25 percent of participating agencies secured authorization for their cloud services. FedRAMP announced Thursday that 11 cloud services were implemented with the authorization. 

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