PSC Announces Approval of FY21 Continuing Resolution; David Berteau Quoted

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has announced its approval for the recent passage of FY21 Continuing Resolution by the U.S. Senate, PSC reported on Wednesday. The Council has also urged President Trump to sign the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act,” which would fund the government through Dec. 11th, 2020. 

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Iron Bow Wins OMNIA Support Contract to Extend Cybersecurity Solutions; Bill Saltenberger Quoted

Iron Bow Technologies has been awarded a Region 4 Education Services Center (ESC) contract, effective Oct. 1, 2020, for cybersecurity solutions, associated products and services through OMNIA Partners, the company reported on Thursday. The contract will be available through Sept. 30, 2023, with an option to be renewed annually for an additional two years.

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Greenhouse Consulting Names Jay Jones as Managing Director; Bill Rossello Quoted

Greenhouse Consulting has appointed Jay Jones as managing director. Jones has nearly three decades of sales, business development, capture management and marketing experience in complex consulting and service environments. Jones served as vice president for business development, strategic partnership and planning, capture management and marketing for the Health and Civilian Solutions Division at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT).

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DoD’s Joint Acquisition Task Force to Become Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell; Hon. Ellen Lord Quoted

The Joint Acquisition Task Force established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help coordinate the delivery of acquisition support to other agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic will be called the Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell and will operate under the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell starting next year, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

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Karen Evans: DHS Consolidates Network, Security Operations Centers

Karen Evans, chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said DHS is merging its security and network operations centers to keep systems operational as analysts respond and investigate a cyber incident. She said DHS is considering ways how to staff the newly formed network operations security center with federal and contract employees. 

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Dana Deasy: DoD’s CIO Office Helping Services Branches Prepare for Future JEDI Cloud Migration

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said his office has begun working with service branches to help them prepare for their future transition to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud. DoD reaffirmed its decision to award the JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft in early September. 

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U.S. State Dept, Greece Partner for Joint S&T Pursuits

The U.S. and Greece have signed an agreement to jointly explore science and technology opportunities while protecting the intellectual property rights of inventors and researchers. Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, and Adonis Georgiadis, development and investments minister of Greece, signed the U.S.-Greece S&T Agreement at a ceremony held Monday.

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Army Eyes Contract Awards for Virtual Training Systems Modernization Through FY 2022; MG Maria Gervais Quoted

The U.S. Army has continued its efforts to establish requirements and identify potential commercial sources for the service branch’s virtual training programs. The Army’s Combined Arms Center – Training (CAC-T) component is conducting a study on modernizing the service’s live training systems to inform requirements for projects slated for fiscal years 2023 through 2027, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday.

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GAO Issues Report on Best Practices, Challenges in Agile Software Dev’t

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the federal government should consider implementing Agile software development practices to encourage early customer input and other organizational benefits. GAO said in the report published Tuesday that its Agile Assessment Guide outlines best practices for the software development concept including dynamic, team-based operations and requirements prioritization.

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DHS Taps Two Companies for Network Modeling Tech Dev’t

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded SecureLogix and Achilles Heel Technologies a total of $1.96 million in funds through Phase II of the Small Business Innovation Research program to build technologies that will support dynamic network modeling capabilities for emergency communication and risk management networks. SecureLogix will continue the development of a modeling tool that will assist 911 decision makers.

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