Posts from GovConDaily for 03/10/2016

March 10 Market Close: GovCon Index Stumbles After Strong Open, Markets Choppy on Euro Bank Rate Decision & Oil Fall

The GovCon Index tumbled from a positive open and failed to climb back into a gain Thursday with a decline of 0.185 points to 72.857 as markets reacted to the European Central Bank’s series of interest rate and stimulus announcements earlier in the day and lower oil prices…
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NCR Govt Lead Stan Ratcliffe on Self-Service Tech’s 2016 Prospects & The Future of ‘eGov’

NCR Government Systems — the kiosk and ATM machine maker’s federal subsidiary — works to bring the parent company’s self-checkout and check-in technologies to U.S. government agencies seeking to change their transactions and interactions with civilians and other constituents…
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Anne Rung: Agencies Must Establish Labs for Acquisition Innovation

U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung has called on federal agencies to establish laboratories that will help them adopt best practices for buying information technology products and services. She wrote in a blog article published Wednesday an agency Acquisition Innovation Lab must place emphasis on how to manage IT investments and seek input from vendors on digital acquisition tool development programs…
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Russell Granzow: DoD Certifies Philips’ Digital Pathology Tech

A Royal Philips-built digital pathology technology has been certified by the Defense Department as security compliant under the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process. DoD granted Philips a DIACAP certification and an authorization to operate for the company’s IntelliSite platform that is designed to manage pathological workflows, facilitate multisite collaboration among clinicians and secure electronic protected health information, Philips said Thursday…
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Jennifer Walsmith: NSA Eyes Acquisition Innovation Through ‘Skunk Works’ Office, Women-Owned Businesses

Jennifer Walsmith, senior acquisition executive at the National Security Agency, has said NSA has started to establish a “Skunk Works” or rapid innovation office in an effort to introduce novel approaches to its acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday…
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Lockheed Delivers 5th Navy MUOS Satellite Ahead of May Launch

Lockheed Martin has delivered the fifth military communications satellite for the U.S. Navy to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 3 to prepare it for the scheduled May launch. The company said Wednesday the Mobile User Objective System-5 will be the third MUOS spacecraft to launch in a span of 16 months and the final satellite in the Navy’s baseline constellation…
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ViON Awarded Nonprofit, State & Local Govt IT Support Contract; Tom Frana Comments

ViON Corp. has received a three-year contract from the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance to provide information technology platforms and support services to nonprofit and public sector agencies across the U…
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QTS Gets FISMA Authorization for Dallas-Fort Worth Data Center; Oliver Schmidt Comments

QTS has received a government authorization to operate its Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metropolitan region data center in recognition of the company’s compliance with data security requirements set by the Federal Information Security Management Act…
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