Posts from GovCon Daily 11/02/2016

Dell EMC Survey: Federal IT Execs Single Out Cloud as Govt’s Top Tech Trend

A new survey backed by Dell EMC says 91 percent of federal market information technology leaders consider cloud computing as the top technology trend at their agencies. Dell said Wednesday it commissioned market research firm Penn Schoen Berland to conduct an online survey of 100 federal IT and business decision makers in May as an extension to the State of IT Trends 2016 study…
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Katrina McFarland Retires as Army Acquisition Chief

Katrina McFarland has retired from her position as assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology at the U.S. Army after a nearly 30-year public sector career, the Army said Tuesday. McFarland oversaw research, development, procurement, life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems over the past nine months…
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Mark Testoni: Natl Kidney Foundation Targets Greater Education, Awareness

Two statistics from the National Kidney Foundation feature the number nine in striking terms that describe the impact of kidney disease in Americans and other figures tell a tale of a veteran population that is particularly at risk…
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NIST Unveils Online Tool to Support Cyber Job Seekers & Employers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has unveiled a new interactive online tool developed to help cybersecurity job seekers find openings as well as assist employers with tasks to identify potential applicants…
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Transcom Chief Darren McDew: Future Threats Could Include ‘Near-Peer’ Nation

U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren McDew, chief of U.S. Transportation Command, has said future conflicts facing the military could include a “near-peer” nation that could match U.S. technology and capacity, DoD News reported Tuesday…
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GWU Report Details Private-Public Sector Cyber Collaboration Ideas

George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security has released a report that includes recommendations on how the U.S. government can participate in cybersecurity efforts and work with private sector companies…
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Beth Cobert, Andrew Mayock: White House Unveils Guidance to Streamline Federal Hiring Process

The White House has released new guidance that seeks to establish best practices to help federal agencies address challenges related to the federal recruitment process. Beth Cobert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday, the guidance sets three objectives to help agencies attract and retain employees and these include the need to promote collaboration among hiring managers, supervisors and human resource specialists, build up workforce planning and recruitment as well as introduce changes to assessment strategies for federal employees…
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Moon Express Unveils Private Funding Program for Lunar Exploration Payloads

Moon Express plans to invest $1.5 million in NASA-selected payloads that will fly to the moon in response to the space agency’s call for lunar instrument concepts that utilize  commercial mission services…
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Army Seeks Industry Ideas for Future Small UAS Power Systems

The U.S. Army has issued a request for information to industry on behalf of the aviation development directorate to solicit ideas on advanced small power systems for future tactical unmanned aerial systems…
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GAO: Civilian Agencies Spent $661M on Federally-Owned Aircraft in FY 2015

The Government Accountability Office has found that civilian agencies spent $661 million to use and maintain federally-owned aircraft in the government’s 2015 fiscal year. GAO said Monday 11 civilian agencies own 924 aircraft as of July 2016 and that figure includes 495 airplanes, 414 helicopters, 14 unmanned aircraft systems and one glider…
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