Posts from GovConDaily for 10/17/2017

VA Presents Draft Proposal for Replacement of Veteran Care Access Rules

The Department of Veterans Affairs has presented a draft proposal to the House and Senate veterans affairs committees of a potential legislation that seeks to build on veterans’ access to healthcare services…
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Former Commerce Sec Penny Pritzker Nominated to Microsoft Board of Directors

Penny Pritzker, former secretary of the Commerce Department, has been nominated to serve on Microsoft‘s board of directors. The company said Monday Pritzker will be presented for election at its annual meeting for shareholders on Nov…
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Peraton Offers Tech-Based Emergency Response Services Under Army Contract; Stu Shea Comments

Peraton will work to provide technology-based emergency response management services to the U.S. Army through a potential five-year, $480 million, multi-award contract as part of the Deployable Adaptive Global Responder Support program…
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Jonathan Goldberger Joins Unisys as Global Security Business VP

Jonathan Goldberger, formerly director of Cisco Systems‘s advanced security services group, has been named vice president of the global security business at Unisys. Unisys said Tuesday Goldberger will oversee the company’s integrated sales and services efforts for managed security and security consulting service offerings in his new position…
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NIST Develops New Way to Test Body Armor Materials

The National Institute of Standards has formulated a new way to test fibers used in body armor that could help develop lighter materials for future protective apparel. NIST said Monday the new research explores factors that lead to the deterioration of ballistics fibers inside body armor over time…
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DHS Convenes Govt Council for Election Systems Security

The Department of Homeland Security has convened a new government council for election infrastructure security in cooperation with the Election Assistance Commission, the National Association of Secretaries of State and election officials across U…
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State Dept OKs Abrams Tank Hull, Engine Sale to Kuwait

The State Department has approved a potential $29 million foreign military sale of Abrams M1A1 main battle tank hulls and engines to Kuwait. Kuwait asked to procure 218 M1A1 tank hulls with 120-millimeter cannons, AGT-1500 engines and logistics support services for the country’s M1A2 recapitalization effort, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Monday…
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Patrick Friel Receives ExecutiveBiz’s 2017 Top 10 GovCon Executive Recruiter Award

ExecutiveBiz is pleased to name Patrick Friel, Managing Partner at Lochlin Partners, as a recipient of its 2017 Top 10 GovCon Executive Recruiters Award. For almost 20 years, Friel has provided executive search and leadership advisory services to a broad range of clients…
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Octo Consulting Secures HHS IT Program Mgmt Support Contract

Octo Consulting Group has received a potential five-year, $11.1 million contract to help the Department of Health and Human Services manage information technology programs and systems. The company said Tuesday it will provide administrative, program and vendor management services to HHS’s IT strategy, policy and governance office as part of efforts to help the department address IT challenges…
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Navy to Solicit Guided Missile Frigate Concept Proposals

The U.S. Navy plans to issue a request for proposals in November for design development activities in support of the service branch’s future guided missile frigates. A presolicitation notice posted Monday on FedBizOpps stated that the Navy looks to award multiple contracts through an open and competitive solicitation for the conceptual design of the FFG(X) ships…
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Roger Krone Shares Insights on Leidos-Lockheed IS&GS Merger at NVTC Titans Event

Roger Krone, chairman and CEO of Leidos, talked about the Reston, Virginia-based government information technology services contractor’s merger with Lockheed Martin’s information systems and global services business at the Titans breakfast event held Friday in Tysons Corner, Virginia…
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ONC to Host Server Vulnerability Discovery Challenge

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has introduced a prize competition that aims to determine potential vulnerabilities from the implementation of open source Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources servers…
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DHS Issues New Email, Website Security Directive for Federal Agencies

The Department of Homeland Security has released a new directive that seeks to help federal agencies protect emails and websites from cyber threats through the adoption of security protocols. DHS will direct federal agencies to deploy the Domain-Based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance – DMARC – protocol within the next 90 days under the new binding operational directive in order to prohibit the potential use of government email domains by phishers and scammers in cyber attacks, the Global Cyber Alliance said Monday…
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VIDEO: Sighting in | Marine Scout Sniper

One man can change the world with one round in the right place. U.S. Marines with Regimental Surveillance and Target Acquisition Company, 1st Marine Division, talk about the life as a Marine Scout Sniper…
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