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Attorney Cheryl Behymer looks at a piece of President Trump's budget that had been rumored, but is now official: The proposed merger of the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contracting Compliance Programs and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The former would be subsumed under the latter. Behymer writes the merger does "seem natural, to a certain extent," acknowledging efficiencies that could be achieved.  Full Story:  JD Supra Featured Image Courtesy of Mark
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Boeing has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office over a U.S. Air Force decision to allow L3 Technologies to choose a new plane to replace its EC-130 Compass Call intelligence aircraft. It is an unprecedented decision, according to reports, to allow a defense company to select a plane, rather than government officials. And Boeing sees it as a conflict of interest." The Air Force’s approach is inconsistent with Congress’s direction in the 2017 NDAA and seems to ignore inherent and obvious conflicts of interest," Caroline Hutchinson, a Boeing spokeswoman, said in an email  Wednesday . "We believe that the U.S. Air Force and taxpayer ...
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Venkatapathi "PV" Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal, writes in FCW that the "time for IT acquisition reform is now." Puvvada highlights recent progress, including the House's passage of the MGT Act, as signs the government is ready to move on real reform, as well as the Department of Homeland Security's Procurement Innovation Lab. Puvvada says that IT acquisition reform has to be governmentwide, however, and offers five critical success factors for reforming the system. Full Story:  FCW Featured Image Courtesy
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Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R_OH) have introduced a bill in the Senate to create a pilot "bug bounty" program, that would offer cash rewards to ethical hackers who find vulnerabilities in the Department of Homeland Security's websites. The bill calls for $250,000 for the contest, and follows a similar program run by the Department of Defense. Sensitive and mission-critical systems would be excluded from the program. Full Story:  Nextgov Featured Image Courtesy of
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A bipartisan group of senators, including Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Tom Udall (D-NM), are urging the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to act quickly on the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act. The two wrote an email to the chairman and ranking member of the committee, asking them to mark up the bill and move it to the Senate floor. Full Story:  Nextgov Featured Image Courtesy of Mark
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A new article at JD Supra looks at the changes in cybersecurity regulations for federal contractors. According to the authors, "New rules and regulations (with the imminent promise of more on the way) are setting the stage for Cybersecurity to be the next big government enforcement target under the Civil False Claims Act (which the Department of Justice used to claw back  $4.7 Billion  in recoveries from Federal contractors in FY 2016 alone)." Full Story:  JD Supra Featured Image Courtesy of cristianr
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Capitol Fax , which covers the Illinois state government, looks at what it calls a questionable lease signed by the state, of a large warehouse space, where government IT workers may eventually work. Illinois is currently without a budget, and the reporter wonders why an expensive lease was signed, though Governor Bruce Rauner says it happened because of the procurement process: "We’re blocked on what we can buy and how we can do. Our procurement system is broken. That’s why the procurement reforms we were able to get through the Senate will help make that better. We can save money. Our bureaucratic purchasing process with all the restrictions in it, costs, ...
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General Services Administration acting Administrator Tim Horne testified at a House Appropriations Committee hearing yesterday, saying the centralized fund to pay for IT systems upgrades recommended in the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act is a start, but not enough. Horne said the initial fund “could prove the concept is the right idea to have this board of technology experts chaired by the federal CIO making decisions about return on IT investments.” Full Story:  FCW Featured Image Courtesy of
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