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Navy reorganizes PEO EIS

By sometime in August, the Navy office that handles enterprise services acquisitions will be fully split into two entities: one just for digital and IT acquisitions, and another for "manpower, logistics and business solutions" applications. The current PEO head of enterprise information systems, Ruth Lew, will lead the new digital office while the manpower, logistics and business solutions office will be run by Les Hubbard. The goal is to "realize the vision of digital transformation and to optimize program alignment across the Navy and Marine Corps capability portfolios," according to a Navy memo. Jackson Barnett explains the change.

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IT investment can lock-in TIC 3.0 gains

The spike in federal telework has been a boon for efforts to implement the new Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 guidelines from the White House, but industry experts say that agencies should think about the IT investments required to lock-in that progress for the long term. “Eventually the pilots have to prove out and be capable of also passing along threat data to [the Department of Homeland Security] and others to consume,” says Zain Ahmed, vice president of civilian and law enforcement sales at CenturyLink,. “So you can’t have one without the other.” Cloud providers must be able to send telemetry data to the National Cybersecurity Protection System’s EINSTEIN team within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, according to the interim guidance. Dave Nyczepir has more.

Help keep the machines running

The benefits of preventative maintenance are clear, but it's not always easy to decide when and how to do it, especially for complex warfighting machines. Under a recent request for information, the military's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is asking for help in collecting and better analyzing data that feeds its "predictive maintenance" initiative. In particular, the center is seeking input on collecting “holistic” historical data about aircraft to feed into algorithms that will pinpoint when the vehicles will need to be taken offline for maintenance. Currently, the JAIC has marked H-60 helicopters with T700 engines as “pathfinders” in the program. Jackson has more about what the JAIC wants.

GDIT wins a machine-learning contract at USPTO

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has turned to General Dynamics Information Technology for technology to improve intellectual property registration by using machine learning, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. The $50 million contract is through USPTO's Intelligent Automation and Innovation Support Services blanket purchase agreement. Tools USPTO plans to pilot under the contract will expedite patent and trademark applications and requests, predict fraudulent transactions and reduce backlogs — cutting costs in the process. Dave takes a look at the contract.


Short-term steps for agencies to execute zero-trust strategies

As agency network connections grow more complex – and the number of distributed applications and remote users expands – zero-trust strategies will be critical to keep systems and users secure. IT veteran Jim Richberg discusses an operating principle that is intended to address “the inadequacy of a network perimeter-based approach to cybersecurity” and the ability for intruders to gain “horizontally ‘flat’ access once you are inside the network.” Listen to the conversation.

Inside HHS's contracts with Palantir

A few weeks ago, FedScoop broke the news about the HHS Protect program — a health insight platform, developed to inform COVID-19 response efforts, that pulls data from federal agencies, all 50 states, health care facilities and academia with contributions from private industry. Now, we have more details on the Department of Health and Human Services' acquisition of the system. According to procurement documents, the department awarded Palantir two contracts worth $24.9 million without competition, citing “unusual and compelling urgency” of the coronavirus as its justification. Dave had the scoop.

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