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In contrast to the White House’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal that would freeze civilian Federal workers’ salaries next year, the House Appropriations Committee is proposing a 3.1 percent increase in those salaries in its Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill. […]

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Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the fiscal year 2020 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) funding bill that would see the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) get a bump in their funding.






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With less than a year until Census Day left, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that the Census Bureau’s critical census IT systems and cybersecurity mitigation and contingency plans are high-concern areas among the 360 active risks for the 2020 Census that GAO identified in a report today.






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Insider threat cybersecurity

The General Services Administration (GSA) faces a number of challenges for FY2019, including improving procurement metrics reporting through the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), and in the area of agency cybersecurity, according to the GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) semiannual report to Congress issued today.






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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) a multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a total value of $49 million over a five-year base period to provide AI technologies through HHS’ Program Support Center.






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NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is extending its deadline to comment on a request for information (RFI) that seeks information on technical standards and other related tools to AI, through June 10, 2019.






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DOJ Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DoJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on Wednesday, May 29, detailing more than 1,000 recommendations from the OIG that that remain outstanding, including significant recommendations related to cybersecurity or IT.






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GSA General Services Administration

The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to reduce the number of special item numbers (SINs) from over 940 to “just over 300” as part of its Multiple Awards Schedule (MAS) consolidation effort, agency officials told industry members during a May 22 webinar.






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The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other Federal, state, local, and private sector organizations will collaborate to test technologies that will improve regional emergency preparedness.






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With the Burning Man Festival bringing nearly 75,000 people to the middle of the Nevada desert on public land for a “temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and self-reliance,” managing the crowd takes a little bit of help – and IT.






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GSA General Services Administration

The General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that Reynold Schweickhardt will step into the role of senior technology advisor at the agency, and will help with GSA’s technology transformation portfolio.






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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) today to gather public input to address potential challenges in making automated driving system-dedicated vehicles (ADS-DVs) compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) crash avoidance requirements.






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Health and Human Services HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has appointed Jose Arrieta CIO.  He was associate deputy secretary of acquisition at HHS.






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General Services Administration GSA

In an effort to improve customer experience (CX) in government, the General Services Administration (GSA) will hold a nationwide, day-long hackathon to gather industry insight about GSA applications.






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