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The Food and Drug Administration is reversing a decision to award a no-bid $4.2 million grant to a policy center at Duke University headed by former FDA commissioner and current paid board member for Johnson & Johnson Mark McClellan.

McClellan served as FDA commissioner under President George W. Bush. The current commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, served as his senior adviser.
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Looking at the ways it could potentially transform its primary contract vehicles to make it easier for federal leaders to buy and contractors to enter the market.

GSA will look to buy commercial solutions where appropriate while leveraging — and in some cases re-skilling — its contract workforce to drive more collaboration with contractors.
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This sole source, non-competitive, contract award to CERNER, a commercial firm in lieu of in-house systems development is a major change in approach from past efforts that have cost billions and led to shut downs and start overs.

Having seen these types of government systems management challenges from the inside for over 4 decades I find myself sincerely doubting that both the scope and the price tag are final.
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To make sense of Mueller, you have to revisit some of the bloodiest battles of Vietnam.

“Although seriously wounded during the fire­fight, he resolutely maintained his position and, ably directing the fire of his platoon, was instrumental in defeating the North Vietnamese Army force,” reads the Navy Commendation that Mueller received for his action that day.
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Overhauls outside medical care options for Department of Veterans Affairs patients, expands stipends for veteran caregivers and launches a review of the bureaucracy’s national footprint.

Despite the cost of the plan, the measure easily passed the chamber by a vote of 347-70 and has the blessing of the White House. It’s expected to move quickly through the Senate.
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In early April the New York Times reported 3,100 Google employees signed a letter asking the company to pull out of a DoD program called Project Maven.

In short, that program would use Google’s artificial intelligence to help identify objects in drone video. Eventually, those objects could become targets. Google employees objected to this collaboration and that their talents were used as a weapon of war.
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The USDA was selected to be the “lighthouse” agency for the rollout of all five CoE teams, but future projects could focus on agencies using individual teams.

Those teams are paired with contractors, as well as personnel at target agencies, to carry out IT modernization projects based on their skill sets.
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As the agency with the largest budget, the Defense Department continues to make shaky progress in the governmentwide push to reduce improper payments, the Pentagon’s inspector general reported on Friday.

The watchdog’s required annual review of fiscal 2017 estimates of significant improper payments showed that the department had complied with only two of six requirements under the 2010 Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act and related Office of Management and Budget guidance.
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6 Predictions On How A New Strategy Could Change What The Pentagon Buys

Updated version of a Pentagon document called the National Defense Strategy. A rich portrait of modern warfare.
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