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Questions of Favoritism and Fraud Swirl Around $3M Mask Contract

A former White House aide received a $3 million contract for his 11-day-old company to provide 1 million respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, but hundreds of thousands of the masks are not suitable, Government Executive reports. Indian Health Service (IHS), housed within the Department …… » Read more


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Analytics Tool Helps Track PPE Governmentwide

Sharing information has never been more necessary than during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and one digital analytics platform is helping the Department of Defense (DoD) track critical personal protective equipment (PPE) stock levels and requirements governmentwide. In April, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) began sending daily status …… » Read more

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Legislation Proposes Deep Dive into Quantum Computing

A bill recently introduced in the House aims to study the benefits and risks of quantum computing, MeriTalk reports. The Advancing Quantum Computing Act, introduced by Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA), would require the Department of Commerce to determine how quantum technology impacts U.S. businesses. According to Griffith, the …… » Read more

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Lack of Risk Assessments Jeopardizes Programs

A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report emphasized the importance of conducting program-level risk assessments. OIG’s audit did not begin well: The watchdog requested program-level risk assessments for the 20 highest dollar-value programs in fiscal year (FY) 2018, but EPA could not provide …… » Read more

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