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Acting FAS chief becomes permanent

The General Services Administration has selected its next chief of acquisition. Julie Dunne, who's been serving in the role in an acting capacity since Alan Thomas resigned last October, will officially take over as commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service. “I’m pleased to lead the FAS team as we continue to drive progress on a number of acquisition reform and IT modernization efforts — all with the goal of helping our customer agencies advance their missions and save taxpayer dollars,” Dunne said in a statement. GSA also named Tom Howder the deputy commissioner of FAS. He’s been serving in an acting capacity since November 2018. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has the scoop.

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The Army wants to see through walls

The Army wants Superman-like X-ray vision. The service issued a request for information soliciting white papers on portable technology that will be able to “detect, identify, and monitor persons, animals, and materials behind multi-leveled obstruction(s) from a long standoff range.” According to the solicitation, the ideal solution would use machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve its powers. Jackson Barnett takes you inside the RFI.

Navy No. 1 stresses improved IT, cybersecurity on ships in Navy of the future

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is working on a plan to bring the service's fleet of ships up from roughly 290 to 355. He said Wednesday that IT and cybersecurity will play a big role in building out that future force, particularly in the Pacific, where the U.S. faces its biggest competitor in China. A new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis report backs this thought, insisting that the Navy will need improved communications technology and other new cyber capabilities as adversaries grow stronger if it hopes to increase its size and stay dominant while afloat. Jackson's got this one too.

The biggest challenges in American government

Gov Actually kicks off 2020 with an episode focused on the biggest issues facing public administration in the United States. Hosts Dan Tangherlini and Danny Werfel bring Terry Gerton, president of the National Academy of Public Administration, on the podcast to discuss the academy's Grand Challenges — an agenda of the biggest issues facing American government today, which includes things like social equity, election security, water safety and sustainability, and the adoption of artificial intelligence. Listen to the new episode.

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