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Defense Digital Service expands drone portfolio

The Pentagon's digital services unit is expanding its counter-drone portfolio. The Defense Digital Service is taking over ownership of Rogue Squadron, a Defense Innovation Unit team based on the West Coast that develops hardware and software for small drones and counter-drone missions. It will deepen the group’s expertise in the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) and counter-UAS technology and lead to the opening of a DDS West office. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has the scoop.

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Is VA still using equipment from banned Chinese companies?

Lawmakers are concerned that the Department of Veterans Affairs supply chain still has equipment from banned Chinese companies. Now the VA is taking a second look for any blacklisted Chinese equipment still lurking on its networks after lawmakers expressed concern Wednesday that the department may still be linked to companies banned by the U.S. government. VA CISO Paul Cunningham testified Wednesday on VA's use of equipment from companies like Huawei, ZTE and others. Jackson Barnett was at the hearing.

Users aren't happy with beta.sam.gov

Users aren't happy with the General Services Administration's new public federal contracting portal beta.sam.gov. The Professional Services Council — which includes members like Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems and Microsoft — sent a letter to the General Services Administration recommending improvements to the website. The trade association's members are most concerned with things like hangups in saving user authentication, problems with creating and saving automatic searches, irrelevant email updates and issues with the site design and its mobile display. Dave Nyczepir has more.

Blockchain for the census?

Could blockchain be the solution for the 2030 census? The 2020 tally isn't really even underway yet, but one lawmaker is looking ahead, hoping that the distributed ledger technology could help with some of the typical woes with the decennial count. “I know that blockchain is used extensively on databases and registries in other countries,” Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass, said Wednesday during a hearing on the 2020 census. “Are we looking at anything like that where we can use a more secure system, a distributed system, one that is less vulnerable in terms of where the census is going?” Tajha watched that hearing.

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