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JAIC wants to take the lead on acquisitions

Two years since the launch of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, it's finally ready to start moving fast to deliver AI products across the military, according to its director, Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan. But to really maximize any progress, the JAIC should be able to ink its own deals, the general said Thursday during an AFCEA virtual event. Currently the center has to work through the General Services Administration, Defense Innovation Unit and other agencies that have their own acquisition authority to award contracts and work with the private sector. Within the next two years, though, those workarounds are “not going to be fast enough,” Shanahan said, adding that there is support on Capitol Hill for expanding JAIC's contracting authority. Jackson Barnett has more from Shanahan.

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A question of life and death

The federal government is often faced with tough regulatory choices that could be a matter of life and death for some Americans. Reopening the country amid the coronavirus pandemic is one of those choices in which the nation's leaders must balance the potential of additional lives lost with the economic cost of keeping stay-at-home orders in effect. The latest episode of Gov Actually features legal expert and President Obama's head of regulatory affairs Cass Sunstein to discuss how the White House manages this perilous balancing act. “It’s very normal, and it’s surreal” to weigh the cost of an American life, Sunstein says in the podcast. “The balancing as you say of lives saved against cost happens all the time." Listen now to the new episode.

HHS needs help managing medical supply data

As part of a wide-ranging request for information, a key office at the Department of Health and Human Services says it wants to know if industry can feasibly share information through a “supply chain IT control tower.” The goal is to allow for real-time visibility across the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of medical supplies. The stockpile is a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), which supplements state and local medical supplies when they are low during emergencies. ASPR said it needs technology to track inventory and predict where it will be needed in response the coronavirus pandemic. Dave Nyczepir has the RFI.


How agencies can use data to maximize services while teleworking

Business strategies that integrate the use of aggregated data concerning service availability, employee performance and security will help agencies respond effectively in times of crisis. And as long as the government workforce needs to operate away from the office, agency executives can lean on a data strategy to make informed decisions on mission operations, says a new white paper from Splunk. Read more in the report.

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