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EM’s Weekly Roundup: ManTech’s Kevin Phillips Talks Minerva Engineering Acquisition, William Bookless Named Acting NNSA Administrator; ODNI Appoints Steve Vanech; Pamela Powers Discusses VA EHR System Deployment; DoD, Navy Zero-Trust Efforts


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William BooklessWilliam Bookless Named Acting NNSA Administrator

William Bookless, principal deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), assumed the role of acting administrator of NNSA after Lisa Gordon-Hagerty stepped down from the post. NNSA said Friday Gordon-Hagerty, who received Senate confirmation in February 2018 to serve as head of NNSA, also resigned as undersecretary of energy for nuclear security.

EHR System DeploymentVA Officials Share Insights on Initial Cerner EHR System Deployment; Pamela Powers, Dominic Cussatt Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented Cerner’s electronic health record system at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, in October and VA officials said the initial go-live went smoothly. “Today I’m happy to report that the first installment of this new system went extremely well,” Pamela Powers.

ODNIODNI Appoints Steve Vanech as Deputy Director of National Counterterrorism Center

Steve Vanech, formerly director of intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center, has been named deputy director of NCTC. Vanech will fill in for NCTC director Chris Miller, who has been appointed to serve as acting secretary of the Department of Defense. Vanech brings 15 years of experience in counterterrorism activities to his new role.

Christopher Miller Acting Secretary DoD

Hon. Christopher Miller Assumes Role as Acting Secretary of Defense; Donald Trump Quoted

President Trump announced on Monday that Hon. Christopher C. Miller, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will assume the role of acting secretary of defense. “I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller… will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,” President Trump said.

Marc MancherDeloitte, Cisco Help Agencies Automate Call Center Ops; Marc Mancher, Omar Tawakol Quoted

Deloitte and Cisco have offered next-generation contact center technologies to help agencies address the surge in demand for government services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Rethinking the customer experience and integrating automation… should be part of the long-term solution for every government,” said Marc Mancher.

Monica McEwen Public Sector VP ThoughtSpotExecutive Spotlight: Monica McEwen, VP of Public Sector at ThoughtSpot

Monica McEwen, vice president of Public Sector at ThoughtSpot, the leader in search and AI-driven analytics, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding how technology has shifted the ways organizations collect, analyze, and act on data, common challenges within the commercial and federal sectors.

Vince VlashoAFS Wins $90M Contract to Support USAF ERP Capabilities; Vince Vlasho, Susan Lawrence Quoted

An Accenture subsidiary, Accenture Federal Services (AFS), has been awarded a $90 million Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Initiative+ (MROi+) contract to help the U.S. Air Force develop an integrated capability for planning, scheduling and conducting depot maintenance, the company reported on Tuesday.

Jane BishopNorthrop Grumman Delivers 5th NATO RQ-4D Phoenix; Jane Bishop Quoted

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the fifth NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft with a non-stop transatlantic flight, the company reported on Thursday. The aircraft departed on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from Palmdale, California and landed approximately 20 hours later on Nov. 12th.

zero trustNavy, DoD Senior Leaders Talk Accelerating Zero-Trust Efforts to Support Telework Needs; Brandon Iske Quoted

Officials from the U.S. Navy and two DoD units have said that the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting need for telework drove a renewed push for zero-trust implementation. Christopher Cleary said the service faced challenges in deploying normal security architectures such as virtual private networks to support its teleworking staff.

Kevin Phillips CEO ManTechManTech Buys Minerva Engineering in Cyber Market Push; Kevin Phillips Quoted

ManTech International has acquired Minerva Engineering, a provider of cyber support services to the intelligence community market, for an undisclosed sum. “The addition of Minerva Engineering… further builds upon our differentiated cyber offering,” said Kevin Phillips, ManTech chairman, CEO and president and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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