NewsBrief: June 7, 2024

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Cost Estimating NewsBrief: June 7, 2024

FAR Compliance: What You Need to Know Before Delivering Goods to the Government

(Executive Gov) The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is the primary set of regulations encompassing all government procurement aspects of executive agencies. It was formed through the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act of 1974, which created a standard for acquiring goods and services for federal agencies in the executive branch. FAR ensures the delivery of top-caliber products and services while maintaining public trust and fulfilling public policy objectives. As stated in section 1.102, the main goals of FAR are to: Read More

National lab official highlights role of government datasets in AI work

(FedScoop) The Department of Energy’s national labs have an especially critical role to play in the advancement of artificial intelligence systems and research into the technology, a top federal official said Tuesday during a Joint Economic Committee hearing on AI and economic growth. Jennifer Gaudioso, director of the Sandia National Laboratory’s Center for Computing Research, emphasized during her testimony the role that DOE’s national labs could have in both accelerating computing capacity and helping support advances in AI technology. Read More

Army develops its approach to electronic warfare

(Federal News Network) The Army has been reexamining its approach to electronic warfare as recent studies and exercises have shown that the service needs a layered approach to EW and that the electromagnetic spectrum should be treated with the same strategic importance as physical terrain in military operations. Over the last year, the service conducted multiple studies examining its cyber and electronic warfare resources and capabilities, including the 120-day study conducted by the Cyber Center of Excellence team, followed by a series of classified studies conducted by Georgia Tech Research Institute. Read More

Using AI to decode dog vocalizations

(Science Daily) Have you ever wished you could understand what your dog is trying to say to you? University of Michigan researchers are exploring the possibilities of AI, developing tools that can identify whether a dog’s bark conveys playfulness or aggression. The same models can also glean other information from animal vocalizations, such as the animal’s age, breed and sex. A collaboration with Mexico’s National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) Institute in Puebla, the study finds that AI models originally trained on human speech can be used as a starting point to train new systems that target animal communication. Read More

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