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MIP Notes from Coffee 6-26-2020

  • 26 Jun 2020 10:00 AM
    Message # 9062053
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    We will NOT publish notes on 3 July.  The next Notes will be sent out on 10 July

    Lee Terrell (TunnelVue), Arnie Regan (Gentleman Farmer), John O’Connor (Oasis)

    The MIP notes are intended for local Montgomery Area Industry and Government Partners.  Recipients may choose to forward.  Any email lists associated with MIP should not be forwarded or shared outside of MIP.

    Format Notes:  The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.

    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         TRICARE Prescriptions Would Be Free During Pandemic Under New Proposal.  (Military.com)  Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would let TRICARE waive prescription drug copayments for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic or other national emergency.  Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) proposed the TRICARE Prescriptions Relief Act bill on June 17 to provide financial help for Active-duty and retiree families experiencing unexpected increases in prescription drug costs during the pandemic.  For further details, see https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/06/18/tricare-prescriptions-would-be-free-during-pandemic-under-new-proposal.html (22 June 2020)
    • ·         NSW Government was Target of Major Cyber Attack Operation Linked to China.  (The Sydney Morning Herald) A wave of sophisticated cyber attacks against the New South Wales government and other critical Australian infrastructure spurred Prime Minister Scott Morrison's warning for the nation to be on guard against more attempted hacks.  Australian security agencies believe China is behind the cyber raids on all levels of government, industry and critical infrastructure including hospitals, local councils and state-owned utilities.  For the full article, go to https://amp-smh-com-au.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nsw-government-was-target-of-major-cyber-attack-operation-linked-to-china-20200619-p554bz.html  (22 June 2020)
    • ·         Pentagon Says It Needs ‘More Time’ Fixing JEDI Contract.  (Nextgov) In updated legal filings, the Defense Department said it will not be in a position to award its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract to either Microsoft or Amazon Web Services until at least Aug. 17.  According to the filing, both Microsoft and Amazon Web Services submitted revised JEDI proposals in May, but they’ll have to revise and submit bids once more because the Pentagon intends to issue another amendment to the JEDI solicitation by June 22.  https://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2020/06/pentagon-says-it-needs-more-time-fixing-jedi-contract/166292/ has further details.  (23 June 2020)
    • ·         Troops Would See 3 Percent Pay Raise, More Child Care and Family Support Programs under House Plan.  (Military Times) Troops would see a 3.0 percent pay raise, more child care options at bases with 24-hour duty shifts, and a new basic needs allowance for low-income military families under a House draft of the annual defense budget policy bill to be released next week.  See https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/06/19/troops-would-see-3-percent-pay-raise-more-child-care-and-family-support-programs-under-house-plan/ for further details.  (23 June 2020)
    • ·         Senate Panel Endorses Air Force’s 2021 Spending Plan.  The Senate Armed Services Committee’s defense spending plan for 2021 would give the Air Force and Space Force largely what they want, with some notable tweaks.  “What this bipartisan bill does is straightforward: care for our troops; preserve peace through strength; and defend this great nation,” Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said.  “Congress has passed [a National Defense Authorization Act] every year for the last 59 years in a row—always on a bipartisan basis.  Now, I look forward to working with my colleagues to make it an even 60 years.”  The full Senate is likely to approve the committee’s version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill in the coming weeks.  (25 June 2020)
    • ·         Fauci: Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Available by End of 2020.  (Vox)  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told Congress June 23 he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the development of a coronavirus vaccine, saying he believes one could be available as soon as the end of this year, or the beginning of 2021.  Fauci’s update came during a House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  For further details, go to https://www.vox.com/2020/6/23/21300563/coronavirus-vaccine-fauci-trump-testimony-house(25 June 2020)
    • ·         HASC Floats Modest Modernization, New Sustainment Jobs.  A year after the House Armed Services Committee passed its fiscal 2020 defense policy bill in an unusually partisan fashion, the panel appears to be taking a step back from major fireworks and aerospace programmatic shifts in its 2021 legislation.  The full committee’s version of the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill remains largely in line with the Air Force’s wish list, while spending less in some areas than senators want.  HASC also wants to create a deputy assistant secretary for sustainment position within the Army, Navy, and Air Force.  (26 June 2020)
    • ·         AFITC Update.  The decision has been made to have the AFITC 2020 as a Virtual Event.  This decision was made due to considerations of continuing travel restrictions, as well as the difficulty in forecasting what the COVID “hot spots” may be in August, both here in Montgomery and elsewhere.  Plans are underway to maintain the agenda as previously announced.  However, the schedule will be spread out across 4 days to accommodate office distractions and other lessons learned from similar virtual conferences.  Just as with a normal AFITC, there will be keynote addresses (many will be live and afford opportunities for Q&A), breakout sessions, as well as “Virtual Vendor Booths.”  Sessions will be recorded and available for up to 2 months after the event, which will make it easier for OCONUS participants to participate on their own schedule and within their own time zone if they so choose.  Formal announcement from SAF/PA is due out shortly.  MC2, the AFITC management contractor, has updated the information for the virtual approach, virtual vendor booths, etc.  On-line attendee registration is scheduled for early July.   Continue to check the website, www.afitc-event.com, for up to date information and continued updates.
    • ·         The call for topic papers has been extended to 3 July to allow for additional submissions for those who could not originally travel and wanted to present.  Presenters will be notified of selection by 15 July.  (26 June 2020)
    • ·         Strategic Transformation Support IDIQ.  The U.S. Air Force has selected eight companies to compete for orders under a potential seven-year, $990M contract to assist the service branch’s deputy leadership in managing and executing enterprise-wide transformation efforts.  Work under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract includes organizational support for the Air Force’s deputy chief management officer as well as the deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Business Transformation, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.  The Air Force received seven bids for the IDIQ contract and will obligate at the time of award $500 for each contract in fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds to satisfy the minimum guarantee.  Contract work is slated to conclude by June 16, 2027.  The awardees are:
    • ·         Accenture (NYSE: ACN)
    • ·         BCG Federal
    • ·         Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH)
    • ·         Deloitte Consulting
    • ·         Digital Mobilizations Inc.
    • ·         Grant Thornton Public Sector
    • ·         KPMG
    • ·         McKinsey & Co.

    See  https://www.govconwire.com/2020/06/8-firms-win-spots-on-potential-990m-air-force-strategic-transformation-support-idiq/

    • ·         TRICARE Select Enrollment Fees in 2021.  (From Military.com)  "Working age" military retirees -- those under age 65 -- who use Tricare Select for their health care will start paying enrollment fees beginning next year, Defense Department officials announced Tuesday.  For the first time since the creation of Tricare Standard, now known as Tricare Select, retired beneficiaries who joined the military before 2018 will pay a monthly fee for their health care: $12.50 for an individual or $25 for a family.  The full article can be found at https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/06/24/pentagon-retirees-plan-now-tricare-select-enrollment-fees-2021.html?fbclid=IwAR3Se5g0OBQHKgjM0Ir6_esZyEOMTdyLP-enu5-des1jK5-n2MygTpYhLLc(26 June 2020)
    • ·         AFITC:  Go to https://www.afitc-event.com/ for updates.  We expect the status (virtual vs physical) to be officially posted on the website next week.  Also, the deadline for submission of papers has been extended.  (19 June 2020)
    • ·         PMI.  The next virtual PMI meeting will be on Thursday July 9, 2020.  The topic for this month’s session is:  Inclusivity and why it’s not ok to just be “tolerant”.  This presentation will provide tools, resources, and ideas to assist project managers in ensuring their team members feel included and engaged.  There is a focus on diversity in the workplace and how Project Managers as leaders can capitalize the differences among them and make for a stronger team with improved collaboration.
    • ·         Mrs. Stephanie Stepney, MA, CPM will be the presenter.  She has over 15 years of project management experience in the healthcare, technology, and financial/banking sectors and nearly a decade of experience providing training and workforce development support to government healthcare entities.  Mrs. Stepney has a knack for resolving team conflict and getting teams thru the storming phase.  She is a natural leader who has the gift of identifying each staff member’s primary talents and bringing out the best in each one.  Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Washington and graduated with a major in Psychology and minor in Human Rights.  She earned her Masters of Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and holds a Certified Public Manager credential.
    • ·         6:00-6:15pm: Check In/Social Chat, 6:15-7:30pm: Program.  Registration will open approximately 1 week before the event. www.pmisouthalabama.org.  (26 June 2020)
    • ·         AFA 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  Registration is now open for the Air Force Association's 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  The theme of the conference is Aerospace Nation: Air, Space & Cyber Forces in the Fight.  This conference is the nation's premier defense and aerospace professional development event, ideal for military, government, industry, and academic professionals interested in aerospace and cyber developments.  September 14-16, 2020, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.  (15 May 2020)

    o   The Air Force Association staff is carefully monitoring and assessing COVID-19 pandemic implications daily.  We are currently planning to host ASC2020 as scheduled. We will contact all registered attendees immediately if the conference status changes, as well as post information on our website.  In the event that AFA must cancel the event, AFA will process full refunds for any confirmed registrations at the time of cancellation, minus any membership payments.

    Visit https://www.afa.org/events/calendar/2020-09-14/air-space-cyber-conference for more information about our conference and technology exposition.

    ·         AFA Golf Tournament.  The annual Montgomery AFA Chapter golf tournament is scheduled for 7 October 2020 at the Arrowhead Country Club.  This will be a best-ball scramble tournament followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.  Please mark your calendars as more information will be out in the near future.  (15 May 2020)


    • ·         Calendar of Events.
    • ·      Until things normalize (and eventually they will!), we will not publish a calendar as we can’t keep up with cancellations and postponements.
    • ·         Positions Available
    • ·      AUM has a need for IS/IT experts who are interested in adjunct teaching positions in the following areas:
    • o   Database Systems
    • o   Database Administration
    • o   SAP System Integration
    • o   SAP Analytics

    For further information, contact Dr. David Ang, AUM College of Business, 334.244.3455, dang@aum.edu


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