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DoD launches mobile device management training

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The Defense Department is rolling out training for end users and systems administrators on how to operate its new mobile-device management software. Enterprise mobile security firm PaRaBaL is designing, building and delivering the training for all of DoD, said CEO Peter Coddington. “On this contract, our task is to make sure that all the DISA or DoD employees that will use the solution are fully versed and trained,” he said. The small-business firm is a subcontractor to Bethesda, Md., technology company DMI, which was awarded a potential $16 million, three-year contract in June for mobile application store services and an…

DoD awards $750 million intelligence training contract

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Nine companies have been awarded spots on an intelligence training contract worth $750 million over five years, the Defense Department announced today. Out of 24 proposals submitted, nine awards were made on Oct. 26 to: BAE of McLean,Va. Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus,Ohio Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean,Va. Cyberspace Solutions LLC of Reston,Va. Intrepid Solutions Services Inc. of Falls Church,Va. Prescient Edge Corp. of Falls Church,Va. SAIC of McLean,Va. Six 3 Intelligence Solutions of McLean,Va. SRA of Fairfax,Va. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract will expire Nov. 30, 2017, according to the announcement. Work will be performed in Washington DC; Quantico, Va.;…

Combat trauma training practices under scrutiny

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Members of Congress are calling for a federal investigators to look into a defense contractor’s use of animals in training exercises. The group asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate Tier 1 Group for “live tissue training,” which uses animals to train service members on the treatment of combat-related injuries. The Agriculture Department issued a warning to Tier 1 last month after previously citing the company for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act during training exercises in May and last August. The company did not use the right type of anesthesia on live animals during a training exercise and did not properly…

Army wants war video game to train soldiers

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Call it “Halo: Kandahar.” The Army is looking for ideas from the private sector on how to build a “virtual world” for training soldiers. But the requirements the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command outlined in its June 2 request for information don’t sound that different from many popular Playstation or Xbox video games. The Army wants the game to contain highly complex, interactive environments that precisely recreate real-world terrain “on a 1:1 scale,” changing weather conditions, basic physics and collision detection, and realistic vehicles and weapons. And the virtual world should be able to handle 10,000 players and in-game…

FLRA launches partnership training program

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Still a little fuzzy on how these labor-management partnerships are supposed to work? You might want to sign up for new training courses that will be offered in May and June by the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. FLRA and FMCS said yesterday that the two-day training programs are meant to teach federal managers and labor representatives about bargaining rights and obligations. Day One of each session will cover bargaining rights and obligations, including pre-decisional discussions and so-called permissive subjects. Day Two will teach you how to set up and maintain an effective labor-management…

Getting the 411 on cutting energy use

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The Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program is offering free online training sessions to help federal energy and environmental professionals learn the basics about cutting energy consumption in their facilities and operations. The sessions, held the first Thursday of each month, will discuss requirements to report greenhouse gas emissions, install advanced electrical meters on facilities, cut water consumption and make existing buildings more energy efficient, among others. The 90-minute sessions will be offered live via satellite or through streaming video at your desktop. Registrations are now being accepted online. The first session was an overview of the executive order President Obama issued in…

Training program award nominations due Friday

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Does your department have an innovative and successful training program? Has it measurably improved your department’s performance? Then your department might have a shot at a Deming Award. But you’ll have to move fast — the nomination period closes this Friday. The Agriculture Department’s Graduate School awards the W. Edwards Deming Award annually to a federal government organization or a civilian or uniformed branch of the military that has a great training and workforce development program. To qualify, a program must: Have begun no earlier than Feb. 19, 2007 — three years prior to the nomination deadline. Be based on outcomes…