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QUICK HITS

  • Fed¬†workforce AI training bill on POTUS’s desk: Feds¬†involved in procuring AI to receive training on the emerging technology‚Äôs capabilities and risks.¬†Read more
  • Why contract award debriefings are no mere formalities: When feds give more in-depth debriefings to losing bidders, the latter can sometimes glean valuable info, in one case leading a successful bid protest. Read more
  • Get ready! DHA prepping $2.4B IT procurement: DHA in final prep for a $2.4B small business IT contract vehicle, the Military Health System Enterprise IT Services Geographic Service Provider contract.¬†Read more
  • Contractors being suspended from GSA Advantage. If your combined shipped / back ordered scores are¬†50% or below¬†and you have¬†11 line items on the bi-weekly report, then you may be¬†suspended from GSA Advantage. Read more
  • IT spend reporting requirements still stuck at halfway point. GAO found that agencies failed to disclose $31B in FY21 investments. Read more

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

DOD pays ethical hackers $75K for finding 350 vulnerabilities.

It can pay to be a hacker! DOD has recently paid $75,000, with an additional $35,000 in bonuses, to white hat hackers for finding nearly 350 vulnerabilities in defense systems. The Hack the U.S. initiative began on July 4 and involved vetted hackers assisting military officials with identifying security flaws before malicious actors do. (Warning: cool graphics.) Read more

USAF releases $5.3B cybersecurity RFP

The Air Combat Command has released an RFP for a 10-year, $5.3 billion Enterprise Cyber Capabilities procurement, with a bidding deadline of Oct. 26. The contract includes modeling and simulation, cyber mission essential support, and threat assessment. Read more

For JADC2, DOD must guard innovation through cumbersome acquisition.

The DOD must ensure that innovation survives military’s notoriously cumbersome acquisition process if it wants its ambitious JADC2 effort to actually work, according to a new brief from the CSIS. According to the report, there has been a steady decline in the total number of vendors supplying electronics, communications technologies and sensors to the DOD in the last 15 years. Read more

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INTEL COMMUNITY

NRO awards six commercial space companies satellite RF study contracts.

NRO has awarded study contracts to six commercial space companies to explore the capability of satellite radio frequency detection to meet military signal detection needs. Part of a broader initiative known as Strategic Commercial Enhancement, NRO is evaluating how it can supplement government-built systems with commercial technology. Read more

Surveillance telescope functional in Australia, according to Space Command.

A U.S.-built space-monitoring telescope that was transported from New Mexico to Western Australia is now fully operational, Space Operations Command officials announced. Developed by DARPA and MIT, the telescope can locate and track debris in geosynchronous orbit, about 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. Read more

NIST has been busy! It’s all things AI Risk Management happening there.¬†

NIST is looking to establish an online center for trustworthy and responsible AI resources. Also, NIST is looking at an early 2023 launch of new AI risk management framework.

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CIVILIAN

Peraton renews protest of a pair of Leidos SSA wins worth $566M.

Peraton has filed another set of protests after SSA officials reaffirmed Leidos infrastructure and IT support services task order award worth up to $566M. Read more

What’s FEMA and federal gov’t doing for the folks in Florida?

After watching FL get hit by Hurricane Ian, FEMA is working hard to help out. DHS activated the Surge Capacity Force, which comprises nearly 7,500 members from other federal agencies. There is FEMA staff, National Guardsmen, EMS and medical teams, USACOE personnel, EPA teams and so much more happening on the ground.   Read more

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Civilian Job Openings

  • The Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration is seeking a deputy CFO. This is a GS-15 position. Read more.
  • Would you like to help run the largest integrated health system in the world? You’re in luck! The VHA is hiring deputy executive directors for medical centers in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

M&A CORNER

NTT Data to acquire Umvell.

NTT Data, a multinational services and consulting company based in Japan, plans to acquire Unvell, a digital design and engineering firm based in Mexico City. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS ūüöŅ

 

Have you ever wondered if fast food jobs at the Pentagon require a security clearance?

No more sleepless nights for you!¬† According to¬†ClearanceJobs.com, there is a level of misunderstanding among many people about the term “security clearance.” A better way to think of the issue is that there are certain credentials needed for particular jobs at particular places. Read more

Okay, so you FOIA’ed the DOD and got some info. Can you sell that data for profit?

One family did. The Poseys owned a family business that sold unclassified technical information–like stuff about a new engine in a F-16 fighter plane (this was in 1978)–which the company then sold to companies that wanted to bid on DOD contracts to repair military aircraft of manufacture spare parts. The advent of FOIA made this kind of data-mining even easier. The ensuing story is a mix of fight for transparency + learning the govcon trade…and exploiting it for all its worth.¬†Read more

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