QUICK HITS
  • 8(a), WOSB, others eye $1.5+ Billion DHS PACTS IDIQ expansion: DHS’ SSV for Professional Services will include “separate and distinct tracks” for some set-aside programs, sparking renewed interest.
  • Why CPARs matter for proposal development: You remember report cards, right? That’s basically what Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPARs) are — but why are they so important?
  • White House wants login.gov to reach every American: As an option for those who participate in most federal programs.
  • More agencies defining risk appetite, integrating into strategy, decision making: According to eighth annual federal enterprise risk management survey.
  • Power Projection and the National Strategic Significance of Bitcoin. This could be the biggest change in DOD strategy since nuclear warfare.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

War in Ukraine accelerates global drive toward killer robots.

DOD’s Directive 3000.09, “Autonomy in Weapons Systems”–the first in a decade about artificial intelligence autonomous weapons–and the lessons learned in Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh demonstrate that weaponized AI is part of the future of warfare, with a proportional amount of effort going toward this development. Read more

Adm. Gilday sees uncrewed vessels as key to Navy’s future.

Uncrewed vessels with the ability to jam electronics, spy on faraway activities, and even help coordinate the flow of fighting will play an increasingly important role in the service’s mission. Read more

The Navy’s CIO is stepping down after just three years.

When Aaron Weis came to the Department of Navy as its new CIO, he found an infrastructure that was 15-to-20 years behind the times. After stepping down on March 17, the DON’s principal deputy CIO will take over in the interim until a new permanent CIO is named. Read more

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  • With retirement of CFO, ManTech appoints a new one.
  • Navy vet named chair of Acalvio’s newly-created federal advisory board.

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DAILY FUNNY

INTEL COMMUNITY

Catalyst Accelerator launches 11th defensive cyber ops for space cohort.

Sponsored by the AFRL and U.S. Space Forces as a defense and national security industry incubator, Catalyst Accelerator has partnered with eight small businesses across the country on its eleventh defensive cyber ops for space cohort this spring. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • National Ground Intelligence Center posts synopsis for upcoming EWIR RFP.
  • Protestors come out of the woodwork after NSA chooses CACI for $2.4B award — again.
  • Malcolm X’s family is suing the FBI and CIA.
  • The DIA is looking for a new Inspector General.

 

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CIVILIAN

USPS health insurance marketplace launch gives OPM plenty to do in a busy 2023.

The Postal Service Reform Act requires OPM to set up a separate insurance marketplace for USPS employees and retirees within the Federal Employee Health Benefits program by January 2025. As it prepares for an open enrollment in late 2024, OPM officials are prioritizing this project. Read more

OPM makes no progress with retirement backlog to start 2023.

OPM started 2023 with a rise in its retirement claims processing backlog by 3,262. In January, OPM received 12,404 claims, an almost 7,000 increase compared to December. OPM only processed 9,142, leaving the inventory backlog at the highest level since October with 24,858 claims. Read more

Zero trust presents ‘doable’ security goals, State Department CIO says.

State Department is working to enhance its internal cybersecurity and promote more efficient technology practices across its global operations.  Read more

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Civilian Contracts Awards

  • NOAA awards Peraton contract worth up to $400M to provide ground servicing for polar-orbiting weather satellites.
  • CMS awards 8(a) small biz Neil Hoozier & Associates a $7M contract for Evaluation & Oversight.

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SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

How does ChatGPT differ from human intelligence?

Just how similar is a computer brain to the human brain? If ChatGPT can sound like a human, does that mean it learns like one as well? Two scholars from Brown University’s Carney Institute for Brain Science weigh in, discussing parallels between artificial intelligence and human intelligence. Read more

Supreme Court is torn over the challenge to internet firms’ legal shield.

Right now the Supreme Court is hearing a case involving YouTube and the family of an American student fatally shot in a 2015 rampage by Islamist militants in Paris. The case calls into question the scope of a much-debated 1996 federal law called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects internet companies from liability for content posted by their users. On one hand: you know, freedom of speech. Oh yeah, and the internet is inherently a smorgasbord of unregulated nonsense—it’s just what it is. On the other hand, custom algorithms may be pushing unlawful videos on their platforms, and that CAN be controlled. Read more

What JADC2 is — and what it definitely isn’t.

A lucid definition of JADC2 — a multibillion-dollar venture meant to link forces and their databases across land, air, sea, space, and cyber — is notoriously difficult to pin down. One US Admiral is here to finally put your (our?) confusion to rest. Read more

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