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OMB calls on agencies to rethink their office space needs.

What the future of the federal workplace will look like is a crucial concern that arises when agencies revamp their personnel rules in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The next phase for agencies is to implement and assess if they still require physical office space, a demand that has dramatically decreased for many agencies since the beginning of the pandemic. In a memo dated July 20, the Office of Management and Budget urged agencies to begin thinking more specifically about how much and what kinds of property are required to fully realize their vision for the future of work in the federal sector.
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New Senate bill wants to make it easier for agencies to adopt platforms already in use at other agencies. 

This bill would allow state and local government to adopt the existing federally-built identity management platform. The Improving Intergovernmental Cooperation and Reducing Duplication Act of 2022 is anticipated to be taken up by the Senate in the upcoming weeks. The bill would also make it simpler for federal government agencies to use tools and technology created by the General Services Administration and other divisions, if it were to become law.
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GAO thinks State Department needs to be better at measuring its Diversity and Inclusion improvements.

The State Department has to develop better methods for tracking the achievement of its objectives for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The Government Accountability Office indicated in a study dated July 22 that while the department does well in areas like employee involvement and diversity training, there is still much opportunity for improvement in terms of accountability and assessment. Author of the report and GAO Director for International Affairs and Trade Jason Bair stated in an interview  that without tracking progress, it is impossible to determine how the department is doing with regard to its objectives.
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Top Defense & Aerospace

Have you heard about the DoD’s Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies (APFIT) Pilot Program?

The APFIT pilot program’s goal is to swiftly move technology produced by small businesses and/or nontraditional defense contractors from pilot programs, prototype projects, and research projects into production. The first batch of projects to be funded by the pilot program was announced by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E). The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act established the APFIT program as a means of delivering “innovative and developed technologies and solutions that can meet warfighter demands.”
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Air Force posts Distributed Common Ground System RFI.

A request for information to support the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System was made by the U.S. Air Force on July 21. (DCGS). Responses must be submitted by August 15 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The government is conducting market research to find potential suppliers who can meet the qualifications necessary to provide the services needed to support the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS) GEOINT, SIGINT, and Multi-INT Field Support responsibilities, to include sensor management, ground system maintenance while conducting Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, and associated Information Technology (IT) Operations administrative and operational support requirements) for the Command and Control, ISR C2ISR enterprise.
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Space Force issues RFI for Cyber Operations Digital Bloodhound IDIQ.

The Space Systems Command (SSC) Cyber Operations division of the United States Space Force (USSF) released a request for information (RFI) for the Cyber Operations Digital Bloodhound IDIQ procurement on July 20. Responses must be submitted by August 19 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific. The defense of networks and associated computer systems for ground networks connected to USSF assets is the responsibility of the mission-focused program known as the Cyber Operations division. The development, deployment, fine-tuning, and ongoing extension of the Cyber Operations product lines will be handled under this new commercial multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (MA-IDIQ) contract.
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Top Intel Community

Lawmakers don’t want the federal government buying troves of personal data from data brokers and government contractors.

Congress is attempting to pass legislation that would severely restrict what information the government can purchase from contractors in light of recent revelations that federal government agencies purchased vast quantities of personal data, including cell phone location data, from dubious data brokers and contractors. Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published thousands of pages of previously unreleased documents describing how the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other divisions acquired from contractors vast amounts of data on people’s cell phone locations that were secretly obtained from smartphone apps. Contractors who offer IT and data solutions to intelligence organizations are concerned about how the legislation could unintentionally hinder the government’s capacity to deal with delicate national security matters.
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White House reviewing a Trump era cyber policy.

According to a top cyber official, the White House is evaluating a crucial cyber operations policy in an effort to improve it so that the use of offensive cyber operations  “fits within our foreign policy goal.” Anne Neuberger, the National Security Council’s deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, said the White House’s is reviewing a policy put in place by the Trump administration in 2018—commonly referred to as National Security Presidential Memorandum-13. The evaluation has drawn criticism because it might result in changes to policy that will impede offensive cyber operations.
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IARPA to host SINTRA Proposer’s Day.

A Proposer’s Day for the Space Debris Identification and Tracking (SINTRA) Program will be held, according to plans made public by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) on July 20. On August 10, 2022, from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm EDT, there will be a conference for potential proposers of the SINTRA program to learn more about the program’s goals and technical specifications. The registration deadline is Friday, August 5, 2022 at 12:00 EDT. The IARPA SINTRA program aims to advance the state-of-the-art for the detection, tracking, and characterization of dangerous non-trackable orbital space debris. It also investigates how orbital debris interacts with the surrounding space environment. All space missions, including those of the Intelligence Community, are at risk from space debris (IC).
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Top Civilian

OPM Director is still very pro-telework.

Top personnel and management officials from the Biden administration testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s government operations subcommittee that telework has raised employee engagement and improved the federal government’s appeal to potential candidates. Kiran Ahuja, director of the Office of Personnel Management, stated that many federal workers now demand the flexibility in work-life that telework offers, and that agency employees are leaving agencies that are imposing stringent office reentry standards – if not leaving government entirely.
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Labor and Commerce are running a 120-day cybersecurity apprenticeship sprint.

The 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint was unveiled by Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House. The initiative supports the use of Registered Apprenticeships by numerous industries to develop and train a skilled and diverse cybersecurity workforce. The 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint backs the Biden-Harris administration’s pledge to increase Registered Apprenticeships in order to meet the labor market’s need for skilled workers and give underserved communities access to rewarding employment opportunities.
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VA has a new top medical leader.

The Department of Veterans Affairs now has a Senate-confirmed official overseeing its healthcare operations once more, more than five years after the previous director left. Dr. Shereef Elnahal was confirmed as the next VA under secretary for health on Thursday by a vote of 66 to 23 in Congress.
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GovCon M&A Corner

AE Industrial & Boeing unveil a second venture fund.

GovCon focused investment firm AE Industrial Partners and Boeing are starting a second venture fund with the same idea of backing promising startups in the mobility, space, sustainability, digital enterprise applications, networks and security areas. Boeing has committed $50 million to the second venture fund of AEI HorizonX, which has set a goal of raising $250 million for investing in emerging companies whose technology is of promise to the industry and customers.
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Contract Awards

GDIT wins $65M CMS Cloud Migration Support Contract.

Under a prospective five-year, $65 million deal, General Dynamics’ information technology division will assist the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with data integration and cloud migration. GDIT said on Thursday that it will provide Agile development and transformation services to support CMS’ Integrated Data Repository as well as provide operations and maintenance for the organization’s cloud and on-premise platforms. IDR is a data warehouse that combines beneficiary, claims, and provider data sources to support Medicare and Medicaid systems. It can be used to shed light on medical trends, healthcare spending, and fraud.
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11 companies win spots on EPA Air Pollution, Radiation Control Services Contract.

Eleven companies have been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of a five-year, $5.7 billion contract program to assist EPA in creating controls for radiation exposure and air pollution. The Environmental, Analytical, Research, Technical and Hybrid contract covers five professional service areas: data analysis and modeling; testing and quality assurance for environmental science; research and documentation; policy and regulation assistance; and operations and communications.
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Amentum-Owned PAE Wins $137M Contract to Help Maintain USAF Aerial Targets.

Under a seven-year, $136.6 million deal, PAE, which is now a part of Amentum, will assist the U.S. Air Force in operating and maintaining aerial targets. The Department of Defense announced Thursday that the service will collaborate with PAE’s aviation and technical services division to test the lethality of important military weapons and ammunition systems. For the firm-fixed-price, performance-incentive, award-fee contract with cost-reimbursable line items, Headquarters Air Combat Command received five offers.
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Shower thoughts 🚿

What are the worst hacks and breaches of 2022 so far?

In the first six months of 2022, we’ve many hacks, data breaches, digital scams, and ransomware attacks. With the Covid-19 pandemic, economic instability, geopolitical unrest, and bitter human rights disputes grinding on around the world, cybersecurity vulnerabilities and digital attacks have proved to be thoroughly enmeshed in all aspects of life. This Wired article covers some of this year’s worst hacks yet. 

  • Russia/Ukraine Hacking
  • Lapsus$ Group’s Extortion Spree
  • Conti Cripples Costa Rica
  • Decentralized Finance Platform Hacks
  • Data Theft From Health Care Providers
  • Chinese Hackers Breach Telecoms and More
  • California Concealed-Carry Permits

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