• SBA considers increased oversight of Native or Tribal-owned 8(a) entities: SBA considers this move in a proposed rule change. Read more.
  • Student Loan Forgiveness website debuts: Over 8 million applied for loan forgiveness over the weekend, on the beta version of the site. Read more.
  • Paper-based processes cost government $38.7B annually: Agencies process 9,858 unique forms and shuffle 106 billion forms. Yikes. Read more.
  • Deadly sin in proposals: Staff with super skills. When key personnel experience exceeds the basic requirements in a proposal, is that a strength? It scores more points, right? Read more.


DOD seeks to bolster AI contractor talent (a RFI).

The Army Contracting Command – Rock Island and Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office are looking for contractor support to supplement DOD’s AI, machine learning, and data science workforce, according to an RFI, the AI Talent 2.0 Basic Ordering Agreement, an updating of the 2020 AI Talent Blanket Purchasing Agreement. Read more

L3Harris looking to add drone data streams to night vision goggles.

As it works toward the next generation of the Army’s night vision goggles through its Enhanced Night Vision Goggles – Binocular contract awarded in 2020, L3Harris wants to add drone data streams to its features, but this move is somewhat contrary to the Army’s move toward centralization through its enterprise and operations. Read more

Is the US military strong enough to engage in war on two fronts? 

The U.S. military is weaker this year than it was last year, according to a report by think tank Heritage Foundation, which raised questions about whether the U.S. military could wage two wars at once. The report called the threat from China “formidable.” Read more

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Foreign Affairs Cybersecurity Center working against time.

Staffed with 95 employees and contractors, the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Cybersecurity Center protects 270 embassies and consulates around the world, and knowing quickly about intrusions and cyberattacks helps them to mitigate any damage. Read more

State Department increasing its outreach to Silicon Valley to assist with cybersecurity.

The Secretary of State is recruiting Silicon Valley companies to become more involved in national security, ranging from the war in Ukraine to the challenges posed by China, highlighting the higher urgency given to cybersecurity. Read more

Intelligence agencies must transform acquisition.

The IC spends about 70% of its budget ($56B in FY2022) on contracts with private companies, but IC acquisition is slow, process-oriented, and understaffed. Here are a few ideas of how the government can speed the process up. How about more security clearances? Remote work for classified tasks? Construction of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities? Read more

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  • DARPA names participants for its HARDEN program to protect computers from exploits.

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Protests! Polaris protests raise questions about mentor-protégé JVs.

Bidder protests of the $15B GSA Polaris raise more questions about mentor-protégé joint ventures in the technology acquisition. VCH Partners LLC and SH Synergy are arguing the GSA is wrong to limit the amount of relevant experience projects the team can submit.  Read more

USPS on November election mail-in ballots: We got this.

USPS officials say that enhanced communications with state and local election officials and extra measures the services is taking, including extra deliveries and collections, special pickups, expanded hours at processing plants, and mail sorting plans to expedite ballot deliveries will lead to a quicker delivery of mail-in ballots for the November election  Read more

IRS readies $2B enterprise program, project and integration services BPA (RFP to drop soon).

The IRS has briefed more than 150 vendors through a virtual industry day on a multiple-award BPA covering enterprise program, project and integration services that could be worth as much as $2.1B.  Read more

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  • A federal judge has approved a $63M settlement to settle a class action lawsuit brought as a result of hacks of OPM systems in 2015.
  • GAO threw out a protest issued by ManTech regarding systems engineering & integration services where ManTech claimed GSA conducted discussions in a manner that is “unequal and not meaningful.”

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 On this day: In 1781, Britain’s Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, VA, effectively ending the American Revolution and assuring America’s independence.

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Booz Allen closes its acquisition of Everwatch.

After District Judge Catherine Blake refused a DOJ request for a preliminary injunction, Booz Allen Hamilton closed its acquisition of EverWatch. Read more

Oliver Wyman to buy Avascent.

Oliver Wyman, a Marsh McLennan subsidiary, has agreed to acquire Avascent, a strategy consulting firm supporting clients across aerospace, defense and government markets. Avascent supports clients by providing them advice and insights in the areas of strategic growth, mergers and acquisitions and value capture. Read more


One upside to climate change could be… more stink bugs?

Stink bugs adore heat, and as global weather patterns keep changing and getting warmer, so too could stink bug populations. A recent study says that changing weather may increase habitats suitable for the brown marmorated stink bug in the States by up to 70 percent. Read more

How can you keep your timesheets DCAA compliant?

There’s a great checklist to make sure that your timesheets are compliant with government standards. Some tips include: Require employees to change their passwords every 6 months, keep an audit trail, don’t charge time before the job or task is actually performed, supervisors must sign off on timesheets, and some other helpful tips. Read more

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