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White House “action oriented” cyber workforce recruitment strategy being developed.

Unfilled public sector cyber jobs are about 5% of the total 715,000 open IT and cyber jobs around the country, and it’s a tight labor market with cyber attacks on the rise. With that in mind, the WH¬†is pulling together a cyber workforce recruitment strategy that will be more “action oriented” and better implementation features.
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Cutting back on duplicates: Senate seeks to consolidate DHS, government software contracts.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is trying to tackle a perennial government IT acquisition problem: agencies awarding overlapping software contracts and spending too much money. If signed into law, the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act would mandate consolidation of federal software licenses would direct agencies to provide more transparency about their software purchases and conduct more software audits.
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Top Defense & Aerospace

Pentagon using IDIQs and UCAs to replenish equipment sent to Ukraine.

Following Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the US has sent more than¬†$14.5B¬†to support¬†Ukraine’s sovereignty.¬†Some of the assistance was newly purchased equipment but¬†$12.5B of the it¬†was pulled directly from existing US military inventory.¬†Because so much gear has been pulled from US¬†military units, it now must¬†be replaced in order to sustain America’s own readiness. Already, about $1.2B in contracts are underway to replenish US¬†stocks. DOD¬†is expediting its¬†efforts by using undefinitized contracting actions, or UCAs, to get industry working on contracts before they are definitized.¬†“You can put a UCA together within a week, and we’re doing that,” he said. “We’re also making use of¬†IDIQ contracts” Bill LaPlante, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
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Booz Allen denied in bid protest to $64M Air Force IT contract.

A GAO ruling has upheld a $64M¬†Air Force IT contract award to GDIT, deciding that Booz Allen’s $8.7M in additional costs over their rival gave USAF sufficient justification in their decision, even though Booz Allen had an edge in past performance and its technical proposal.
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Defense Contract Awards

  • Raytheon was awarded a $184M contract with Air Force for Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System (ASARS)-2B sensors.
  • SAIC was awarded a $40M MDA contract to evolve analysis capability to model the MDS’s expected performance.
  • TM3 Solutions was awarded a $11M¬†(total amount possible is $58.8M) Washington HQ Services contract to provide administrative, technical and professional services for the management & operation of JPS’s software maintenance licenses and renewals.
  • Teledyne wins potential $681M contract for NASA spaceflight Operations Support.

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  • Lt. Gen. James Rainey will serve as the Army Futures Command’s second chief, Under Secretary of the Army Gabe Camarillo¬†announced last week.
  • Former L3Harris exec Jackie Schmoll joins Raytheon’s Intel & Space business.

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Top Intel Community

Legado 5G network a threat to some existing DOD satellites, according to NAS report. 

Legado Networks’ terrestrial 5G network could be harmful to some existing¬†DOD satellites, according to a congressionally-mandated report. ¬†Legado’s system could begin operations as soon as next month. The National Academies of Sciences report stated¬†that Iridium Communications satellite services provided to DOD¬†‚Äúwill experience harmful interference‚ÄĚ when their terminals are within 2,401 feet of Legado‚Äôs terminals.
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DIA director addresses strategic competition and cybersecurity at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit. 

Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier shared his views and mission priorities at the 13th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. Some key points: sharing intelligence with more and more partners; investments in cyberspace through OSINT; using social media in intelligence operations; continued investment in JWICS, and much more.
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Special Announcement ūüď£

GovBrew is hosting our first virtual forum on¬†innovative emerging technologies. It will be an action-packed two-hour event where top Federal agency leaders¬†will discuss their experience¬†deploying cutting-edge technologies in the public sector and how they use them to drive real change and meet their agency’s mission. Sign up now to reserve your spot.
Government Speakers
  • Cindy Good¬†– Dept of Treasury¬†– Senior Analyst, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation¬†(confirmed)
  • Brett Smith¬†‚Äď Dept of Treasury¬†– Director – Payment Strategy & Innovation¬†(confirmed)
  • Kathryn Wetherby¬†– CMS¬†– Deputy Director Marketplace IT Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO)¬†(confirmed)
  • Sanja Bararic¬†– HHS¬†– Artificial Intelligence Program Lead¬†(pending approval)
  • Robert Whetsel¬†‚Äď FDA¬†– Associate Director for Data Architecture, Senior Advisor for Data Architecture¬†(pending approval)
  • Ron Williams¬†‚Äď GSA¬†– Director, Cloud Adoption & Infrastructure Optimization¬†(pending approval)

Top Civilian

DHS launches recruitment initiative to hire hundreds of techies.

DHS announced an initiative to hire hundreds of public-facing technologists, in response to POTUS’s 2021 executive order ordering the¬†streamlining of the “government-to-customer” delivery process.
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In a national barnstorming tour CISA seeks input for cyber incident reporting norms.

In a national listening tour that will help guide their rule-making process, CISA officials hope to better understand what their key stakeholders hope to see in Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 requirements, after the legislation was passed and signed into law.
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  • Michael Villano takes a job as the Contracting Officer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Brian Paget joins AWS at Head of Public Sector Solutions Worldwide.

     

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SPA acquires Metron division.

Systems Planning and Analysis, a division of Arlington Capital Partners, last week acquired Metron’s Operations Research and Cyber Analysis Division. Through the acquisition, SPA will expand its ability to support Naval, nuclear, and critical infrastructure sector customers.
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Shower thoughts ūüöŅ

20 Years after 9/11, surveillance has become a way of life. 

Two decades after 9/11, many simple acts that were once taken for granted now seem unfathomable: strolling with loved ones to the gate of their flight, meandering through a corporate plaza, using streets near government buildings. Our metropolises’ commons are now enclosed with steel and surveillance. Amid the perpetual pandemic of the past year and a half, cities have become even more walled off. With each new barrier erected, more of the city’s defining feature erodes: the freedom to move and wander. It’s harder to get lost amid constant tracking. It’s also harder to freely gather when the public spaces between home and work are stripped away. Known as third places, they are the connective tissue that stitches together the fabric of modern communities: the public park where teens can skateboard next to grandparents playing chess, the library where children can learn to read and unhoused individuals can find a digital lifeline. When third places vanish, as they have since the attacks, communities can falter.
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It’s like “Big Brother” (the TV show), but for young tech founders: What could possibly go wrong?

The¬†people here are young and friendly and full of hope.¬†And why shouldn‚Äôt they be? For one month, they get to live in a mansion in Beverly Hills (Zillow estimate: $12.9 million).¬†This mansion is the home of Launch House, which is both an incubator for startup founders and a social club of more than 500 20- and 30-somethings, many of whom are into crypto. There are two ways to join Launch House: One is to pay the $1,000 annual membership fee, which grants you perks like entrance to the group Discord channel, access to work at the mansion or the New York City location, and invitations to events ‚ÄĒ an NFT brunch, say, or a boat party during Miami Tech Month. The other is to pay $3,000 to join a month-long ‚Äúcohort,‚ÄĚ in which you and around two dozen other young tech founders live and work together at the mansion.
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