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  • VA digitizing veterans’ records: The VA is making progress in storing digital service records in the cloud.
  • Ninja obstacle course for SBAs: Rooting out acquisition obstacles and foiling slow-moving acquisition “valley of death” is a priority for Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.
  • IT workforce, budget among top OPM modernization challenges for FY23 despite some initial progress, according to OIG.
  • DHS CBP commissioner resigns: Christopher Magnus was confirmed by the Senate last last year.
  • Better data, training, hiring processes important to cyber workforce strategy.
  • Some NAICS codes were recently updated. Have you checked to make sure yours are current?


A custom-created role! Army’s PEO for Enterprise Information Systems to create new CIO position.

The Army’s Program Executive Officer for EIS plans to create a new CIO position that will be a key integrator to digital transformation with similar Army organizations. Read more

AFRL Skyborg program prepares for final software demo.

AFRL’s Skyborg program, a top AFRL science and technology initiative, is preparing for its final software demonstration. Skyborg is focused on developing a platform-agnostic “collaborative combat aircraft” that would enable future combat drones to team with combat aircraft  Read more

Navy Reserves advancing through data analytics.

Out of “pilot purgatory,” the Navy Reserves is using the Department of Navy’s cloud-based Jupiter platform and its analytical capabilities to make readiness and operational decisions, according to its force data officer. Read more

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FBI came close to deploying spyware for domestic surveillance.

The FBI came very close to using highly controversial commercial spyware to aid in its domestic criminal investigations. New documents acquired via FOIA include a number of internal FBI PowerPoint presentations, created throughout 2020 and 2021, that discuss how the bureau could deploy the hacking tools. Among these, the bureau’s Criminal Investigative Division produced a 25-page memorandum that included “recommendations” for how NSO’s products could be used “under certain specific conditions,” as well as proposed guidelines for district attorneys offices across the country on how to approach the process of criminal discovery for cases involving the tool.   Read more

A new report claims the global OSINT market size In 2022 is $4.2B and is expected to grow to $6B by 2028. 

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is the collection and analysis of information that is gathered from public, or open, sources. OSINT is primarily used in national security, law enforcement, and business intelligence functions. The global market for OSINT is estimated at $4.2B million in the year 2022 and is projected to reach a revised size of $6B by 2028. This latest report researches the industry structure, revenue, and gross margin, major players, market shares, and additional information. Read more

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Interior Department releases nearly $1B cloud solicitation.

Interior Department has released a draft solicitation for a single-source IDIQ cloud procurement, Cloud Hosting Solutions III, that could be worth nearly $1B over 11 years. Read more

The seventh time is the charm: DHS again extends $10B FirstSource III solicitation deadline.

At the offerers’ request, DHS officials have extended, for the seventh time, the solicitation deadline for the $10B IT FirstSource III services and software contract. On Phase II of the solicitation, DHS has amended the IT value added reseller category. The latest deadline is Nov. 21. Read more

IRS commissioner nominee news.

POTUS plans to nominate Danny Werfel, a federal management guru, to serve as the next IRS commissioner. Werfer has served as OMB controller, and had a previous stint as IRS commissioner in 2013. Read more

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  • NIST is looking for feedback on a proposed pilot project on common cybersecurity risks at water and wastewater plans..
  • GAO denied a CACI protest of Peraton’s $343M IT infrastructure task order, enabling the latter’s work to move forward.
  • DOJ using a FOIA wizard to create more user-friendly experience.

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CNSI to merge with Kepro in healthcare push.

CNSI, a portfolio company of Carlysle, will merge with healthcare management services provider Kepro. The merger should be complete next month, and Apax Partners, an equity partnership with a state in Kepro, will not retain any ownership stake. Read more

Castellum acquiring mysterious $10M government contractor. (Who is it?)

Castellum has signed a letter of intent to acquire an East Coast government contractor with $10M in annual revenue. The acquisition would be Castellum’s seventh and would be completed by the end of January. Sorry, don’t mean to click-bait you, but seriously, they don’t post the name of the acquired firm. Read more


The Human touch: Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the next step in AI.

As the DOD and our adversaries, such as China, invest billions of dollars in making defense systems work with artificial intelligence, learn about the next step in AI: artificial general intelligence. AGI is the ability of an intelligent agent to understand or learn any intellectual task in the same way that humans do. Unlike AI which relies on ever-expanding datasets to perform more complex tasks, AGI will exhibit the same attributes as those associated with the human brain, including common sense, background knowledge, transfer learning, abstraction, and causality. Of particular interest is the human ability to generalize from scanty or incomplete input. Read more

Are all these layoffs in the tech industry going to mean that you–and government–finally get a chance at recruiting them?

Their (Big Tech’s) loss is your gain, right?  If you are looking to hire tech talent, you might want to start searching for newly “employment-single” staffers on recruiting websites. Not sure where to start? Check out these companies that have had massive layoffs recently. Read more

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