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Small biz alert: DIA is going to start offering “Intro to DIA for Small Business” briefings.
This is a good change to meet your DIA procurement peeps! Discussion(s) will focus on the basics of doing business with the Agency and program highlights. A Q&A period will follow the discussion. The briefs generally take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month between 9:30am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm (all times are Eastern Time Zone). Registrants must be US Citizens and representatives of a U.S. owned firm to attend. Companies will be limited to one (1) registrant, on a first come, first serve basis. Registrants will be provided an attendance date based on the order received. Requests for specific dates will not be honored. Briefing attendance will be limited. Advance registration is required.
Human rights advocate to Congress: Stop federal procurement of commercial spyware.
“Right now, doing business with the federal government, getting acquired by a U.S. company or doing business with an American police department is the golden prize for many in the spyware industry,” Citizen Labs’ Senior Researcher John Scott-Railton told members of the House Intelligence Committee. “As long as that remains a possibility for problematic actors, they’re going to get support from investors.” During a testimony before Congress, experts offered some specific examples, including Pegasus (Israeli), Cellebrite (Israeli), and Micro Systemation AB (Swedish). Cellebrite and MSAB are both on the GSA’s list of approved commercial services, and Cellebrite is promoted under the services of gov’t contract Carahsoft.
8 agencies get lower FITARA grades.
The FITARA grades of eight agencies have fallen after the House Oversight Committee revised the methodology used to assess federal government departments’ IT modernization progress. Agencies whose grades decreased were the departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Transportation, and the Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; National Science Foundation; and Office of Personnel Management. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was the only agency whose grade increased from a C- to a B.
DHS cleared after 2021 exposure of terrorist watchlist data.
The Office of the Inspector General for the DHS issued an inspection report following the alleged exposure of DHS’s terrorist watchlist data, which the department learned about in July of 2021. The report, entitled “DHS Has Controls to Safeguard Watchlist Data,” was launched following the purported exposure of more than 1.9 million federal terrorist watchlist records. A social media post claimed that these watchlist records were exposed publicly online and contained sensitive information and identifier information. The report cleared the DHS of negligence, determining that the DHS “has an approach to safeguard and share terrorist screening data.” It confirmed that the department’s policies and procedures are in compliance with federal standards to safeguard sensitive data, including the data of the alleged exposure, that is used, stored and shared by DHS.