QUICK HITS
  • IBM, Booz Allen get second shot at $2.6B IRS contract: after protests, discussions reopened with rejected bidders on modernization contract.
  • One more step away from the acquisition regulation that most vendors hate: GSA wants more use of Transactional Data Reporting.
  • How SBOMs can eventually help to secure government’s software supply chain: they are not yet required by any agency.
  • A top VA EHR official leaving position: Terry Adirim, PEO for VA’s Modernization Integration Office, will depart on Feb. 25.

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DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

Defense inflation, workforce issues challenge defense contractors amid security pivot.

The U.S. defense and security establishment is refocusing on great power competition, as Russia’s war on Ukraine rages and as China asserts itself as a superpower in the Asia-Pacific region. For the defense industrial base, this challenge is compounded by adverse market conditions, industry officials told the House Armed Services Committee. Read more

Pentagon to release cyber workforce policy ‘any day now.’

The check is in the mail. The policy is about to be released. Take my word for it! With a recognition of job market realities, new cyber workforce initiatives that DOD officials plan to release soon will minimize education and certification requirement in favor of cyber knowledge and performance. Read more

Raj Iyer says next Army CIO needs more oversight power.

As he approaches his final days as Army CIO after more than two years in the position, Raj Iyer says that the next CIO needs to have more oversight power within the service. Iyer is the first civilian. An ideal candidate would be someone who “will ask a lot of tough questions,” he said. Read more

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Defense Contract Awards

  • C3 AI, Intelligent Waves to provide solutions for AF crowd-sourced flight data program.
  • nTSI, LLC, a small business, was awarded a $637M MDA contract for MDS support and advance concpets.
  • Valiant books $530M DLA follow-on contract to support military food distribution operations.
  • AM General wins 10-year, $8.66B Army Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Production contract.

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Defense Job Openings

  • DOD is hiring a program analyst for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Threat Reduction and Arms Control.
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency wants a director, Research and Development Directorate.
  • DOD is hiring a deputy director, Program and Financial Control.

INTEL COMMUNITY

APG releases APBI Save the Date.

Aberdeen Proving Ground officials have released the save the date for the Advanced Planning Brief to Industry (APBI) 2023: April 25-27, 2023. The goal of the APG APBI is to describe for industry potential future contracting opportunities for FY24-25 for mission areas, such as Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; Research and Development; Test and Evaluation; Chemical and Biological Defense; and APG Garrison. Read more

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CIVILIAN

Leaky roofs, power outages are symptoms of deferred maintenance at NIST.

It turns out that NIST is apparently better at defining standards for other agencies, not so good at meeting its own standards, particularly with physical maintenance. A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report has found that about 63% of NIST research facilities failed to meet federally established standards for acceptable building conditions.  Read more

OIG finds oversight issues with GSA’s performance-based contracts.

GSA, this one isn’t looking good! A watchdog found that GSA is failing to adequately providing performance-based contract oversight, which can result in underperforming contractors and wasted government funds. GSA contracting personnel produced performance reports that were “often incomplete or not available at all,” according to a new inspector general’s audit. Read more

Feds say ROI, CFOs are key to IT modernization funding.

At the ATARC Federal IT Modernization Summit, federal officials and modernization experts shared their tips on how to secure funding for IT modernization, with OMB officials sharing what they look for in exchange for their approval: a return on investment. Read more

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Civilian Contracts Awards

  • NIH National Library of Medicine has awarded a one-month, $3M task order for server platforms to CounterTrade Products.
  • OmniSync Inc. wins $3M SBIR STTR DOE support services contract.

Follow Civilian Leaders

  • Jennifer Wendel, formerly section chief for enterprise IT governance in the Office of the CIO at FBI, joins HHS as deputy CIO.
  • Jake Marcellus has become executive director of GSA’s Enterprise Technology Solutions office.
  • Tom Edson becomes new CFO at Alpha Omega Integration.
  • Pyramid Systems Inc. names a new Chief Growth Officer with Fortune 100 sales experience.
  • Maximus names a new SVP who is an Accenture and IBM veteran.

Civilian Job Openings

  • VA is seeking an Assistant Deputy Under Secretary Automated Benefits Delivery.
  • Executive Office of the President is seeking an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for S.E. Asia and Pacific.
  • National Transportation Safety Board is seeking a deputy director, regional operations.
  • VA is hiring a deputy PEO in the Electronic Health Record Modernization Office.

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

Congress told HHS to set up a health data network in 2006. The agency still hasn’t.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted communications and data-sharing shortcomings between various levels of public health, from local, state, and federal levels in emergencies. Congress ordered HHS officials in 2006 to begin planning for a health data network to be used in such instances, but although more than 16 years have passed, not only has the network not been implemented, it isn’t even planned. Read more

He was selling used cars. Now, he’s calling a Super Bowl.

Talk about an unusual career trajectory! Kevin Burkhardt’s unlikely path took him from selling Malibus in New Jersey to the biggest game in football, as the lead play by play broadcaster for Fox, with a long stop in a spot where anything can happen: the New York Mets. Read more

Online ‘Sextortion’ scams up eightfold, FTC says.

Nearly 70,000 Americans fell prey to romance scammers in 2022, at a cost of $1.3B, according to the FTC. There’s been a significant increase in ‘sextortion’ tactics, through which a scammer coaxes a victim to share sexually explicit images of themselves and then turns around and threatens to share those images with the victim’s social media contacts, unless a ransom is paid. Read more

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