• How to meet small business contracting goal: With the small business contracting goal growing from 4% to 15% in SY25, here’s some advice.
  • Cyber Safety Review Board report coming: Board not waiting for another major event; DHS official says a second report coming soon.
  • Agencies behind in IPv6 migration attracting OMB’s attention: 80% FY25 deadline a challenge, according to task force chair
  • GSA researching contract to give feds easier small biz tech access: Agency officials want to give agencies easier access to SBIR tech.


Pentagon pushing to get top technology into production.

DOD’s top technology officer, Heidi Shyu, is working with the Pentagon’s acquisition chief, Bill LaPlante, to quickly transition from a joint demonstration in early calendar 2023 of the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve, which will focus on base defense, to funding and implementation. Read more

Navy on the hunt for information warfare experts.

The flag officer in charge of Naval Information Forces, V. Adm. Kelly Aeschenbach, discusses her command’s attempts to recruit information warfare experts in a challenging environment. Read more

NASA begins $400M Shared Services Center Support solicitation.

NASA has begun a solicitation for a Shared Services Center Support contract, an eight-year IDIQ for functional activity support that could be worth as much as $400 million. The award for the contract should come by July 1, 2023, and the selected contractor will provide intelligent automation, business services, procurement, financial management, and human resources.Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Acting Pentagon IG can remain in place, a Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel finds, at variance from a GAO opinion.
  • DLA speaks about lessons learned, as it rolls out a warehouse management system pilot in Corpus Christi, Texas, its first upgrade in 40 years.

Defense Contract Awards

  • The Army awarded a $25M contract to Iron Bow of Herndon, Va., for laptops and tablets.
  • Dell won a $16.5M contract with the Air Force to provide laptop computers and docking stations at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

Follow the Defense Leaders

  • Defcon, a modeling and simulation company. has hired the retired four-star general who lead Operation Warp Speed, as its new CEO.
  • DOD’s Cyber Crime Center has hired an Air Force investigator as its new leader.

Defense Job Openings


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NGA posts C&T RFI.

NGA in support of the Captioning and Transcription (C&T) program is seeking information on how an interested contractor could support C&T needs. This includes automated captioning of videos and producing written transcripts to support the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community (DHHC), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and other agency stakeholders. Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 17. Read more

NGA inducts 10 new members into GEOINT Hall of Fame.

V. Adm. Frank Whitworth, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, inducted 10 new members into the GEOINT Hall of Fame, in a ceremony in Springfield, Va. The ceremony honored six members of the Class of 2020, including two posthumously, and four members of the Class of 2021. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Shadow Dragon, a provider of OSINT, unique datasets, and APIs to enable sourcing, collecting, and sorting publicly available information in investigations, and Siren, a provider of investigative intelligence analytics, have formed a strategic partnership..

IC Contract Awards

  • US-headquartered mobility solutions provider Social Mobile has secured a contract to develop a next-generation 5G mobile solution for the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

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IC Job Openings.

  • DOJ is looking for a Director at it’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Fusion Center


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USCIS hiring director of user experience.

U.S. Customs and Immigration Service is out ahead of the pack once again, hiring a for a newly-created position: director of user experience. USCIS is the same agency that has 95% of its applications on the cloud and adopted zero trust security before it was cool. Read more

NIH acquisition official clears air on CIO-SP4 downselect.

RIcky Clark, deputy director at the NIH organization responsible for the CIO-SP4 contract, is trying to clear the air after vendors who didn’t make the cut in the recent CIO-SP4 downselect complained about various issues, including not receiving debriefs and the procurement favoring small business with large business partners. Read more

NOAA targets Summer 2023 for EHR rollout.

The Oracle Cerner Electronic Health Records Modernization rollout should occur at NOAA in the Summer 2023. NOAA would join the Coast Guard, DOD, and VA in deploying the Oracle Cerner EHR system through the program. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • National Archives has digitized more than 200M pages of government records, out of its goal of 500M pages by 2026.
  • NIST IG warns agencies not to “just trust” software vendors’ security assurances.

Civilian Contract Awards

  • The Executive Office of the President has awarded a task order worth up to $16.9M task order to Empower AI for critical IT support services.
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Follow Civilian Leaders

  • LookingGlass Cyber hired a former ManTech executive to be its new president of federal.
  • Maximus  named a new VP of digital government solutions.
  • CACI’s former data solutions architect joined Avint as CTO.
  • Cohesity hired a new director of federal, SLED, and healthcare marketing.

Civilian Job Openings


ShadowDragon and Siren form a strategic partnership.

ShadowDragon, a provider of open source intelligence (OSINT), unique datasets, and APIs that reduce the friction of sourcing, collecting, and sorting publicly available information in modern investigations, announced a strategic partnership with Siren, a leading provider of Investigative Intelligence analytics. Read more

With a healthy contract backlog, Booz Allen increases its revenue growth forecast.

Booz Allen Hamilton has added almost 800 new workers in the last year and ended its most recent quarter with a backlog of $31.8B in contracts, a 9.8% increase from a year before. The company has $2.3B in second quarter revenue. The company raised its full-year forecast of revenue growth to a range of 8 to 10 percent from a previous forecast of 5 to 8 percent growth. Read more


Forget about trick-or-treating, Spooky glow sticks favored as a military tool.

Cyalume Technologies began producing the six-inch glow sticks for the Navy in 1965, a took initially used to signal a man overboard, and even though Cyralume Technologies exhibited at the AUSA show and has military applications, many people know their glow sticks as one favored by children going door-to-door on Halloween. Read more

In search of a 12-foot Home Depot skeleton: A Halloween shopping spree gone wrong.

Wanting to join the “more is more” crowd to assemble more Halloween yard decor, a Wall Street Journal columnist finds that six months of planning is essential for such impressive displays. Read more

Your place for Halloween literature.

On All Hallow’s Eve, the Chicago-based American Writers Museum is a good website to visit to read spooky stories from writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury. Read more

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