• Agencies seek public input on updates to guiding plan for cyber R&D: for the 2023 Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan.
  • As Iyer exits, Army CIO holds more influence, authority: Iyer, who leaves the position this week, gave the CIO a greater seat at the table.
  • OPM aims to streamline fed employee screening with ‘continuous vetting:’ Feds would be subject to background investigations at any time.
  • White House digital theft EO expected to follow State of the Union address: EO will compel federal agencies to use Login.gov where possible.


“More people are going to die!” DOD civilians in Japan face crisis of health care access.

Some U.S. civilians and military dependents and Japan are reporting that it’s increasingly difficult to receive time-sensitive healthcare service because there is less space available for them in military healthcare facilities. There is a longstanding policy of placing active duty military as the top priority for care. There are more than 6,000 civilians and a significant number of DOD contractor employees in Japan, and their circumstances can vary somewhat from installation-to-installation. Read more

Competitors become teammates: A call center protest happy ending.

Chenega Services and Ivy Hill were on opposite sides of the table in the $58.8M recomplete of a DHA call center competition, which Chenega Services won in July 2022. After Ivy Hill and incumbent Koniag Management Solutions filed protest, DHA took corrective action, and they awarded the contract to Ivy Hill. While Koniag filed a protest on Feb. 1, Chenega Services and Ivy Hill took the unusual step of partnering, with Ivy Hill becoming the new prime and Chenega Services becoming their subcontractor. Read more

SASC chairman outlines top 4 priorities for the year.

The SASC has plans. And those plans are: (1) examining how the military will fight on future battlefields, (2) exploring new weapon programs, (3) looking for ways to shore up the industrial base, (3) and taking better care of troops. Read more

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  • V2X awarded $265M contract mod for enhanced Army global logistic enterprise support.
  • Northrop awarded $92M to equip military aircraft with IR countermeasures system.
  • Valiant to support military joint training program under $67M contract.
  • CACI signs CRADA with Army Space and Missile Defense Tech Center.

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NSA bills itself as a ‘soft landing place’ for laid off tech workers.

As the tech sector continues to experience a massive wave of layoffs—with tens of thousands of workers let go over the past several months by behemoths like Alphabet, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft—the NSA is joining the ranks of other federal agencies positioning themselves to benefit from the industry’s contraction.  Read more

How 3D & 4D data is changing GEOINT.

The rapid growth of commercial space has unlocked exciting new opportunities for the U.S. federal government. Many of these possibilities lie in the field of geospatial intelligence and space-based imagery, especially with the recent development of 3D and 4D capabilities. Read more

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House panel presses FAA to speed up modernization.

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure pressed an FAA official on what it would take for the agency to modernize faster, including FAA’s plans to update a system that caused a nationwide ground stop last month. Read more

IRS not capturing true cost of IT footprint.

IRS is spending an additional $80B in funding over 10 years provided through the Inflation Reduction Act, but a new GAO report finds that the tax agency lacks timelines for decommissioning decades-old legacy systems and isn’t tracking how much they are paying for upkeep of out-of-date software. Read more

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  • VA onboards health care workers at a record rate but still “far from where we need to be.”
  • NNSA plans $800M tech deployment program to combat illicit nuclear materials.
  • White House’s OSTP Deputy Director is resigning.
  • HHS’ version of DARPA seeks half a million in technical support.

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Lone Star Funds to acquire ship repair services company Titan.

An affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star Funds has agreed to buy ship repair services provider Titan Acquisition Holdings from Carlyle and Stellex Capital Management for an undisclosed sum. Read more

Sidus Space raises $5.2M for LEO constellation.

Sidus Space has raised $5.2M from the stock market to support LizzieSat, a multipurpose constellation it expects to start deploying in low Earth orbit this year. The company sold shares on NASDAQ for $0.30 each, a steep discount to their $5 initial offering price in December 2021 after declining for much of the year. Read more


ChatGPT is great: you’re just using it wrong.

A computer scientist writes a commentary on ChatGPT, which he claims is “better for playacting than playing at finding facts.” ChatGPT is not a super-charged version of Google, he argues, using a ChatGPT search for books about Abraham Lincoln and a second president, William Henry Harrison, to illustrate his point. Read more

Displacement and replacement: How tech layoffs can help the federal market.

With layoffs from large tech companies such as Alphabet, Dell, and Meta in the news seemingly daily, there is a way for agencies and contractors to attract highly skilled tech experts to the stability and mission of the federal government, as OPM and VA officials are showing they are eager to do. Read more

How do you write a State of the Union speech?

Read drafts out loud in front of a small audience and get feedback. Sure, we all do that, even for shortlist interviews. But what other tricks do speech-writers and speech-givers use in drafting the State of the Union? This article has some ideas that you can use during your own speeches. For starters, NO ACRONYMS! It prevents people from understanding whatever the speaker is saying. For someone with a stutter, adding notations–such as when to take a breath–helps keep speaking even-keeled. Other presidents have used notecards, breaking out the speech into small chunks, or rewriting the speech in his own handwriting. Read more

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