• USPS tightens online security after hackers steal employees’ paychecks by creating fake websites similar to USPS employee portal.
  • Rapid loss of talent leading to DOD cyber shortfalls: Pentagon’s chief weapons tester says ability to match up against Red Teams is limited.
  • Garrison in Syria used by U.S. troops attacked by kamikaze drones: Suicide drones seen in Ukrainian war might be used by ISIS in Syria.
  • Congressional oversight of fed workforce, IT, cyber to be split up: House Oversight and Accountability Committee leaders are putting their mark on the subcommittees by revamping more than a few.


Army moves forward with $500M info network support RFI.

More information on the RFI for the Army’s $500M unified network battle network procurement. Peraton, one of three incumbents, has taken 98 percent of task orders under the contract that the info network support procurement will succeed. Read more

DOD plan would make Space Command global operator of satellite network.

The Pentagon is planning to modernize DOD’s satellite communications networks into a “resilient enterprise” that will place the U.S. Space Command as the global operator of the network, according to an implementation plan released by the department’s CIO. Read more

The Army’s finally got a single system for personnel and pay, and it only took 10 years!

After a decade of planning, years of development, multiple delays and more than $1B in spending, the Army crossed a huge milestone in modernizing its HR systems last week: The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) went live for its entire population of 1.1 million soldiers. Read more

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  • Howard University wins $90M DOD contract to lead HBCU ‘tactical autonomy’ research initiative.
  • Epirus wins $66M Army contract for drone-frying Leonidas microwave kit.
  • VersAbility lands $141M USAF Mail Center support contract.
  • Dell wins $90M contract mod for Army Network Software.
  • Prism Maritime, a small business, wins $250M Navy contract for install, mod, and upgrade of combat systems.

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DIA CIO sees intel community moving beyond ‘stovepipe’ IT model.

DIA CIO Doug Cossa might win the Nobel Peace Prize for suggesting that intel agencies don’t have to maintain their own data centers or infrastructure services. DIA and the NGA are partnering under the Company Storefront initiative to offer common IT infrastructure services for the classified environment, including desktop services. Read more

Former counterintelligence chief accused of working for the Russians.

The FBI’s former top spy hunter in New York has been charged with taking secret cash payments of more than $225,000 while overseeing highly sensitive cases, and breaking the law by trying to get Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska removed from a U.S. sanctions list. Read more

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VA RFP” Electronic Data Interchange and Paper to Electronic Services.

The VA, VHA, and the IVC (formerly Office of Community Care), utilizes a Healthcare Clearinghouse (HCCH) to provide connectivity with community providers to support the payment for services provided to Veterans and Veteran Families via incoming and outgoing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Paper to Electronic (P2E) transaction services. This is a RFP announcement, due Feb. 17. Read more

NOAA looks to bolster its cybersecurity (a sources sought).

NOAA has posted a sources sought notice to support the joint operations of its Cyber Security Center and the Department of Commerce’s Enterprise Security Operations Center. Through the potential partnership, NOAA aims to integrate, correlate, and enhance security information used by NOAA and its partners and numerous other DOC bureaus. Read more

The glass ceiling is thin here! DHS director: “It’s a great time to be a woman in federal IT.”

According to a recent EEOC report, women account for only 29 percent of the STEM federal workforce. Despite this daunting figure, the director of the Enterprise Architecture Division at the DHS is optimistic that more women will be included when it comes to the future of Fed IT. “It’s a lot better now than it used to be 20 or 30 years ago,” she said. Read more

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Thoma Bravo strikes $1.3B deal for Magnet Forensics.

Thoma Bravo has agreed to acquire digital investigation software developer Magnet Forensics through Morpheus Purchaser, a newly established corporation controlled by the private equity firm, for approximately $1.3B. Read more

It’s belt-tightening time for space startups.

After years of sky-high valuations and investor competition for shares of promising space startups, high interest rates and the threat of recession have made investors cautious. In response to a lack of new funding sources, space startups are cutting back on hiring, reducing travel and giving up leased office space. Read more


Astronomers grab radio signal from most distant galaxy yet.

With help from the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope in India, a team of astronomers has grabbed a radio signal from the most distant galaxy yet, known as the 21 cm line, the first time such a radio signal has been detected across such a great distance. Read more

Today’s no-brainer: Tech gig workers love flexibility, report finds.

A recent Legal & General U.S. Gig Economy study shows that many U.S. tech gig workers like the increase flexiblity that remote work has given them during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The study shows that fed hiring officials might want to consider giving prospective tech workers more ability to work remotely to increase the attractiveness of the Club Fed. Read more

Is China about to destroy encryption as we know it?  Maybe.

Late last month, a group of Chinese scientists quietly posted a paper purporting to show how a combination of classical and quantum computing techniques, plus a powerful enough quantum computer, could shred modern-day encryption. The breakthrough–if real–would jeopardize not only much U.S. military and intelligence-community communication but financial transactions and even your text messages.  Read more

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