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  • Four things for contractors to look for now and into FY23: R&D tax credits, expect contracting officers to be hired, and lots of money just aching to be spent within civilian agencies.
  • To get AI right, start with a trained workforce: A government technologist panel said that agencies need to train their workforce in AI.
  • GAO denies USAID protest over $800M task order: Credence can work on its task order, after the dismissal of a Tetra Tech protest.
  • Polaris protests question bid due date and self scoring steps: GSA small business GWAC faces two vendor protests.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

US, UK agree to jointly partner on command and control.

As the Project Convergence network experiment wrapped up this month, US and UK military officials agreed to jointly improve command and control between the Pentagon’s JADCC and London’s Multi-Domain Integration Change Program while focusing on data compatibility and lessons learned from the exercise. Read more

GAO: DOD struggles with producing timely and accurate cyber reports.

There may be fewer reported DOD cyber incidents than there were seven years ago – 12,000 fewer than in 2015 – but the stats are probably skewed. The military and its contractors struggle with producing timely and accurate reports on cyber incidents, according to a GAO report. Read more

USACE kicks off Financial System Support recompete (a RFP announcement).

The recompete of Army Corps of Engineers’ Financial System Support contract is a five-year, $150M contract reserved for small businesses. Proposals are due Dec. 16. There’s a pre-proposal conference November 28. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • NASA is seeking vendor info for V3 of the Safety and Mission Assurance Engineering Contract (SMAEC III). SAIC is the incumbent.
  • USAF has posted a sources sought notice for Analytic Collaborative Environment Multi-INT sustainment and training for STRATCOM.
  • DOD must enhance cyber incident reporting and sharing.
  • New Space Force procurement shop subscribes to the space-as-a-service model.
  • ♥USA + Taiwan = 4Ever♥. U.S. is committed to Taiwan’s defense.

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  • General Dynamic Mission Systems has named a new VP of Strategy and Business Development.
  • Ultra Intelligence and Communications has turned to a former SAIC exec to be its new president and CEO.
  • Equitus names new president after announcing new national defense-focused subsidiary.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

Trade groups urge Congress to pass digital identity bill.

The Cybersecurity Coalition, Better Identity Coalition, Identity Theft Resource Center, US Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center, and others want Congress to include digital identity legislation in its year-end spending bill. The Improving Digital Identity Act was originally introduced in 2020. Read more

NGA DevCorps puts land navigation skills to test.

Forty team members of the NGIA DevCorps broke out their compasses and protractors and shot their azimuths while participating in the second annual land navigation field training exercise. The exercise was conceived by DevCorps Branch Chief Rodney “RJ” Mosquito and conducted by Army ROTC cadets, in coordination with Missouri Army National Guard UH60 Blackhawk helicopter pilots. Read more

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CIVILIAN

House modernization committee disbands; leaders express high hopes.

Even as their committee says “buh-bye!” members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress express high hopes that it won’t be an actual end of modernization of the elite group of politicians. Here’s to hoping! Read more

Watchdog faults DOS for information security flaws.
In an annual audit of its information security program for FY22, the DOS’s OIG found weaknesses in eight of nine DOS domains, putting information security at risk, despite the department’s significant expenditure on this issue. Read more

FAA seeks IT products and services through multi-billion dollar contract (a RFI).

FAA may spend between $5B and $10B over 10 years through an IT product and services contract it has unveiled through a Sources Sought posting, eschewing customized tech in favor of commercial off-the-shelf technology. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • SSA needs to do more to support vulnerable populations, such as those applying for disability benefits, through improvements in offering online applications and SSA applications in Spanish, according to a GAO report.
  • This online event will take a deep dive into the GSA OASIS+ Draft RFP.

Civilian Contracts Awards

  • Air Products books $1B NASA contract for liquid helium supply.
  • NASA has awarded a $553.7M financial services and support contract at several research centers around the country to a small business.
  • Change Healthcare Technologies snags $328M contract mod for digitial imaging support.

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M&A CORNER

Deep Water Point to buy Wolf Den.

Two government market consulting companies are joining forces, as Deep Water Point, a portfolio company of Renavus Capital Partners, has agreed to purchase Wolf Den, which has 400 clients in the federal government market. Read more

Cycurion to go public via a SPAC.

Cycurion, Inc., a provider of tech-enabled cybersecurity solutions, and Western Acquisition Ventures Corp. (Nasdaq: WAVS) (“Western”), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement. Read more

Albers Aerospace buys Garrett Container Systems.

Albers Aerospace has acquired Garrett Container Systems in a transaction aimed at expanding its capabilities in support of military customers. GCS will run as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albers. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

Presidential pardon saves two turkeys.

At an annual White House ceremony, POTUS pardoned two turkeys, sparing them the fate of appearing on Americans’ plates tomorrow. The birds, named Chocolate and Chip, were not immediately available for comment, upon learning of their fate. Read more

How one man quietly stitched the American safety net over four decades.

Robert Greenstein is not a household name. But for 40 years, he was one of the most powerful people in Washington, DC, with one of the most surprising jobs. He was the capitol’s de facto lobbyist for the poor, and he won countless fights that cumulatively directed hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of dollars to programs for low-income people. The odds are that you or someone you know got more services from the government — health insurance, more money, food assistance — because of his actions. Read more

How much extra are you paying for Thanksgiving this year?

If you’ve already gone shopping for your meal, you’ve already noticed that it’s a LOT more expensive than it normally is. Americans are bracing for a costly Thanksgiving this year, with double-digit percent increases in the price of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, canned pumpkin and other staples. The U.S. government estimates food prices will be up 9.5% to 10.5% this year; historically, they’ve risen only 2% annually. Read more

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