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  • DOD Unveils Framework to Guide Zero Trust Implementation: The cybersecurity framework outlines targeted efforts to secure the Department’s Information Enterprise.
  • Brush up on best practices for virtual oral presentations: Dive into these three critical dimensions to up your virtual oral presentation game.
  • Lingering bills, amendments to have lasting implications for feds: Lawmakers have until Dec. 16 to pass appropriations bills and fund the govt. next year, but other items loom with big implications for feds.
  • Digital mission infrastructure is driving federal mandates: Learn how digital mission infrastructure gives you capabilities to meet your goals.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

SSC signs CRADA with Blue Origin.

SSC’s Assured Access to Space directorate has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, marking the restart of certification activities for Blue Origin’s New Glenn that began in 2018 when it won a Launch Service Agreement. SSC terminated Blue Origin’s LSA in December 2020 after the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 winners were announced. Read more

USSTRATCOM issues ACE-M sources sought.

USAF posted a sources sought for Analytic Collaboration Environment – Multi-INT (ACE-M) Sustainment/Training as an initial step in the planning process for the advancement, integration, and testing of the GOTS software “Analytic Collaboration Environment –Multi-INT (ACE-M)” in support of USSTRATCOM. Read more

U.S. launches unmanned & AI systems integration event.

U.S. 5th Fleet has begun an unmanned and AI integration event involving new platforms in Bahrain for the first time. The event – called Digital Horizon – will advance the command’s efforts to integrate new unmanned technologies while establishing the world’s first unmanned surface vessel fleet by end of next summer. Read more

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Defense Contract Awards

  • Viasat snags $325M USSOCOM C4 tactical comms system contract.
  • ManTech wins $43.5M Space Force contract for specialized security support services.
  • OptumServe extends military health services under $93M DHA award.
  • L3 Communication Integrated Systems LP wins $42M AF contract for Joint Airborne Multi-Mission Multi-Sensor System Integration Lab, Ground, and Training System.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

The intelligence community’s intersection with cyber.

The two main concepts on which the U.S. Army’s cyber team is concentrated in order to protect its information are time and scale. Responding to potential threats in “machine time” to diminish the blast radius of a harmful event is crucial, as is executing cybersecurity that matches the breadth of resources in need of protection. Read more

INSCOM posts CISSC RFI.

INSCOM has posted an RFI for the Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Intelligence Support Services Contract (CISSC) (W911W4-21-C-0001). Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 29. Read more

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Agencies slacking when it comes to breaking down language barriers, says DOJ.

DOJ wants agencies to do more to address language barriers in federal services. The department says that agencies should make more of their public-facing services and resources available in languages other than English to provide better accessibility to those who have limited English proficiency. Read more

Lawmakers to vote soon on legislation to reform FedRAMP.

Senate lawmakers are expected to vote soon on legislation to reform the FedRAMP authorization program for cloud vendors. Changes: creating a Board of Directors to speed things along. Also, creating a “presumption of adequacy” clause, which would allow FedRAMP-authorized tools to be used in an agency without additional oversight or verification. Read more

Lockheed Martin, NVIDIA to build digital twin for NOAA.

Lockheed Martin and NVIDIA will collaborate to build an AI-driven Earth Observations Digital Twin for NOAA — the solution will provide a centralized approach to monitor current global environmental conditions, including extreme weather events. Read more

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M&A CORNER

QinetiQ US acquires Avantus Federal.

QinetiQ US announced that it completed its acquisition of Avantus Federal from NewSpring Holdings for an enterprise value of $590M.  Read more

Cybersec company Cycurion to go public through Western SPAC merger.

Cybersecurity platforms provider Cycurion has agreed to merge with blank check company Western Acquisition Ventures in a transaction that would take the former public and give the combined entity a total pro forma equity value of about $271.63M. Read more

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How did this disabled man get picked for astronaut training?

A disabled British man has been chosen for astronaut training by Europe’s space agency, a world first. John McFall, 41, joined 16 men and women selected for the ESA’s first new class of astronauts in 13 years. Read more

Finding high-quality bomb-sniffing dogs is, apparently, pretty ruffÂ đŸ¶.

The pandemic was largely responsible for the global supply chain logjam that has disrupted commerce and fueled a global cost-of-living crisis and, apparently, no pipeline has escaped its impact. After years of trying to raise awareness around a shortage of bomb-detecting dogs, experts say that pandemic-related turmoil has further complicated the situation. Read more

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QUICK HITS
  • 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

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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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  • OMB sets deadline for certifying quantum vulnerable cryptographic systems: federal agencies face a May 2023 deadline. Step 1: inventory.
  • DOI should develop cyber security strategy for off-shore domestic oil and gas facilities, GAO warns.
  • Solving agency data waste problems can lead to mucho moolah for contractors, according to former Pentagon CIO, now with IBM.
  • Nearly 9 in 10 fed agencies are using or considering 5G: GDIT survey of 500 feds found concerns about costs, cyber risks, integration challenges.
  • 8(a) Program and EDWOSB: Are they economically disadvantaged twins or siblings?

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

Here are some important lessons learned from Air Force’s ILS-S systems modernization.

The USAF Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) Directorate’s Integrated Logistics System – Supply program has seen near-constant modernization initiatives since the early 1980s, when its main component, the Standard Business Supply System, transitioned from assembly code to COBOL. More recently, BES has moved the system into Amazon Web Services’ Cloud One. Read more

Air Force looks to industry for help with Advanced Battle Management System modernization (a RFI).

As it seeks to build the next generation of command and control systems, USAF officials have selected five companies as a consortium to modernize the service’s Advanced Battle Management System.

Raytheon tests information-sharing technology with JADC2 in mind.

Raytheon BBN has successfully tested software at the AFRL that allows for tailored access to information streams despite intermittent connectivity and other challenges expected on future battlefields. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • “Live, live, die.” How the USAF plans to authorize robotic wingmen to attack targets.
  • AFRL broke ground on a $4.5M, 6,200 square foot facility at Kirtland AFB, N.M., the Facility for Radiation Tolerance Research on Electronics for Space and Strategic Systems (FORTRESS).
  • Ukraine is just a dress rehearsal. Army acquisition chief sees autonomy, systems hardening, as key to overcoming comms challenges in future drone wars.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

BlackSky Technologies’ NGA contract ceiling doubled.

BlackSky Technologies Inc. announced that NGA has doubled the ceiling on its now-$60M, five-year IDIQ for economic indicator monitoring contract, with real-time monitoring done using AI technologies. Read more

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CIO-SP4 protest dismissals likely coming in days.

NIH’s CIO-SP4, a government-wide IT services contract that could be worth $50B, has received 117 protests from contractors eliminated during down select, but the NIH organization responsible for the procurement is taking corrective action, which should resolve a number of the protests. Read more

Ascend BPA promises smoother acquisition for cloud acquisitions.

The multiple-award Ascend BPA, part of GSA’s Cloud Marketplace vision, could offer a smoother, “one-stop-shop” acquisition path for federal agencies seeking to acquire cloud services. The RFP should drop in the 2Q of 2023. Read more

DHS wants to deploy an “easy button” for cloud adoption.

Deputy CIO Beth Cappello said that DHS is developing an IDIQ contract vehicle, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Provider Suite that will provide the flexibility and scalability to better enable easy cloud adoption by its 22 organizations. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • GSA’s CIO says that move to cloud has resulted in a 300% reduction in time-to-value on tech projects.
  • Secret Service’s Zero Trust architecture has made progress but needs to be updated to align its efforts with OMB guidance on the subject, according to a GAO report.
  • Three DOE nominees who would oversee cybersecurity and clean energy receive Senate confirmation hearing.

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  • VA is hiring medical center executive directors at multiple locations around the country.
  • The USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Business Center in Washington, D.C., is seeking an assistant CIO.

M&A CORNER

Boeing Defense to cut execs, consolidate divisions.

As a part of a broader culture shift initiated by the unit’s CEO after losing billions of dollars in recent years, Boeing Defense is consolidating its eight defense, space, and security divisions into four and cutting a number of executive positions. Read more

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How many turkeys could a nuclear reactor cook for Thanksgiving?

As we approach our annual Turkey Day, in case you were wondering how many turkeys a nuclear reactor could cook, apparently the answer is 2.5 million, according to DOE’s office of Nuclear Energy. Read more

Astronaut carried a piece of Native American history into space.

When Astronaut John Herrington ventured to space aboard the Endeavor STS-113 mission, he became the first Native American to go to space. Herrington carried the flag of the Chickasaw Nation, of which he is an enrolled member. Read more

Did you know that the government has a National Ice Center?

As fall gives way to winter, temperatures are declining. Did you know that the government has a National Ice Center? The National Ice Center is part of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. Read more

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🏛 SBA adjusts size standards, Enlightenment buys Agile Defense, DOD fails inventory audit, NSA gets a new office, IRS callback a huge success

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  • For once, inflation is friendly! SBA adjusts size standards, economic disadvantage limits, and 8(a) Sole source dollar limits for inflation.
  • The reason behind dwindling protest numbers:  For the fifth year in a row, the number of bid protests presented for to the GAO has dropped.
  • DHS wants to deploy ‘easy button’ for cloud adoption: The Department is planning a contract vehicle to help components buy cloud.
  • China’s cyber capabilities ‘pose a serious threat’: China’s focus on cyber “poses a formidable threat to the United States in cyberspace.”
  • Iranian hackers compromised a federal agency’s network: Bad actors were able to exploit an unpatched Log4Shell vulnerability, say FBI, CISA.

TRIVIA

How much did the Manhattan Project cost? (total cost through August 1945)

A. $850 million
B. $1.25 billion
C. $1.90 million
D. $2.35 million

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DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

The Army moved 160K users to Google Workspace in just two weeks.

The Army isn’t wasting time moving soldiers, guardsmen, and reservists to the Google Workspace app. It plans to have at least 250,000 users on the platform by 2023. The transition comes as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that saw reservists and National Guard members struggling to access their email. Read more

Can the US military move quickly enough to outpace its adversaries?

As the military pivots toward the escalating peer competition and accelerates its migration to the cloud, leaders are wondering how best to leverage cloud computing from operational scenarios to the tactical edge — in a hypothetical “night after” scenario, would the military have what it needs to move quickly enough to outpace its adversaries?  Read more

DOD fails audit, sees Ukraine as ‘teachable moment’ in accountability.

The audit covered the DOD’s $3.5 trillion in assets and $3.7 trillion in liabilities and involved 1,600 auditors conducting 220 in-person site visits and 750 virtual site visits. The 27 individual audits that comprise the effort yielded nine clean opinions, one modified opinion and disclaimers for the rest. This was on par with last year’s results. The number of the DoD’s material weaknesses also stayed steady at 28. Read more

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INTEL COMMUNITY

Why the NSA is opening up to outsiders in its fight for cybersecurity.

Lots of NSA cyber threat hunters are relocating to a new office: an unsecured suburban office park in Maryland. NSA officials say they are trying to reduce bureaucratic barriers and make it easier for agency talent to work more closely with increasingly vital private sector security researchers. “No guns, no guards, no gates,” said the director of the Cybersecurity Collaboration Center. Read more | NSA press release

NCSC, partners unveil “Safeguarding Science” toolkit.

The NCSC and its partners have announced a collaboration between parts of the nation’s intelligence and scientific communities to mitigate risks it faces from nation-state, criminal, and other threat actors. Read more

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EVENT RECAP

Emerging Technology Forum: In case YOU missed it!

If you didn’t make the Emerging Technology roundtable event on Wednesday, then you missed a wonderful opportunity to meet some key federal technology innovators at the DHA, CMS, GSA, and FDA. Fortunately for you, GovBrew has the scoop!

The discussion focused on current projects, challenges, investment in new technology, and advice for small businesses. Read more

CIVILIAN

GSA OASIS drops! GSA plans more domains, small business spots.

GSA has unveiled a first draft solicitation for the recompete of the governmentwide OASIS professional services vehicle, providing more details on what the plan for the acquisition is. The vehicle’s new iteration goes by OASIS+; the plus sign could refer to several things that are new about the vehicle, namely the structure of small business awards and the number of service domains. Read more

IRS exec says callback trial saved taxpayers 1.7M hours of hold time.

A trial of a telephone callback system conducted last year by the IRS saved taxpayers about 1.7 million hours of hold time, according to an IRS senior customer experience leader. Rolling out the new tech apparently has significantly improved customer experience for certain taxpayers and kept them from spending hours on the phone. Read more

GSA establishes new legal division for technology services.

The GSA recently expanded its technology offerings to cover legal services with the creation of a new division within the OGC. Dubbed the Technology Law Division, the division will be tasked with providing “dedicated and specialized legal services to GSA’s technology-focused components.” Read more

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Enlightenment Capital acquires IT services provider Agile Defense.

Enlightenment Capital has purchased Agile Defense, which provides digital transformation and IT platforms and services to the DOD and other federal govt. customers. Agile Defense offers enterprise IT, DevSecOps, cloud migration support, compliance as a service, cybersecurity assessment and risk management, and IT service management support to U.S. military branches, DISA, and federal clients. Read more

C3 Integrated Solutions, Steel Root create CMMC-focused services provider.

C3 Integrated Solutions and Steel Root have merged to form a new entity that will provide end-to-end managed services to help defense contractors comply with the CMMC program and other regulatory standards. Read more

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What’s the best way to win hackathons and coding challenges?

Hackathons and coding challenges are fiery furnaces that throw immense temporal, technical, and social heat — and in that eat, one can forge one’s mettle and push their limits. Learn more about this trial by fire and take notes on some guidance for navigating – and winning – these ardent gauntlets. Read more

FDA approves lab-grown meat, putting it one step closer to your dinner plate.

This week the FDA gave approval to Upside Foods, a CA-based startup, to sell its lab-grown, or “cultivated,” chicken. The product — which is biologically indistinguishable from chicken meat taken from a slaughtered bird — is made by growing animal cells in bioreactors, which are fed a mix of nutrients to develop into fat and muscle tissue. Though the company still needs USDA approval before it can sell to consumers, it’s a major step forward in the race to what could be an ethically and environmentally superior form of meat. How does it taste? “Gamey and crispy.” Read more

TRIVIA ANSWER

ANSWER: A

The total cost of the Manhattan Project through August 1945 was $1.9 billion.

In 2022 dollars, the cost would be $31.2 billion.

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  • OASIS+ Draft RFP hit the streets. Comment deadline ends Dec. 31.
  • POTUS to contractors, cut your greenhouse gas emissions: White House wants contractors to abide by Paris Agreement.
  • Google public sector CEO shares vision: Karen Dehut preaches about the importance of cloud choice in the federal cloud market.
  • Protests! CIO-SP4 hit with nearly 100 company objections: $50B NIH CIO-SP4 contract has been hit with 97 protests so far.
  • IoT devices to get new cybersec standards: Agencies have until December to meet new cybersecurity requirements for IoT devices.

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DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

Big businesses form techy Justice League to collaborate on 5G adoption.

GDIT, Cisco, and AWS have teamed together, with Dell Technologies, Splunk, and T-Mobile to help facilitate 5G adoption across DOD. Read more

White House Requests $37.7B in Ukraine Aid, with $21.7B for DOD efforts.

The Biden administration is requesting that Congress authorize $21.7 billion in defense aid to continue providing equipment to Ukraine and to replenish Department of Defense stocks. It is also asking for $14.5 billion for direct budget support to Ukraine, critical wartime investments and security assistance as well as to strengthen global food security and provide humanitarian assistance. Read more

Army readies RFP for SIPRNet modernization.

Army officials are reading an RFP for modernizing their worldwide classified warfighting network, the Secret IP Router Network (SIPRNet), part of the service’s unified network plan, which would produce a global, secure network that soldiers around the world could connect to. Read more

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  • An Army veteran, who arrived in Ukraine in March, has been hired to shore up Ukraine’s northern flank with foreign volunteers.
  • After 16 years with the organization, the Command Information Officer (CIO) at Naval Information Warfare Center, has moved on.
  • Former CACI exec joins GDIT as VP, GM of Navy Marine Corps programs.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

How information plays a big role in U.S. strategic competition.

Strategic competition is a long game dating back to the post–World War II era and its revisionist powers that sought to disrupt international order. Strategic competitors gain an advantage when they harness all elements of national power—diplomatic, information, military, and economic—but their success depends on the effective use of information. Read more

Army posts SS notice for Education, Doctrine, and Instruction for Intelligence Efforts.

The Army has posted a sources sought notice for Education, Doctrine, and Instruction for Intelligence Efforts (EDIF-IE) to identify parties interested in supporting EDIF-IE services to support the USA ICOE. The intention is to procure these services on a competitive 8(a) basis. Read more

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CIVILIAN

Real signatures: that’s so 1990! DOL becomes a digital signature believer.

Department of Labor’s Office of Workers Compensation Program debuts electronic signatures in early 2022 and six months later ditches hard copy signatures. Read more

It’s not Meta in here! VA is hiring to “maximum capacity.” 

The VA’s benefits division is looking to bring several thousand hires onboard to “maximize its capacity,” as it prepares to implement legislation that will make millions of new veterans eligible for VA health care and benefits. More than 145,000 veterans already filed claims under the PACT Act. VBA set a goal of hiring nearly 2,100 claims processors this spring. The first cohort of these hires are onboard at VBA and going through agency training. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Newly-released documents show how close FBI was to deploying the Israeli-made Pegasus hacking tool.
  • Russian software found in smartphone app used by CDC and US Army. And it looks like the deception was deliberate.
  • Meet the fellow who makes sure FEMA arrives at disasters fully prepared: Eric Leckey.
  • Hey federal employees! Got ideas about how you think govt. tech can serve the public?

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M&A CORNER

VTG has acquired Next Rev Technologies LLC.

VTG has acquired Next Rev Technologies LLC, enhancing VTG’s multi-cloud capabilities and adding intelligence community customers to its client base. VTG is a force modernization and digital transformation company that has acquired five companies in five years. Read more

AE Industrial Partners completes majority stake investment in smallsat vendor.

AE Industrial Partners, a venture capital firm and space investor, has completed a majority stake investment in York Space Systems, a maker of small satellite systems founded in 2012. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

Gen X and Gen Z value remote work, but for different reasons.

Feds in Gen X and Gen Z are looking for more flexibility at work, but for different reasons, according to the Partership for Public Service. Many Gen Z members, born between 1997 and 2012, entered the workforce during the pandemic, so remote or hybrid work is a general expectation for them, and a sign that their employers trust them to work without immediate supervision, while Gen X (born between 1965 and 1980) value remote work for family reasons. Read more

Should OPM ban the use of salary history in the hiring process?

Some say that when federal agencies consider job applicants’ salary histories, that it only perpetuates historic pay gaps in gender and ethnic pay disparities.Officials have suggested that agencies will no longer be allowed to solicit the salary history of job applicants under the new regulations, but have been less clear about whether applicants will be able to voluntarily provide agencies with their salary history.  Read more

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🏛 DOI’s 1B cloud RFP, DHS extends FirstSource III, Space Force gets a war college, OSINT market size report, 5 tips for small biz

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  • Want to hear about emerging technology trends? Attend the virtual event this Wednesday to hear from government technology leaders across six different agencies. Use this link to get a discount!
  • VA digitizing veterans’ records: The VA is making progress in storing digital service records in the cloud.
  • Ninja obstacle course for SBAs: Rooting out acquisition obstacles and foiling slow-moving acquisition “valley of death” is a priority for Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.
  • IT workforce, budget among top OPM modernization challenges for FY23 despite some initial progress, according to OIG.
  • DHS CBP commissioner resigns: Christopher Magnus was confirmed by the Senate last last year.
  • Better data, training, hiring processes important to cyber workforce strategy.
  • Some NAICS codes were recently updated. Have you checked to make sure yours are current?

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

A custom-created role! Army’s PEO for Enterprise Information Systems to create new CIO position.

The Army’s Program Executive Officer for EIS plans to create a new CIO position that will be a key integrator to digital transformation with similar Army organizations. Read more

AFRL Skyborg program prepares for final software demo.

AFRL’s Skyborg program, a top AFRL science and technology initiative, is preparing for its final software demonstration. Skyborg is focused on developing a platform-agnostic “collaborative combat aircraft” that would enable future combat drones to team with combat aircraft  Read more

Navy Reserves advancing through data analytics.

Out of “pilot purgatory,” the Navy Reserves is using the Department of Navy’s cloud-based Jupiter platform and its analytical capabilities to make readiness and operational decisions, according to its force data officer. Read more

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5 THINGS SMALL BUSINESSES CAN DO TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet Stephanie Alexander and Katie Bilek, co-founders of GovMates, then you’ll know that they are strong and successful entrepreneurs. Today, they offer up some of their very best advice for you today, including tips about OTA consortia, how to do a successful 4-minute client pitch, and what to watch out for when connecting with a corporate matchmaker. Read more

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INTEL COMMUNITY

FBI came close to deploying spyware for domestic surveillance.

The FBI came very close to using highly controversial commercial spyware to aid in its domestic criminal investigations. New documents acquired via FOIA include a number of internal FBI PowerPoint presentations, created throughout 2020 and 2021, that discuss how the bureau could deploy the hacking tools. Among these, the bureau’s Criminal Investigative Division produced a 25-page memorandum that included “recommendations” for how NSO’s products could be used “under certain specific conditions,” as well as proposed guidelines for district attorneys offices across the country on how to approach the process of criminal discovery for cases involving the tool.   Read more

A new report claims the global OSINT market size In 2022 is $4.2B and is expected to grow to $6B by 2028. 

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is the collection and analysis of information that is gathered from public, or open, sources. OSINT is primarily used in national security, law enforcement, and business intelligence functions. The global market for OSINT is estimated at $4.2B million in the year 2022 and is projected to reach a revised size of $6B by 2028. This latest report researches the industry structure, revenue, and gross margin, major players, market shares, and additional information. Read more

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Interior Department releases nearly $1B cloud solicitation.

Interior Department has released a draft solicitation for a single-source IDIQ cloud procurement, Cloud Hosting Solutions III, that could be worth nearly $1B over 11 years. Read more

The seventh time is the charm: DHS again extends $10B FirstSource III solicitation deadline.

At the offerers’ request, DHS officials have extended, for the seventh time, the solicitation deadline for the $10B IT FirstSource III services and software contract. On Phase II of the solicitation, DHS has amended the IT value added reseller category. The latest deadline is Nov. 21. Read more

IRS commissioner nominee news.

POTUS plans to nominate Danny Werfel, a federal management guru, to serve as the next IRS commissioner. Werfer has served as OMB controller, and had a previous stint as IRS commissioner in 2013. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • NIST is looking for feedback on a proposed pilot project on common cybersecurity risks at water and wastewater plans..
  • GAO denied a CACI protest of Peraton’s $343M IT infrastructure task order, enabling the latter’s work to move forward.
  • DOJ using a FOIA wizard to create more user-friendly experience.

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GOVCON M&A CORNER

CNSI to merge with Kepro in healthcare push.

CNSI, a portfolio company of Carlysle, will merge with healthcare management services provider Kepro. The merger should be complete next month, and Apax Partners, an equity partnership with a state in Kepro, will not retain any ownership stake. Read more

Castellum acquiring mysterious $10M government contractor. (Who is it?)

Castellum has signed a letter of intent to acquire an East Coast government contractor with $10M in annual revenue. The acquisition would be Castellum’s seventh and would be completed by the end of January. Sorry, don’t mean to click-bait you, but seriously, they don’t post the name of the acquired firm. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

The Human touch: Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the next step in AI.

As the DOD and our adversaries, such as China, invest billions of dollars in making defense systems work with artificial intelligence, learn about the next step in AI: artificial general intelligence. AGI is the ability of an intelligent agent to understand or learn any intellectual task in the same way that humans do. Unlike AI which relies on ever-expanding datasets to perform more complex tasks, AGI will exhibit the same attributes as those associated with the human brain, including common sense, background knowledge, transfer learning, abstraction, and causality. Of particular interest is the human ability to generalize from scanty or incomplete input. Read more

Are all these layoffs in the tech industry going to mean that you–and government–finally get a chance at recruiting them?

Their (Big Tech’s) loss is your gain, right?  If you are looking to hire tech talent, you might want to start searching for newly “employment-single” staffers on recruiting websites. Not sure where to start? Check out these companies that have had massive layoffs recently. Read more

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đŸ‡ș🇾 Happy Veterans Day

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VETERAN STORIES 

What you may be getting wrong about veterans.

As of 2018, less than 10% of adults in the U.S. were veterans, according to a 2021 report from the Pew Research Center. The number of living veterans is only going to decrease, the same report said. While the population dwindles, veterans continue to play an outsized role in innumerable facets of American society, from pop culture to politics. And perhaps it’s because of that dwindling population, and because fewer Americans actually know a military veteran, that many misconceptions persist about who veterans are. Read this Task & Purposes story to see what those misconceptions are. Read more

Library of Congress Veteran History Project.

The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served in World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. Read more

Meet the Federal IT and Consulting firms recognized for their commitment to Veteran hiring and retention.

Many Federal IT and consulting firms were recognized by the Department of Labor, receiving the HIRE Vets Medallion Award, the only Federal-level Veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to Veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. Check out this article to learn which GovCon firms won. Read more

AROUND THE WEB

đŸ‡ș🇾 Useful: Grit, adaptability, attention to detail, and leadership experience. Four reasons veterans make excellent startup hires.

🗣 Cool: Meet 25 military influencers, advocates and change-makers of 2022.

đŸ€‘ Wow: Each year, a number of businesses offer discounts around Veterans Day. Check out this list of 2022 Veterans Day freebies and this list that tells you where vets eat free.

🎖 Video: Nothing like a cadence! Check out this I left my home or hard work cadence remix.

NO BOUNDARIES

A nonprofit turning disability into abilities for our heroes.

If you are looking for a Veteran organization to support you should consider No Boundaries. Started by Molly Raymond after a car crash left her with a Traumatic Brain Injury, The No Boundaries program promotes self-esteem, pride, and a sense of accomplishment for combat wounded service men and women as they expand their independence and overcome challenges once thought insurmountable.

No Boundaries sends wounded veterans on trips that allow them to experience various challenging activities in scenic outdoor settings.  The challenges and accomplishments on these trips help wounded veterans understand that their disabilities may not be as limiting as they once thought when participating in many of life’s available activities.  Living together under one roof for 6 days, these heroes also benefit from group socialization, camaraderie, teamwork, and new life-long friendships with fellow veterans who are in the same situation and experience the same challenges in life.  The veterans and No Boundaries hosts become like family on these trips. Donate Now

GOVBREW EVENT (GIVING BACK TO VETERANS)

GovBrew Emerging Technology Forum.

GovBrew is hosting a virtual forum on innovative emerging technologies. Hear Federal agency leaders discuss their experience deploying cutting-edge technologies in the public sector and how they use them to drive real change and meet their agency’s mission. Register now for a special Veterans Day Promo!

Government Speakers
-➀ Cindy Orellana Good – Dept of Treasury – Senior Analyst, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation
-➀ Kathryn Wetherby – CMS – Deputy Director Marketplace IT Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO)
-➀ Chris Skirvin – Defense Health Agency – Chief, Global Service
Operations
-➀ Robert Whetsel – FDA – Associate Director for Data Architecture, Senior Advisor for Data Architecture
-➀ Ron Williams – GSA – Director, Cloud Adoption & Infrastructure Optimization
-➀ Dr. Aaron Drew – Chief Engineer & Chief Architect of Enterprise Supply Chain Modernization (eSCM) Program VA
-➀ Bobby Saxon (Moderator) – Deputy Director (Deputy CIO), Office of Information Technology, CMS

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🏛 TikTok is hiring former intel officials, JETS 2.0, DODs new AI hub, DFCs 250M cloud RFP, USAF TM-BM RFI, VA solutions focused engineering

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  • Almost half of phishing attacks target government employees to steal credentials, according to survey.
  • DOD plans $9B enterprise-wide cloud contract award early next month: Award will replace JEDI, which Pentagon terminated.
  • Best practices for contracting success: Learn how to make better decisions about your contract formation tools, types, and approaches (a DAU guide).
  • Virtual oral presentations: Here are some great tips on making the most out of your Zoom presentation.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

Pentagon forms new AI hubs for R&D teams to share data and advance models.

Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for R&E officials are developing a new cloud-based, common infrastructure of “artificial intelligence hubs,” through which military laboratories and R&D units can exchange previously separated data and collaborate within a shared modeling and simulation environment consistent with DOD security protocols. Read more

Army planning “more than a dozen” projects to test new tech.

In addition to Project Convergence, the Army is planning more than a dozen projects to test and refine new technology next year to help the service better innovate and move at speed  Read more

NIST prioritizes spectrum sharing in contract design for DOD.

At the request of DISA’s spectrum organization, NIST officials are creating a contract, the Citizens Broadband Radio Service Sharing Ecosystem Assessment, for developing a new data collection system to see how spectrum is shared between military and non-military users. Read more

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Defense Contract Awards

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  • William LaPlante, Pentagon acquisition chief, was awarded a 2022 Wash100 award by Executive Mosaic..
  • Axient has named a new VP of its Navy business segment, a two-decade industry veteran who also serves as president of its SEG subsidiary.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

USAF releases Transformational Model Battle Management  (TM-BM) RFI.

Effective synchronization of JADC2 capability development across nations, departments, and services, requires a common mental model of complex concepts. Battle Management is one such concept that is often subject to conflations and divergent conceptions. The TM-BM aims to illuminate the enduring and all-domain nature of Battle Management by establishing a precise boundary around Battle Management. Read more

U.S. advance work helped blunt Russian cyber attacks in Ukraine.

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of both the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command, argues that U.S. cyber preparations in Ukraine helped to blunt any Russian advantage. Read more

DIA DoDIIS is December 12-15, are you ready? 

DIA is hosting its annual Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference in San Antonio. The event will be hosted by DIA Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier and DIA Chief Information Officer Doug Cossa. Read more

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Even though it is frequently overlooked, physical security as important as cyber security.

Cybersecurity discussion usually focus on protecting digital infrastructure and software systems. Physical infrastructure and its security is often overlooked, but the security of physical buildings that host the digital infrastructure and people are equally important, one op-ed argues.  Read more

DHS Cyber Talent Management System can help solve cyber security recruiting challenges op-ed argues.

Rather than be viewed as the cause of problems, DHS’ Cyber Talent Management System can be retooled to help alleviate federal agencies’ troubles in recruiting cyber talent, according to an op-ed. Read more.

Solution-focused engineering and collaboration the key at VA, CIO says.

Ten months into his job as CIO at VA, Kurt DelBene has come to the conclusion that a digital transformation is possible there through solution-focused engineering and collaboration. Much of DelBene’s perspective is guided by his extensive private sector experience. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

Civilian Contracts Awards

  • Excella has secured a spot on FERC’s $112M, 10-year Data Support BPA.
  • ICF gets a second shot at $50M DOJ TO initially awarded to Booz Allen.

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GOVCON M&A CORNER

Edgesource acquires Auspex.

Edgesource Corporation announced that it has acquired Auspex LLC, a provider of advanced data analytics, cybersecurity, and management consulting services to the intelligence community.  Read more

Bollinger to buy 2 US marine subsidiaries of ST Engineering: VT Halter Marine and ST Engineering Halter Marine Offshore.

Bollinger Shipyards has agreed to acquire two U.S. marine subsidiaries of ST Engineering North America as part of efforts to expand its ship construction and repair capabilities in support of defense and commercial clients. The acquisition of VT Halter Marine and ST Engineering Halter Marine Offshore is expected to close before the end of December.  Read more

Fast 50 listing published by Washington Technology.

Washington Technology has debuted its Fast 50, its annual listing of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the government contracting market, as measured by revenue growth over a five-year period. GovBrew congratulates these over-achievers! Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

Meet the Remus 620, the new undersea drone of HII .

As the Navy pursues its strategy for unmanned and autonomous systems, HII has debuted its next undersea vehicle, the Remus 620. Originally designed by Hydroid, a company acquired by HII in 2020, the Remus 620 features a modular design that segregates the system’s core components from those that a customer might want to alter for their own purposes. Read more

Seizing a Russian superyacht is actually pretty complicated.

Amadea, a superyacht worth $325 million, has been moored in the port of San Diego since June, unused, legally bound there for many more months, likely years. It’s 348 feet long, with six decks, and it looms over a waterside park where families come for picnics and anglers for mackerel.  Read more

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🏛 Federal CDOs are confused, NASA’s 1.9B IMOC III recompete, NGA & DIA RFIs

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  • Chief Data Officers unclear on responsibilities: About half of CDOs are unclear on their responsibilities, according to a survey.
  • Federal contract spending decreases again in FY22: Driven by DOD decreases, overall decline estimated at 7%, according to Deltek.
  • Microsoft pledges Ukraine wartime tech innovation: Microsoft extends its help to Kyiv to access Microsoft cloud and public data centers.
  • Federal HR employees given more guidance about using data: OPM is giving federal HR more guidance about using data in recruitment, such as exit interview data.
  • NASA IMOC III, the $1.9B contract: NASA started its competition for a $1.93 billion follow-on contract to provide spaceflight mission support services to Johnson Space Center’s Flight Operations Directorate.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

The supply chain is screwing up contracting and increasing risks like, big time. 

DOD is engaging in more due diligence and risk management, driven in part by growing supply chain complexities and national security concerns, in its contracting. Much needs to be done, such as vetting new entrant companies. Read more

Former DOD acquisition chief highlights trust issues between DOD and Congress.

Fixing DOD’s acquisition system, which many criticize as being stuck in the 1960s, is becoming a big priority for 2023, after Congress created a special commission to examine the process as a part of the 2022 Defense Authorization Act and come up with reform recommendations. One commission member, Ellen Lord, former Pentagon acquisitions chief, highlighted the lack of trust between Congress and the Pentagon. Read more

Space Force needs to continue to move more rapidly, Gen. Raymond says.

As he completed his tenure as leader of the U.S. Space Force, Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond said that the service represents a big step forward in uniting DOD’s space architecture in requirements under one roof and that it needs to continue to move quickly and leverage commercial innovation.  Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Space Force lays out its 2023 timeline for rapid-response launch experiment.
  • After Verizon pulls its protest, Lumen Technologies begins work on $1.5B DISA Indo-Pacific network contract.
  • For the 10th straight year, DLA exceeded its DOD-assigned target by obligating over 40% of its contracts to small businesses against a 35.1% objective. DLA also topped its 3% goal in the HUBZone category at 3.5%.

Defense Contract Awards

  • Lockheed Martin won a $765M IDIQ Navy contract for site activation/hardware requirements.
  • Amazon, Project Kuiper, Microsoft, and SpiderOak Mission Systems won a DIU hybrid space architecture Ph2 project.

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  • Firefly Aerospace has made its interim COO, appointed in May, a permanent one.
  • DISA has named a new Assistant to the Director, a one-star Army general who helped strengthen interoperability between NATO and DOD networks.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

Industry group pushes for classified co-working spaces.

Could this be the start of a WeWork for spies? The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is pushing intel agencies to fund sensitive compartmented information facilities (SCIFs) to fund and certified shared SCIFs to give the cleared workforce more flexibility in where they work. Read more

Idaho National Lab working with NIST on cyber-informed engineering action plan for the electronic grid.

As a part of DOE’s National Cyber-Informed Engineering Strategy, Idaho National Laboratory is developing an action plan with NIST to ensure utility companies and the rest of the energy sector use cyber-informed engineering when connecting to the electric grid.  Read more

DOD’s unclassified National Defense Strategy.

DOD publicly released its unclassified National Defense Strategy. The strategy sets the strategic direction of the Department to support U.S. national security priorities, and flows directly from President Biden’s National Security Strategy. The National Defense Strategy includes the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and the Missile Defense Review (MDR). Read more

ICYMI Snippets

IC Contract Awards

  • ECS has won a five-year, $430 million, recompete contract to support the Army Endpoint Security Solution.

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  • DHS has a new director of enterprise technology within the Office of CIO, the former CTO of the U.S. Marshall’s Service.

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OPM seeks to modernize federal HR.

In OPM’s five-year strategic plan, moving from federal HR on a transactional basis to more forward-looking, data-driven, customer-focused role, according to OPM director Kiran Ahuja . Read more

CISA leaning toward lower threshold for cyber incident reporting requirements.

As it implements the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act, CISA officials are discussing it with stakeholders and leaning toward implementing a lower threshold for cyber incident reporting requirements. Read more

FCC launching a new space bureau.

Federal Communications Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the agency will be launching a new space bureau. The new space office will come out of a reorganization of the agency’s International Bureau “to better manage marketplace realities,” according to Rosenworcel. Specifically, the reorganization will result in the new Space Bureau and a new standalone Office of International Affairs. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Check out FTC’s $100M settlement with Vonage.
  • A senator criticized HHS and CISA for lack of coordination in cybersecurity during the last two years and called for a new HHS cybersecurity executive.
  • Federal support for Hurricane Ian surpasses $1.88B.
  • A greener GSA makes a commitment towards achieving a net-zero portfolio.

Civilian Contracts Awards

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  • Jim Russo, former GSA leader, passed away from complications from a stroke.
  • DMI Federal Group has hired a former SVP at SAIC to become its new president.
  • Maximus has named a new SVP for business development, market strategy, and growth.

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M&A CORNER

Maxar acquires Wovenware to expand AI/ML and 3D Data production capabilities,

Maxar Technologies announced the acquisition of AI and software development company Wovenware. This acquisition significantly adds to Maxar’s software engineering and AI capabilities and talent. Founded in Puerto Rico in 2003, Wovenware has roughly 150 employees specializing in software development, service design, artificial intelligence, and geospatial production. Read more

Federal judge blocks second DOJ attempt to halt Booz Allen buy of Everwatch.

A federal judge blocked a second DOJ to issue an interim injunction to block Booz Allen’s acquisition of signals intelligence company EverWatch, in an Oct. 31 court decision. Read more

OceanSound-based DMI buys Ambit Group

DMI, a portfolio company of OceanSound Partners, has purchased Ambit Group, a digital transformation services provider, to build DMI’s DOD and civilian market presence. Read more

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America saw a staggering increase in alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic.

The US saw a 26% increase in deaths caused by alcohol during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study released Friday by the CDC. This massive spike represents about 13 deaths per 100,000 Americans, marking the highest rate in at least 40 years. CDC data showed that deaths increased in almost every age group, though the rate for men was anywhere from two to four times higher than for women. The 26 percent bump is a stratospheric rise to a statistic that had already been increasing — the CDC said the rate of alcohol-related deaths from 2000 to 2018 had never increased more than 7 percent. Read more

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  • NDAA negotiations will determine success of several cyber solarium goals: Big tech is making a concerted push to increase gov’t’s acquisition of information and communications technology and to cultivate faster procurement practices.
  • $2.3B DCSA background investigation support contract: Bid protest! This week GAO denied Paragon’s bid protest–one that gained a lot of speculation. The contract award is imminent, and it’s expected to be awarded to Peraton and CACI.
  • How long dies it take to get a security clearance? It currently takes 121 days to obtain a Top Secret security clearance for the fastest 90% of DoD/Industry applicants, and 95 days to obtain a Secret clearance for the fastest 90% of DoD/Industry applicants.

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DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

$900M Army Modernization Priorities IDIQ contract kicks off (a RFP announcement).

The U.S. Army has asked industry stakeholders to submit proposals for a potential 10-year, $900 million contract to enable the service to accelerate modernization priorities and innovation to support warfighters in multidomain operations. The Army Modernization Priorities program is a multiple-award, IDIQ contract and is expected to be awarded between February and March, according to a RFP. Read more

How solid is Starlink, as Russia threatens to shoot it down?

Russian officials have made veiled threats to obliterate SpaceX’s internet satellite network which has served as a communications lifeline for the Ukrainian military. To date, however, “how many Starlink satellites have the Russians shot down? 
 zero,” noted Derek Tournear, director of the U.S. Space Force’s SDA. Although Russia demonstrated it can strike a satellite in low Earth orbit with a ballistic missile, the fact that it hasn’t taken down any Starlink satellites speaks to the power of a proliferated constellation to deter attacks and provide resilience, Tournear said.  Read more

Army Criminal Division reviewing thousands of cases for errors due to database flaws.

“It’s clear that we made mistakes,” Army’s Criminal Investigation Division Director Greg Ford said. Ford’s office this week announced an effort to review and, when necessary, remove the names of 1,900 soldiers from its criminal database—and CID expects that number to grow. All of the cases stem from a recruiting program run from 2005 to 2012 that produced 130,000 new recruits and plenty of fraud. Read more

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INTEL COMMUNITY

Treasury:1, Killnet: 0.

US Treasury Department officials revealed for the first time that the agency was able to disrupt a distributed denial of service attack from Russian-sponsored cyberattack group Killnet last month. Todd Conklin, cybersecurity counselor to Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo, described the attack as “pretty low-level DDoS activity targeting Treasury’s critical infrastructure nodes.” The newly confirmed cyberattack on Treasury adds to the list of reported Killnet breaches during October including JPMorgan Chase, US state government systems, and several airports.  Read more

36 nation summit agrees to crack down on crypto to combat ransomware.

The WH’s second International Counter Ransomware Initiative summit has concluded, and this year the 36-nation group has made clear it intends to crack down on how cryptocurrencies are used to finance ransomware operations. The CRI group planned to “take joint steps to stop ransomware actors from being able to use the cryptocurrency ecosystem.” The CRI group said its anti-crypto work will focus on “the development and implementation” standards to tackle “money laundering” and the “financing of terrorism”. This includes the ‘know your customer’ rules to mitigate misuse of crypto by cyber criminals.” Read more

DOJ is reviewing responses to congressional requests to improve correspondence management system.

The DOJ is conducting a review of how it responds to congressional information requests to improve its correspondence management system. DOJ is also customizing and reconfiguring its correspondence management software to better track and monitor the status of responses in greater detail. Congress sends hundreds of information requests to DOJ and its agencies like the FBI annually, with the Office of Legislative Affairs chiefly responsible for responding, but in the past two years lawmakers have complained their letters have gone unanswered or partially answered at multiple hearings.  Read more

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CIVILIAN

$2.4B IT services contract vehicle: All questions answered.

The FAA released 96 Q&As in regard to the massive $2.4B ITIPSS contract vehicle. The deadline remains Nov. 30 and ITIPSS will have 15 awards total, with two or three of them for large businesses. We can guess what all you contractors are going to be doing over your Thanksgiving holiday weekend… Read more

Traffic lights get tech: DOT looks to AI to help modernize highways.

As part of USDOT’s plans to modernize the U.S.’s highway infrastructure, the agency issued a new contract opportunity seeking AI and data analytics-based solutions. A program under FHWA called for proposals featuring artificial intelligence technology to improve the current national highway design system. Some of the issues DOT wants to have AI tackle include safety patterns in underserved communities, pedestrian safety and environment mapping, bridge capacity for heavier vehicles and individual vehicle smart parking.  Read more

FCC to launch new Space Bureau.

Everyone wants a piece of the space realm! FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the agency will be launching a new space bureau. The new space office will come out of a reorganization of the agency’s  International Bureau, which will result in the new Space Bureau and a new standalone Office of International Affairs. The chairwoman noted that the FCC currently has applications for 64,000 new satellites, and last year the agency saw an eightfold increase in applications for fixed satellite service gateway earth stations while receiving applications for new space ventures like lunar landers. Such application increases align with private companies’ investment of $10 billion in space in the last year.  Read more

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M&A CORNER

Cadmus buys Wheelhouse Group.

Cadmus, a provider of technical and strategic expertise to governments, energy utilities, and private sector companies worldwide, announced its acquisition of Wheelhouse Group, a provider of change management services. Enhanced by Wheelhouse’s expertise, Cadmus will offer clients management and technical expertise, especially in the IT modernization, citizen services, and workforce transformation spaces. Read more

Lockheed Martin invests $100M in Terran Orbital.

Lockheed Martin is upping its stake in small satellite manufacturer Terran Orbital with a $100 million investment that increases its total equity from 9.4% to 33.5%. Lockheed Martin has invested in the company since 2017 and selected it to produce 42 satellites for the U.S. Space Force’s SDA under a $700 million contract.  Read more

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đŸ•”đŸ»â€â™‚ïž On this day: In 1952, the United States Government established the National Security Agency (NSA) in a memo written by Robert A. Lovett, the Secretary of Defense.

🌔 That’s interesting: NASA makes progress with New Lunar Terrain Vehicle Moon Rover Services.

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📣 Event: Don’t miss GovBrew’s virtual Technology Forum. Hear federal agency leaders discuss their experience deploying cutting-edge technologies in the public sector and how they drive real change to meet their agency’s mission.

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Urban AI: Algorithms quietly run the City of D.C.–and maybe your hometown, too.

Washington, D.C is the home base of our government as well as home to 690,000 people—and 29 obscure algorithms that shape their lives. City agencies use automation to screen housing applicants, predict criminal recidivism, identify food assistance fraud, determine if a high schooler is likely to drop out, inform sentencing decisions for young people, and many other things. That snapshot of semiautomated urban life comes from a new report from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Just how well do these AI systems work, and are they as prone to discrimination as humans? Read more

Star Wars gets political. Are we okay with that?

(The linked article contains spoilers for the 8th episode of Andor.) In the Star Wars universe, the characters are deeply and bitterly divided by ideological differences and personal animosity. In short, they are divided by politics. When I say politics, I do not mean that Andor is a liberal or left-wing show. It can be read that way—one can see the echoes of the issues that animated the George Floyd protests in the show’s portrayal of Imperial law-enforcement agencies cracking down on dissent, or in the Imperial prison that has debt clocks in every cell. What I mean is that the series attempts to imagine an internal politics of class, culture, and ideology that motivates its principal characters and fictional institutions.  Read more

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