The biggest cyber breach headline-grabber in December was undoubtedly the Sony Pictures breach. However, 2014 was also a big year for hackers targeting federal agencies. The GAO hasn’t released figures on federal breaches, but it’s sure to be quite impressive.
To keep up with the deluge of audits following concurrent wars, DCAA modified its management of indirect rate audits: fewer audits, less sampling, bigger targets. NASA’s OIG decided to see how things were going – not well, was their conclusion.
The news media has focused recently on the Sony hack. But, security specialists call that a digital “pipe bomb.” The mother lode of hacks is much bigger and potentially much deadlier. A window into it was accidentally opened this summer.
The 2015 Defense bill carries a number of provisions that should help small business contractors. However, just because small biz as a whole is getting help doesn’t necessarily mean that women-owned firms get much attention. That will change in 2015.
Has 2014 been the year of the hacker? A convincing case could be made. The Sony Studios cyber attack is merely the latest to garner attention. But, there’s no denying that cyber thefts, infiltration, damage, and terrorism affects us all.
Generally, riders to major bills virtually assured of passing Congress are made of pure pork. Take the disastrous newly passed funding bill, for example. But, once in awhile, something good happens, like the small business provisions in the defense bill.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) is a very popular place for protesters – contractors protesting awards, that is. Protests have risen steadily since 2001, more than doubling the since the turn of the century. The big questions is … Why?
The labyrinthine process for pricing unique DoD products is exhausting. How much should the government pay for something that never before existed? Labeling a product “commercial” can save a lot of headaches. So, DCMA wants to make that process consistent.
In 2012 off the New Zealand coast, scientists stumbled upon two whales never before seen. They only knew the creatures existed because of bone fragments. The feeling of wonder those scientists felt is akin to watching Congress pass a budget.
Losing a contract is upsetting. However, watching a company with a higher price get awarded the contract, takes frustration into overdrive. So, FitNet Purchasing Alliance decided to do something about it, and they found an unexpected surprise along the way.