Now that Congress managed to do the bare minimum to keep the federal government open for a few months, we can turn to other issues — like security clearances. For that, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will soon open.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has always been sort of a contractor’s IRS. But, the agency also provides tools and information intended to help vendors stay out of trouble. In that vein, DCAA has updated its Contract Audit Manual.
The System for Award Management (SAM) was created as a database for companies wanting to do business with federal agencies. Contract Officers use it for all types of eligibility searches. And, when it comes to government contracting, size usually matters.
The possibility that the National Security Agency (NSA), aka, America’s hackers, got hacked itself is alarming. How could the world’s most elite cyber pros suffer a network intrusion? Like many such things, the truth lies a little below the surface.
In 2011, Democrats and Republicans weren’t getting along. From that turmoil arose the Budget Control Act (aka, sequestration), which was predicted to become a “plagues of locusts” kind of thing. For federal contractors, however, it didn’t turn out that way.
Ask a coach or general, and he’ll tell you that losing hurts. But, you learn more from losses. If that also applies to contract bid protests, then the learning never ends because almost all fail. So, why do some win?
The Pentagon has been courting Silicon Valley for some time, and it’s been challenging. But, one DoD unit may have hit on a model that could work for many Defense-related initiatives … But, this one’s a long way from California.
The military has made it clear they are serious about beefing up their cyber warfare capabilities. The Navy’s Cyber Task Force asked for $300 million for 2016 with a lot earmarked for training – which is great for small contractors.
Shaun Donovan, Director of the OMB, wrote to Congress: “Absent immediate action, the cost to operate and to maintain legacy systems will continue to grow, while security vulnerabilities and other risks will remain unresolved.” So, what will lawmakers do now?
It’s April 1st … And, the Metro board chairman says entire lines should be shut down for months. (This isn’t April fools.) If that isn’t depressing enough, your company’s computers may be vulnerable because your network’s “back door” is open.