One legacy of the Obama administration will be the broad attempts to tug the bureaucratic federal procurement establishment into the 21st century. The process is slow, and many would argue the results have been mixed. But, they keep on trying.
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.
These days, anytime federal cybersecurity contracting is discussed, the numbers used are always billions. It’s big business, and there’s no indication things are slowing down anytime soon. So, here’s a look ahead at some big and small billion dollar opportunities.
In the male-dominated world of federal contracting, women business owners must often feel like they have to work harder and push farther just to keep up with their masculine colleagues. And, according to a yet-to-be-published Commerce Department report, they’re right.
In November 2011, FAR added a clause to be inserted in small biz set-aside solicitations entitled, “Limitations on Subcontracting.” It’s intent was to clarify how much activity small contractors must perform. And, naturally, that’s when things got a little complicated.
When was the last time you heard contractors say, “Ya know, there just isn’t enough regulation and red tape in Washington these days.” But, that’s basically what happened when the Professional Services Council (PSC) looked at the OMB’s cybersecurity guidance.
This edition focuses on a divergent trio of topics. Following the OPM hack, federal agencies embarked on a “security sprint.” So, how are they doing? Then, there’s Syria. But, first up – the cultural shift needed for small contracting success.
The strategic planners at the Pentagon must look at Russia/NATO/Ukraine … ISIL/Syria/Yemen … South China Sea … North Korea … And pass the antacids. But, since the military can’t sit on the sidelines, they have to build their own future.
Mostly, you read about something in D.C. and say, “That can’t be real.” Then, you find out it is. Such is the case with the ongoing budget games being played out in Congress … And, then there’s the OPM hack.
Tucked inside the massive Ft. Meade NSA/DISA complex outside Laurel, Maryland, a 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art server farm is being constructed to house the US Cyber Command’s joint operations center – which is part of the cost of being a cyber superpower.