The DoD issued its Final Rule regarding contractor obligations in protecting covered defense information (CDI). The Rule mandates that both prime contractors and subcontractors take appropriate steps to safeguard such info, report on network penetrations and choose proper cloud services.
In Charlie Wilson’s War, Joanne Herring asks the lawmaker, “Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?” Tom Hanks’ Wilson responds, “Well, tradition mostly.” And, that pretty much sums up what’s currently happening with Defense and other appropriations bills.
There’s a Southern California sporting goods chain that lets runners wear shoes up to 90 days and return them for a full refund. Even if they’re worn-out and mud-caked, it doesn’t matter. Now, the Army wants to try something similar.
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.
When the Supreme Court ruled — 8-0 — in favor of Kingdomware Technologies last week, it was a huge victory for veteran-owned and disabled-veteran-owned businesses because it means that the VA must put “Veterans First” in all of its procurements.
The Supreme Court handed veteran owned and disabled veteran owned businesses a huge win in the Kingdomware Technologies case, voting 8-0 in favor of the small contractor and against the VA. The decision will have major ramifications for VA contracting.
Let’s face it: no one like protests. Not even companies filing them. They’re expensive … Complicated … And, they clog the contracting system. So, the Senate is taking steps in its NDAA to make GAO protests harder and more expensive.
Three years ago, The Washington Post wrote about the coming contracting opportunities for mid-tier contractors. The thinking was that budget cuts would give firms with experience and lower overhead an advantage in the market. So, how did that work out?
Both House and Senate panels released their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017. The two bills are only $8 billion apart in bottom line funding. But, how those funds are spent — that’s a whole different matter.