The Office Management and Budget released FAQs for agencies and contractors to deal with coronavirus while DoD released a memo detailing what essential vendors mean for them.
The Defense Department raised its threshold for 8(a) sole source contracts to $100 million as required by the 2020 Defense authorization bill. While not related to coronavirus outbreak, the timing is important.
The Defense Department has set up a daily call with associations representing its vendors to take stock of how the coronavirus is impacting its industrial base while the White House has activated a 1950 law to give agencies procurement priority.
Vendors are waiting for the Defense Department to release more details, including the proposed acquisition rule, about how it will apply the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification starting this year.
The Defense Department is preparing for more of its Pentagon workforce to become teleworkers. But those who are already working from home have already begun to stretch the limits of the department's internet connectivity in the national capital region.
The pilot programs follow a Defense Innovation Board study that found the Pentagon's current spending restrictions routinely "doom" software development efforts.
Stacy Bostjanick, the director of the CMMC policy office in the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, said the first set of third-party assessment organizations should be in place by late summer in preparation for the first set of procurements requiring the cyber standards this fall.
The Pentagon published the 1.0 version of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program on Friday after several months of listening sessions on draft editions. CMMC will make its way into Defense contracts later this year.
With the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification accreditation board set up, the Pentagon expects to release version 1 of the cyber standards on Friday that will kick off the effort in earnest.
As the Trump administration prepares to dramatically ramp up its continuous evaluation capabilities in the coming years, industry is asking for access to some of the data collected from cleared contractors. That information, industry says, will better inform their own insider threat programs.
The 2020 Defense authorization bill includes almost 1,800 pages and we found several important and interesting provisions that you should know about ranging from military cyber advisers to the possible return of lead system integrators.
DISA, GSA and industry issues dominated the 10 most read Reporter’s Notebook stories in 2019. The common theme across many of the stories is how agencies are setting the table for bigger changes in 2020.
Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, the deputy assistant secretary for contracting in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, said 80% of companies who won contracts at Pitch Days were non-traditional contractors.
Federal procurement lawyers say the first quarter of the federal fiscal year tends to be among the busiest times of the year as contractors challenge awards and solicitations that came during the previous fourth quarter.