Dorobek Must Reads - March 16

Wednesday - 3/16/2011, 12:22pm EDT

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DorobekINSIDER Newscast

  • New rules today in the 8(a) program. Your agency has to start justify 8(a) awards worth more than $20 million. The idea is to prevent small companies from passing most of the work to large vendors. This is one of a few new contracting rules.

  • Another piece of cybersecurity legislation added to the list in the House. Congressman Jim Langevin has introduced the Executive Cyberspace Coordination Act. One provision would launch a national cyberspace office to enforce agency requirements. It would also cement FISMA reforms aimed at continuous monitoring. It's the most recent in a spate of cybersecurity bills moving thru Congress. Former cyber coordinator Melissa Hathaway will update all of them this coming Tuesday on In Depth with Francis Rose.

  • Northrop Grumman is spinning off its ship building unit. The defense contractor's board has approved the move, which will give stockholders a share in the business. The unit has run into trouble, because of a slow down in Navy shipbuilding contracts and more competition.

  • The Labor Department is crowdsourcing a project to improve the rules it makes. Labor launched a Web site asking you for feedback. This is part of the president's order for agencies to review rules that might hurt businesses. You have until March 31 to chime in.

  • The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be deputy OMB director. Higginbottom's approval was far from smooth. Only six of 10 Senators voted for her. On the other hand, Carolyn Lerner's nomination to lead the Office of Special Counsel received unanimous approval. Both Higginbottom and Lerner's nominations move to the full Senate for a vote.


And here's a list of the DorobekINSIDER stories you made most popular on Tuesday:

  1. Debt limit's impact on your Thrift Savings Plan
  2. Are your techies being poached?
  3. Causey: Fed managers tired of fed bashing
  4. Poll: 95 percent say morale impacted by budget battle
  5. Under CR, new Navy ship-building on hold