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FedBizOpps.gov contractor under FBI investigation

The government is investigating allegations against Symplicity Corp. for allegedly accessing without permission the internal networks of two competitors in the education sector. Symplicity, which runs three governmentwide websites, denies any wrongdoing and calls the government's search warrant a one-sided justification for the investigation. Experts say the company could face suspension from new federal procurements.

Tags: Contracting , industry , Symplicity Corp. , FBI , GSA , FedBizopps.gov , Bill Shook , John Irving , Holland and Knight , Mazient , Pave Systems , Michael French , Ghasson Nino , Adam Hark , Ariel Friedler , cybersecurity ,

Friday - 06/29/2012, 05:41am EDT
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Congress running out of time to pass priority bills

Lawmakers have about 23 real work days left before the end of the fiscal year to pass USPS reform, comprehensive cyber, DoD authorization and all the 2013 spending bills. Experts hold out little hope even after the passage of the FDA bill and the expected approval of the highway legislation.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , USPS , postal reform bill , DoD , DoD authorization bill , appropriations bill , Tevi Troy , Hudson Institute , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , James Lewis , CSIS ,

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 05:08am EDT
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GSA, DISA face protests of billion dollar awards

CWTSatoTravel objected to the $1.4 billion E- Travel award going to Concur Technologies. SAIC protested DISA's $4.6 billion award for the Global Information Grid management services to Lockheed Martin. Both protestors are the incumbent contractors.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , industry , GSA , DISA , Concur Technologies , E-Travel , CWTSatoTravel , Lockheed Martin , SAIC , GAO , bid protest ,

Monday - 06/25/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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Lockheed exec gives vendor, government communications high marks

Linda Gooden, the executive vice president of the aerospace and technology giant's information systems and global solutions business area, said agencies are spending more time than ever helping contractors understand their needs. Gooden and Lockheed CEO Robert Stevens' statements are in stark contrast to comments made by a major competitor about the challenges companies face in talking to agencies.

Tags: Contracting , industry , Lockheed Martin , Linda Gooden , Robert Stevens , Task order contract , Mythbusters , industry-government communication ,

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:13am EDT
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DHS hires DoD expert to coordinate interagency cyber efforts

Rosemary Wenchel is the new deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity coordination at DHS. She replaces Adm. Mike Brown, who retired in January.

Tags: people , DHS , Rosemary Wenchel , Mark Weatherford , cybersecurity , DoD , Interagency coordination , Technology

Friday - 06/22/2012, 02:58pm EDT

USAID plans to rebound from dramatic drop in cybersecurity scores

The U.S. Agency for International Development saw their FISMA scores drop to an F grade. Jerry Horton, USAID's chief information officer, said they will fix their shortcomings this year.
June 21, 2012

Tags: Technology , Jerry Horton , USAID , cybersecurity , FISMA , cloud computing , Network upgrade , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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Agencies struggle to grasp mobile cybersecurity

NIST, DHS experts say protecting smartphones and tablets shouldn't be any different than securing typical desktop or laptop computers. DHS will release mobile security reference architecture to help agencies understand common concepts. NIST is updating security control guide with 250 new requirements, including mobile controls.

Tags: Technology , mobile computing , Sean Donelan , DHS , Ron Ross , NIST , cybersecurity , Digital Government Strategy , AFCEA , HSPD-12 ,

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 10:37am EDT
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Energy gets new CIO, loses CHCO to retirement

Secretary Steven Chu announced several leadership changes, including naming Robert Brese as the department's new chief information officer.

Tags: people , Technology , Energy , Mike Kane , Robert Brese , Owen Barwell , Sarah Bonilla ,

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:16pm EDT

Lockheed CEO warns of increased government costs from sequestration

The largest federal contractor is struggling to prepare for about $1 trillion in cuts that are due to take effect in January. Retiring-CEO Robert Stevens said agencies will ask vendors to modify contracts and that in turn will drive up the costs of those programs. Lockheed Martin already is taking steps to reduce its spending by consolidating facilities and reducing staff.

Tags: industry , Contracting , DoD , Lockheed Martin , sequestration , budget , Robert Stevens , Chris Kubasik , Congress ,

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:35am EDT
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DHS improving aim to stop counterfeits at the borders

The Homeland Security Department is taking a two-pronged approach to protecting the federal supply chain. The first addresses the DHS mission cargo crossing into the U.S. The second is an interagency effort to ensure the government is working together on investigations. DHS said seizures of counterfeit goods at the border increased by 20 percent in 2011.

Tags: Technology , David Heyman , DHS , White House , Supply chain management , Counterfeit products , Intellectual Property Rights Center , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:26am EDT
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