October 9, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers a number of interesting topics, including DoD's first enterprisewide data strategy, SpaceX's partnership with TRANSCOM, a contracting officer's bribery scheme, GSA's Polaris IT contract, COVID-19 relief fraud, and struggles at the IRS.

Defense

October 7, 2020

Last week, the Department of Defense ("DoD") published its long-awaited rule on its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification ("CMMC") framework. Notably, in addition to the CMMC framework, the rule also includes a second framework related to NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessments that some defense contractors will also need to consider. This second prong of DoD's cyber regime adds another layer of complexity for defense contractors with an obligation under the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulat...

September 25, 2020

On September 30, 2020, Joshua Duvall will participate in a panel discussion covering the Department of Defense's ("DoD") Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification ("CMMC") for the National Veteran Small Business Coalition.

Joined by other cyber industry leaders and experts, the panel will discuss the latest and greatest CMMC initiatives, requirements, and concerns. Some of the questions the panel will address are:

  • When are businesses supposed to be CMMC compliant/certified by? At what level?...

September 9, 2020

On September 4, 2020, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-5 (SPD-5), which establishes a set of cybersecurity principles designed to protect the nation's valuable "space systems" from a host of cyber threats aimed at disrupting our Nations critical infrastructure.

As defined in SPD-5, "space systems" is a "combination of systems, to include ground systems, sensor networks, and one or more space vehicles, that provides a space-based service. A space system typically has three segments: a...

August 31, 2020

The end of FY20 is around the corner, which means countless government contractors have recently received an award decision (or are patiently waiting for an award decision) from a federal agency. It also means that some contractors are waiting for an opportunity to receive a debriefing under the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR").

Under FAR Part 15 (negotiated procurements) and FAR 16.505(b)(6) (task/delivery orders exceeding $5.5 million), fe...

August 21, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers the Space Force, NSA's tips to limit location data exposure, and cyber threat information sharing in a 5G world.

Space

August 14, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief is chock full of news, including the NDAA, a Russian hacking tool, Space Force doctrine, Army's new communications tech, FPDS to beta.SAM.gov by October, and expert commentary on SBA's loan forgiveness FAQ.

Congress

August 3, 2020

Matross Managing partner and GCJ publisher, Joshua Duvall, will be presenting a webinar on Monday, August 3, 2020 on "Debriefings & Bid Protests: What Every GovCon Should Know." The webinar is part of the "GovCon Best Practices Series" with Glenn Robinson of Blue Ridge Information Systems.

Summary:

  • Debriefings and bid protests are powerful tools for government contractors. By developing a basic understanding of these issues, decision makers can not only avoid undue cost and headache but also g...

July 31, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers NIH's search for an "honest broker" to manage COVID-19 data warehouse, NASA's trip to Mars, Cyber Solarium Commission report on scanning defense contractor networks, Pentagon's increased telework, hackers targeting federal teleworkers, and three tribal officials charged in bribery scheme.

NIH

July 24, 2020

According to a recent U.S. Department of Justice ("DoJ") press release, a Maryland defense contractor agreed to pay nearly $1 million to resolve False Claims Act ("FCA") allegations that the company knowingly billed the National Security Agency ("NSA") for services performed by the contractor's employees who "did not meet all of the specialized qualifications required under their contract with NSA."

The press release provided the following details regarding the civil settlement agr...

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Welcome to GovConJudicata an informational blog/website focusing on government contracts issues, including bid protests (e.g., GAO, COFC), claims, disputes, SBA matters, compliance, regulatory, and cyber (e.g., DFARS, NIST SP 800-171, CMMC).

GovConJudicata is published by Joshua Duvall, managing partner at Matross Edwards, a law firm providing government contracts and cybersecurity legal services to small and mid-sized businesses.

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