GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (1/17–21)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers expanding lawmakers' efforts to expand cybersecurity support for commercial satellite companies, House of Representatives expanding digital services team, FBI's warning on QR codes, Anduril's $1B anti-drone contract, and NRO's commercial space contracts.
"Bipartisan Senate legislation would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Government Accountability Office to provide commercial satellite owners and operators with new information and resources to protect their complex systems from digital attacks."
"The House of Representatives is getting a new digital services team in 2022, the House Chief Administrative Officer announced on Thursday in testimony before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. "Our intention is to leverage fellows from other agencies and the private sector – as appropriate – and expand the House Digital Service team over time," Catherine L. Szpindor, House Chief Administrative Officer, said in prepared testimony for a Jan. 20 committee hearing."
"QR codes are among the few “winners” of the coronavirus pandemic, the joke goes, because restaurants and other businesses have deployed them in far greater numbers over the past few years, in an effort to make more interactions contactless."
"The National Reconnaissance Office awarded five contracts to providers of commercial radar satellites, representing the first deals under a Broad Agency Announcement framework the agency is using to buy commercial space capabilities. NRO awarded the contracts to Airbus, U.S.; Capella Space; ICEYE, U.S.; PredaSAR; and Umbra. The agency declined to release the value of the contracts."
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