GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (10/4–8)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers continuous vetting of security clearance holders, NGA's view on data, increase in DoD IT spending, vaccine mandate for federal contractors, DoJ's cyber initiative targeting contractors, DoJ's recent FCA settlement with contractor on overbilling, and the Senate's proposed FISMA changes.
"The Defense Department this week officially launched its new and expanded “continuous vetting” program for all troops, civilian employees and defense contractors, replacing the traditional system of periodic background checks with more in-depth monitoring that relies heavily on technology to flag suspicious behavior."
"The explosion of available observational data about the Earth and human activity around the world is challenging the ability of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to be able to make sense of it all — especially on the shortened timelines desired by warfighters, said the agency’s director, Vice Adm. Robert Sharp."
"Rising IT and cyber budgets may lay ahead as the Defense Department moves forward with implementing zero trust architecture and begins relying more on artificial intelligence."
"Guidance from the Biden administration released recently announced that covered federal contractors and subcontractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of it by December 8, unless they are granted an exemption. As that date approaches, firms will have to navigate the ins and outs of the mandate."
"The Justice Department is bringing the power of the False Claims Act to the growing challenge of cybersecurity. Government contractors now will face possible penalties for not doing enough to secure networks and systems that hold federal data."
"Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., formerly known as Airbus Defense and Space Inc. (ADSI), has agreed to pay to the United States $1,043,475 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing impermissible fees in contracts with a number of federal agencies."
"The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved legislation that seeks to overhaul how federal agencies and government contractors report on cyberattacks and guidance for defending against them."
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