GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (6/20–24)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers Navy's new cyber strategy, House NDAA bill, DoJ procurement fraud, SBA and set-aside contracts, Amazon's protest strategy, and GSA's OASIS follow-on contract.
"The Department of the Navy is currently reviewing and preparing to release an overarching cybersecurity strategy and vision statement that will shape how it operates moving forward as the modern battlespace becomes increasingly digital. Core tenets of the new governance document are “secure, survive and strike,” the Navy’s Principal Cyber Advisor (PCA) Chris Cleary confirmed at an event hosted by CyberScoop and Okta on Thursday."
"The House Armed Services Committee has authorized a $839 billion defense budget for fiscal 2023 after lawmakers approved an amendment that added $37 billion for more ships, aircraft and other equipment. The bill now heads to the House floor after being passed in a late night session in a nearly unanimous 57-1 vote, with the opposing vote from Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Penn."
"A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Georgia returned an indictment charging military contractors with an alleged fraud scheme involving government contracts totaling over $7 million. The three-count indictment charges Envistacom LLC, its President Alan Carson and a vice president Valerie Hayes, and the owner of another company, Philip Flores, each with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of major fraud."
"A team of contracting experts within the Small Business Administration are battling back against contract bundling and category management initiatives that are causing a significant decline in the number of small businesses participating in the federal marketplace—and they’re starting to have success, an official told the House Small Business Committee on Thursday."
"Jeff Bezos is targeting large government contracts awarded to Amazon’s competitors in a strategy one legal expert called “extraordinarily aggressive.” His companies have submitted bid protests on everything from military space launches to a key piece of hardware for NASA’s Artemis program, delaying the first humans to go to the moon by another year."
"Just when you thought government contracting was about to get fun, again, the General Services Administration decided boring is the right approach. That’s right, I’m saying government procurement and fun in the same sentence because we had an upcoming contract that had so many possibilities intertwined with it. GSA has been planning the follow-on to its highly popular and successful OASIS contract for the past year. It started by calling the vehicle BIC MAC—best-in-class multiple award contract. Oh the possibilities there!"
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