GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (8/16–20)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers U.S. manufacturing, a potential government shutdown, cyber EO a "necessary shock" per NIST, what's in store for the Space Force, NASA's desire for next generation space stations, and sentencing in a procurement fraud scheme.
"On paper, Cadenza Innovation is everything a modern American start-up is supposed to be. The Connecticut-based company was founded by an award-winning Swedish chemist who first came to the United States to work at MIT. It promised a major breakthrough: lithium-ion batteries that were far less likely to explode than conventional designs. It soon found R&D support from the federal government, eager to promote an industry as essential to smartphones as to addressing climate change."
"As the end of another fiscal year starts to approach, it won’t be a surprise federal agencies if the next one begins under a continuing resolution. They’ve gotten very, very used to it over the last many years. But this time there are real questions about the duration of that CR, and whether it’ll be long enough to avert a government shutdown. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what might be ahead."
"The timelines may be aggressive and the requirements might be detailed and lengthy, but the Biden administration said the president’s latest cybersecurity executive order provides a “necessary shock to the system,” to help agencies tackle the fundamentals of securing their networks."
"When Congress created the U.S. Space Force in December 2019, the Pentagon hadn’t launched a new military service since 1947. Lawmakers wanted the idea to become reality in just 18 months. The Space Force met that deadline earlier this summer. Now, it turns from tackling the first organizational steps to the meat of becoming an effective warfighting branch."
"With the International Space Station approaching the end of its lifespan, NASA is looking to the private sector to build the next generation of space stations and other space-based destinations for science-based missions and the burgeoning space tourism industry."
"A Hampton-based U.S. defense contractor, its owner, and four of its employees were sentenced yesterday and today. The owner was sentenced to 58 months in prison, and his four employees were sentenced today to a combined 93 months years in prison, for engaging in an extensive procurement fraud scheme involving more than $7 million in government contracts targeting the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal government agencies."
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