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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Duvall

GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (8/2–6)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers CISA's joint cyber defense collaborative, DHS's cyber workforce, WOSB fraud, GAO's denial of NASA's lunar protest, COVID data systems, and the rise in OT spending.


  • "The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will work with agency stakeholders and new private-sector partners to minimize the risk of cyber incidents and better coordinate defensive actions if successful attacks occur under a new effort announced Thursday."


  • "The Department of Homeland Security is looking at a new personnel system for hiring cybersecurity talent later this fall to transform the way it attracts, retains and develops a federal cybersecurity workforce."


  • "On Tuesday, a federal jury convicted a former government subcontractor who completed work at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center of fraud charges relating to the Small Business Administration’s women-owned small business program."


  • "The Government Accountability Office ruled Friday that NASA did not violate procurement law or regulations when it awarded a single $2.9 billion moon lander contract to SpaceX, denying appeals from competitors Dynetics, a Leidos company, and Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos."


  • "As the Biden administration approaches its 200-day mark on Saturday, the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service applauded its early actions on federal management. This includes “issuing guidance on the future of work in federal agencies after the pandemic, including hybrid and remote work options,” the Partnership said in a press release on Friday."

Other Transactions

  • "Like discovering a long buried pair of jeans that becomes your new favorite, other transaction agreements (OTAs) are a procurement methodology that falls outside of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and its Defense supplement. Use of OTAs has grown rapidly across the government in the last couple of years but it might be a mixed blessing. Now the IBM Center for the Business of Government has sponsored a detailed analysis of OTAs and how the government is using them. For the highlights, co-author and Hacking for Defense adviser Stan Soloway spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin."

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