GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (9/27–10/1)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers the stopgap funding bill, the contractor vaccine mandate, cyber EO compliance, Commerce and DoD's plans for satellite location data repository, and a former government official sentenced for taking gifts in exchange for government contracts.
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"President Biden on Thursday evening signed a stopgap funding measure to avoid a shutdown that would have otherwise begun Friday. The Senate had passed the measure, which will keep agencies open through Dec. 3, early in the afternoon, followed by the House."
"Following the Biden administration’s release of supplementary guidance for the federal contractor vaccine mandate, Government Executive spoke with several experts for their thoughts and further questions."
"On Friday, September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force ("Task Force") published its Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors ("Guidance"). This Guidance follows President Biden's Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors ("EO") and provides definitions, three sections of contractor guidance, and a host of Questions and Answers ("Q&A") to assist contractors in implementing the President's vaccine mandate and workplace safety measures."
"The Biden administration's efforts to secure our government institutions and critical infrastructure while simultaneously requiring federal agencies to implement the Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity is laudable. From what we've observed in conversations with customers, the EO has become a principal driver of activity at federal agencies, and EO compliance has become a full-time undertaking for federal civilian personnel."
"The Department of Commerce plans to begin demonstrations of a cloud-based data repository prototype containing the locations of space objects to improve transparency and asset and operational safety this fall."
"A former department head at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland has been sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting that he took gifts in money from a business looking to secure government contracts."
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