GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (9/6–10)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers Biden's vaccine mandates for all federal employees and contractors, research on NIST and ISO supply chain standards, cyber rules for megaconstellations, $1 billion in contracts under Space consortium, and eight unresolved GAO protests of CIO-SP4.
"President Biden will sign an executive order today mandating that all federal employees and contractors get vaccinated against COVID-19, with no exceptions for those who agree to regular testing for the virus, according to a source familiar with the plans."
"President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant. Biden announced the requirements in a Thursday afternoon address from the White House as part of a new “action plan” to address the latest rise in coronavirus cases and the stagnating pace of COVID-19 shots."
"The push for supply chain risk management standards is growing across the government. The Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements that are under review may get most of the attention, but the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the ISO certification organization and several other efforts also are out there muddying the supply chain waters."
"Space Force hopes to soon wrap up a new cybersecurity certification process for commercial communications megaconstellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) — while allowing industry as much leeway as possible to come up with innovative solutions, a Space Force official said today."
"The U.S. Space Force has ramped up use of its Space Enterprise Consortium, pushing out $1 billion in contracts for prototyping efforts in its first year under new management. That marks a significant increase. From 2017 through about the end of 2020, the consortium issued a total of just $856 million in contracts. For context, the Space Force requested $17.4 billion for the entire service for fiscal 2022."
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