DHS’ Silicon Valley Innovation Program Speeds Proposal Process

Sep 14, 2017
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) is proving to be very popular among startups. Dr. Douglas Maughan, director of the Cyber Security Division within the Science and Technology Directorate at DHS, said SVIP had taken a three-four month proposal process...

Software for Public Sector Financed by Public Money Should Be Open Source

Sep 14, 2017
European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe which defends rights and freedoms in the digital environment. It is currently championing for public sector software that fosters the sharing of good ideas and solutions for everyone....

DHS Bans Kaspersky Software From Federal Data Systems

Sep 14, 2017
Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke issued a directive announcing all federal agencies must get rid of the Russian-based cybersecurity software within 90 days. “This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on...

NSA Awards Classified $2.4 Billion Tech Contract With More to Come

Sep 14, 2017
CSRA won the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Groundbreaker recompete to modernize portions of the intelligence community’s IT infrastructure. The agency awarded the tech firm the first of three portions of its classified contract and is expected to make the final two recompete awards this...

Release of Claims: Contractor Signatory Must Have Authority

Sep 12, 2017
What goes around, comes around. The government sometimes refuses to pay a contractor for a modification when the government official requesting the modification lacks appropriate authority.  But contractual authority isn’t a one-way street benefiting only the government.  A recent decision by...

SmallGovCon Week In Review: September 5-8, 2017

Sep 8, 2017
Football season is back, and the Chiefs certainly gave those in our neck of the woods something to cheer for last night. I wish I could say I felt sorry for our SmallGovCon Patriots fans, but those five Super Bowl Rings ought to take the sting out of an opening-week loss. I’ll be watching...

Bottom-Line Price, Not Line-Item Price, Is Key for Price Reasonableness

Sep 8, 2017
When I went out for pizza with my family the other night, the only number that mattered to me when I got the check was the bottom-line price. It didn’t matter to me what the price for each pizza or each lemonade was, as long as the total price was within my budget. For an agency evaluating a...

Cybersecurity Challenges Remain During Push for IT Modernization

Sep 8, 2017
According to a survey of 200 federal IT executives conducted by Unisys Corporation and research company Market Connections, 59 percent said modernization efforts have increased the cybersecurity challenges they face. The survey highlights the challenges facing IT professionals; however, despite...