Weekly Debrief (2/15–19)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers an upcoming CIO-SP4 webinar, CISA's State Department initiative, Biden's federal acquisition plans, CMMC in GSA contracts, antitrust scrutiny on Lockheed's AeroJet deal, DoD funding, and a contractor's $6 million settlement for overbilling allegations.
"On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Joshua Duvall will participate in a live interactive webinar, CIO-SP4 Capture Strategies - Analysis of CIO-SP3 Protests and New SBA Rules, with Robert Turner of rTurner Consulting and Kathy Lentz of Federal Insights. During the live interactive webinar, the panelists will cover a variety of BD, capture, proposal, and legal issues."
"Work is already underway for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to quickly increase its overseas presence, according to Acting Director Brandon Wales who said a new global initiative will bolster and align with State Department activities."
"Some solid career people are keeping the lights on at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. But the Biden administration has so far given few signals about what it plans to do with federal procurement. For what we might expect to see, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to former OFPP administrator, now a partner at the law firm Akin Gump, Angela Styles."
"Any new cybersecurity requirements the General Services Administration asks of contractors will be introduced at the order — not the contract — level, according to the deputy assistant commissioner of IT acquisition."
"U.S. antitrust regulators have extended their inquiry of Lockheed Martin’s planned acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne requesting the companies provide additional information about the deal. The customary 30-day antitrust review process was supposed to end at midnight Thursday, but will be extended 30 additional days from when the companies respond to the Federal Trade Commission request, Lockheed and Aerojet said in separate Friday morning statements. Lockheed said the “second request” from the Federal Trade Commission was expected."
"The head of the House Armed Services influential seapower subcommittee just stepped closer to the position of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs that the Navy might be in line for a funding boost — and other services will have to pay the bill."
"Virginia-based Information Innovators Inc. (Triple-I) has agreed to pay the United States $6.05 million to resolve allegations that a predecessor company, Creative Computing Solutions Inc. (CCSi), violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for work performed by CCSi employees who lacked required job qualifications. "
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