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03/09/2020
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GDIT protests NGEN-R

At least one company will protest the Navy's award of the Next Generation Enterprise Networks Recompete (NGEN-R) contract. General Dynamics IT, which lost out on the $7.7 billion, eight-and-a-half-year Service Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) contract to Leidos last month, filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office last week. Under the contract, the larger of two that comprise NGEN-R, a contractor will provide “base network services … such as electronic software delivery, end user core build, endpoint detection, logistics management, network operations, security operations, service desk, transport and virtualization services.” GDIT is an incumbent for at least part of the work that will fall under the SMIT contract. Perspecta, the incumbent for most of the work that will fall under the recompete, hasn’t said yet if it will protest its loss. Billy Mitchell has more on the protest.


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Non-data centers present cyber-risks

The Office of Management and Budget narrowed its definition of a data center last June, largely reducing the number of facilities that qualify as such. However, now that OMB isn't overseeing those facilities anymore — mostly places like server rooms and closets — the Government Accountability Office is concerned they could be targets for hackers. “Because of OMB’s decision to remove these types of data centers from [Data Center Optimization Initiative] reporting, agencies may lose track of the security vulnerabilities that these facilities present due to the consequent reduction in overall visibility and oversight into all data centers,” reads a new report. Vulnerabilities like unsecured access points could allow hackers to disrupt critical operations or leak, change or destroy sensitive information. Dave Nyczepir has more from the report.


A Pentagon 'digital people officer'

The Department of Defense has trouble recruiting and retaining tech talent. The solution? The Pentagon should hire a digital people officer, according to the Defense Innovation Board. The new role would be in charge of recruiting talented people with technical backgrounds to the DOD and making sure they stick around for a while — a challenge the government has long faced. Specifically, this position would work to break down “disparate” human resources regulations across agencies that prevent the DOD from unifying its push to hire the right people. The recommendation came Thursday at the DIB’s quarterly public meeting in Austin, Texas, and was issued in a formal report to the secretary of Defense. The board also discussed the Pentagon’s efforts to create a separate category for its spending on software acquisition. Jackson Barnett tuned into the hearing.


Ex-DHS IG accused of stealing government software

A former Department of Homeland Security inspector general was indicted last week for allegedly stealing proprietary software from the watchdog office and trying to profit from it. Federal prosecutors brought charges against Charles K. Edwards, who served as acting DHS inspector general from 2011 to 2013, and his former associate Murali Yamazula Venkata. They are accused of aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, and conspiring to steal government property to defraud the United States between 2014 to 2017, after Edwards had already left DHS’s inspector general (IG) office. CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas has the story.


Palantir strikes again

Silicon Valley-native Palantir continues to earn business with the Department of Defense. This time, it scored an $80 million contract with the Navy to create an integrated data environment for one of the department’s supply chain logistics networks. This comes after the company announced in February that it won part of an $823 million Army contract. Palantir has been aggressive in its pursuit of military contracts, working to break into a market that has long been dominated by large contractors. In the case of this Navy contract, Palantir beat out Raytheon for the deal. Jackson has more on the contract.


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