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FCW Insider: Nov. 7

We're honoring 20 Rising Stars inside and outside of government at the 2018 Government Innovation Awards dinner this Thursday. We'll be introducing you to these early-career standouts in FCW Insider over the next few days; here’s a peek at the first five:

*Qituwra Anderson at the innovation shop 18F is improving user experience by helping the General Services Administration and partner agencies identify, target and solicit feedback from real users, stakeholders and subject matter experts.

*Air Force Capt. Kelly J. Carrigan leads a team performing active cryptologic network integration for cyber and nuclear operations, signals intelligence and communications in support of missions for the Defense Department and intelligence community.

*As program director for the Opportunity Project and co-managing director of the Open Innovation Labs at the Census Bureau, Drew Zachary has operationalized the process of pulling outside expertise into critical government missions.

*At Telos Corp., 25-year-old Danielle Lauhoff leads the company's contract for managing and supporting all compliance requirements related to the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Information Security Management Act.

*Ryan Hillard, an IT specialist and developer at the Small Business Administration, has had a transformative impact on IT modernization by spearheading upgrades and additions to the agency's public-facing website.

They're still counting votes in some parts of the country, but over the course of a busy, intense Election Day, the Department of Homeland Security didn't find evidence of coordinated efforts to hack or tamper with election infrastructure. Derek B. Johnson reports.

The proliferation of connected devices -- including electric cars -- could provide grid operators with an operational view of cybersecurity threats, according to Karen Evans, who heads the Department of Energy’s cyber office. Mark Rockwell has the story.

Steve Kelman's recent talk with feds reinforced his view that a $10,000 micropurchase limit opens up vast new acquisition possibilities. Check out Kelman's latest blog.

Quick Hits

***The National Background Investigations Bureau is slated to move to the Defense Security Services with program executive officer Terry Carpenter shifting with it from the Defense Information Systems Agency by next year. 

DISA will own NBIS development and maintenance until the complete transfer is made, a milestone currently expected around October 2019. The deputy defense secretary is expected to sign a memo directing the transfer and to the Defense Security Service in the near future. 

The National Background Investigations System launched a pilot program on Oct. 1, Stuart Timerman, DISA's development and business center director, told reporters during a media briefing at the agency's Nov. 5 industry day. 

Officially, the new capability isn't a pilot, Timerman said, but rather "a very limited product" used by a portion of the Marines Corps and Army. The goal is to get feedback on the product and make sure "they got it right, and work out any potential bugs." 

"There's a good portion of the shift of similar capabilities NBIB shipping off to DSS," which is expected to cause the organization to balloon from approximately 1,000 personnel to about 6,000, he said. 

*** Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration, was named the 2018 Public Sector Partner of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council in their 16th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards.

The groups also inducted ManTech’s George Pedersen into the Greater Washington Government Contractor Award Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry. Other award winners were InCadence Strategic Solutions, which won contractor of the year for contracts up to $25 million, and ICF International for contracts of $300 million or more.

*** The latest Defense Innovation Unit solicitation hit the FedBizOpps contracting site on Nov. 5. DIU is supporting the Army in its bid to acquire an inexpensive, portable short-range drone reconnaissance system that can be take off and land vertically and can be transported in a "rucksack". The first phase of the solicitation consists of briefing a solution and the second phase involves test flights of drone system in Boston in mid-January 2019. Initial proposals from vendors are due Nov. 18.

*** Booz Allen Hamilton has won a potential five-year, $999.8 million task order for IT operations and services to the Veterans Affairs Department. The order falls under the VA's larger "T4NG" vehicle for transformation support services and covers one base year followed by up to four option years. Seven offers were submitted for the order that was awarded Oct. 26, according to Federal Procurement Data System information. This particular order appears to align with a request for information from May that outlines the VA's effort to consolidate, transform and modernize IT services through a single procurement.

Posted on Nov 07, 2018 at 1:00 AM


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