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FCW Insider: April 1

It's an open secret in the defense contracting community that there are weak links in the supply chain. A Senate panel got an earful last week about just how bad the problem is. Derek B. Johnson has more.

The FBI plans to extend its current Information Technology Supplies and Support Services contract, also known as ITSSS or "IT Triple-S," while the bureau figures out what comes next. Ross Wilkers explains.

The Transportation Security Administration is moving quickly on acquisition plans to put "game-changing" 3D baggage scanning systems in place. Mark Rockwell reports.

Quick Hits

*** The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to deal small business in on its $16 billion electronic health record modernization plan. According to a contracting notice, VA is planning an engagement event with small business to discuss potential opportunities for companies as VA moves from its homegrown electronic health records system to a commercial product led by Cerner.

*** Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) is proposing legislation to give outside cybersecurity advice to the newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act of 2019, backed by Katko along with Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) sets up an advisory committee from across stakeholder sectors to worth with CISA.

"By creating a Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, we can facilitate a vital dialogue between public and private partners and better secure the U.S.," Katko said in a statement.

Posted on Apr 01, 2019 at 12:45 AM


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