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FCW Insider: May 20, 2021

Kelman: Some 'kind engineers' who have gravitated to government contracting

Steve Kelman checks in with another non-traditional IT contractor, and explores what attracted them to the market.

OPM tells agencies they may set up labor-management relation forums

A Trump executive order rolling back requirements for labor-management relations forums is under review, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management.

House advances cybersecurity bills in wake of pipeline company hack

Following a week filled with a devastating ransomware attack and a massive executive order to strengthen the federal government's networks, a House panel on Tuesday advanced several bills largely aimed at DHS and CISA.

Would CMMC compliance block a SolarWinds-style attack?

At a Senate hearing on Defense Department cybersecurity, lawmakers wanted to know whether a program aimed at hardening the security of the defense industrial base would thwart supply chain attacks.

Quick Hits

* Of the nearly 30,000 security incidents analyzed in the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, the public sector was the second-most victimized industry (following entertainment) with 3,236 reported incidents and 885 total breaches. GCN has more on this story.

* Mark Forman, formerly of Unisys and Science Applications International Corp., takes on a new role as executive vice president as government consultancy Dynamic Integrated Services, Washington Technology reports. According to his biography on the George W. Bush presidency website, Forman was the "first person in the federal government to fulfill responsibilities normally associated with a corporate Chief Information Officer."

Posted by FCW Staff on May 20, 2021 at 2:38 AM


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    OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions

    Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat details what makes for a winning Technology Modernization Fund proposal as agencies continue to submit major IT projects for potential funding.

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    Worries from a Democrat about the Biden administration and federal procurement

    Steve Kelman is concerned that the push for more spending with small disadvantaged businesses will detract from the goal of getting the best deal for agencies and taxpayers.

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