This Week in Federal Contracting – December 11, 2017

This Week in Federal Contracting – December 11, 2017

In this week’s Federal Contracting News Roundup, we are looking at:

  • Mitigating cyber risks among federal contractors
  • Federal agency struggles with recruiting in the cyber workforce
  • GAO’s demand for more transparent diversity data from federal contractors

Below are some recent headlines of which the federal contracting community should be aware:

Risky Business: How the Government Can Reduce Contractor Cyber Risk

Mike Baukes, Co-founder and co-CEO of UpGuard, shared advice for preventing and minimizing the effects of cyber attacks on federal contractors in a recent article on Forbes. Assuring protection from cyber risks is crucial for federal contractors, as they are often dealing with highly sensitive data and figures. A rock-solid cybersecurity strategy is a must for any contractor that hopes to be successful.

Baukes stated, “Government IT administrators must have the ability to have full, real-time insight into the actual state of their digital environments, an overview that includes the configurations of any and all platforms built by external vendors.”

Read the whole story here.


Feds look to get creative about cyber hiring

Because a strong cyber workforce is becoming an increasingly high priority in the federal government, agencies are facing unique recruiting challenges for manning these teams. At a December 5 cybersecurity conference in Washington, D.C., Federal CIO Grant Schneider explained the importance of adopting automation technologies will be imperative to ensuring there is enough IT support for cybersecurity efforts.

According to an article in FCW, Schneider stated, “We’re never — certainly in government and also in industry — going to be able to get the workforce we need … to defend all of these different systems. Quite frankly, we just end up stealing each other’s employees.”

Read the whole story here.


Better data, oversight needed to boost diversity in tech

In  an effort to boost diversity in government technology, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to require more transparent and thorough data on workforce diversity from federal contractors.

According to Bloomberg Government, “GAO called on OFCCP’s director to take steps toward requiring contractors to disaggregate employment data by racial and ethnic group. In the short term, this means contractors should start planning to meet a higher reporting standard for diversity and nondiscrimination.”

Read the whole story here.