This Week in Federal Contracting – February 19, 2018

This Week in Federal Contracting – February 19, 2018

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

  • How and why federal contractors need to team up with agencies to secure program funding
  • Survey findings from BitSight that reveal data breach vulnerabilities in federal contracting firms
  • The Department of Defense’s cloud acquisition plan

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

David Berteau: Fight for program funding must include federal contractors

Tom Temin at Federal News Radio talked with David Berteau, president and CEO of Professional Services Council, about the role that federal contractors play in fighting for federal program funding. This conversation resulted from Congress’ recent agreement on top line budget items for the next two years.

The exact details of how the budget will be allocated is something that will be sorted over the next six weeks, and this is the time that federal contractors should be supporting their federal counterparts in securing funding according to Berteau.

Listen to the whole conversation here.

How vulnerable are contractors when it comes to data breaches?

According to a recent survey from cybersecurity firm BitSight, a significant number of federal contracting firms faced data breaches in the last two years. This survey evaluated 1,212 randomly selected firms with at least $10,000 in federal contract revenue.

In a recent article on FCW, Derek Johnson reported, “More government agencies are revising or augmenting their policies around data breach notification for contractors. The General Services Administration posted a Jan. 12 notice in the Federal Register that it is updating cybersecurity requirements for GSA contractors who deal with unclassified systems across the federal government.”

Read the whole story here.

DoD to clarify its cloud plans with industry day

The DoD’s cloud steering group is set to host an industry day on March 7 to elaborate on its planned Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud acquisition, according to a recent article on FCW by Lauren Williams.

Williams reported, “JEDI aims to deliver a cloud services solution that can support unclassified, secret and top secret requirements across DoD. The contract, which some industry observers have said could hit $2 billion, has prompted questions and speculation for months over whether DoD would go with a single cloud service provider.”

Read the whole story here.