FriYAY Quick Hits

🏛️ Federal Government

FedGovs on Funding

Lawmakers have less than 3 weeks until the start of FY 2020, and both chambers must pass 12 spending bills by October 1 to avoid a shutdown. A CR is expected to be implemented - but TBD on the details. Let the games begin!

Senate Armed Services Committee Advance Policy Questions for Barbara Barrett Nominee for Appointment to be Secretary of the Air Force. Side note: Barrett is open to four space launch providers, not two as the Air Force wants for the National Security Space Launch program. Could have the potential to shake up that billion-dollar+ initiative.
Source: Air Force (free)

House drafts CR that would extend funding through Nov. 21
Source: Inside Defense (free)

MDA wins support, financing from key Senate panel for the immediate pivot from RKV to NGI
Source: Inside Defense (paid)

Air Force looking to establish directed-energy, counter-UAS programs of record in near-term
Source: Inside Defense (paid)

Funding for SCO technology bound for Marine Corps at risk in FY-20 defense bills
Source: Inside Defense (paid)

Senate Appropriations Committee's FY-20 defense spending report
Source: Inside Defense (paid)

Following the Federal Dollar… geographically
Source: GAO Watchdog (free)

GAO Deep Space & Deep Fakes: New "Center for Strategic Foresight" Launched
Source: GAO (free)

DOE Secretary Perry Stands Up Office for Artificial Intelligence and Technology
Source: DOE (free)

Army is standing up an AAW Recruitment & Sustainment Center of Excellence
Source: Army (free)

FedGovs in the Court Room


Letter Carriers Sue Postal Service Over Push to 'Radically Refashion' Their Jobs
Source: Government Executive (free)

5th Circ. Revives Whistleblower Suit Against Gov't Contractor
Source: Law 360 (paid)

When Innovation Invents: Artificial Intelligence Issues at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Source: JD Supra (free)

Translators Can Move Forward With Army Deal FCA Suit
Source: Law 360 (paid)

FedGovs on the Move

For those keeping score at home the Administration's national security apparatus currently lacks a permanent: Homeland Security Secretary, Director of National Intelligence, Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Air Force, and a National Security Advisor.

Interior says there is currently a hiring freeze at the dept to create openings for employees who don't want to relocate out west. Official says Interior does not want to lose a single worker.
Source: Government Executive (free)

Air Force General's Supporters Mount Campaign to Make Him Leader of Space Force
Source: (free)

DHA Acquisition & Business Operations Exec departs, joins industry
Source: G2Xchange (paid)

Dale Cabaniss confirmed as OPM director
Source: Fedscoop (free)

Ex-FEMA Official Arrested In Hurricane Maria Bribe Scheme
Source: Law 360 (paid)

Dept of Navy Transforms Naval Education, Hires First Chief Learning Officer
Source: Navy (free)

HHS taps Data and Integration Services Director
Source: FedHealthIT (paid)

John Bolton is fired? Or did he resign?
Source: New York Times (free)

Seventeen Nominations and Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate
Source: White House (free)

FedGovs Memos, Legislation & Regulations

Copyright Small Claims Court Bill Advances In House
Source: Law 360 (paid)

GSA clarifies supply chain rules
Source: FCW (free)

OMB released updated to the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative
Source: OMB (free)

Navy Modifies Acquisition Supplement to Tighten Cybersecurity Requirements and Implement the Geurts Memorandum
Source: Covington (free)

NIST released a draft Privacy Framework - and they want your input!
Source: NIST (free)

Source: Space Policy Online (free)

DOD: Contractors Will Need Cyber Certification Beginning Next Summer
Source: Air Force (free)

OIG, GAO & Congressional Reports

USAID REFORM: Efforts Address Most Key Practices but Could Improve in Performance Assessment and Strategic Workforce Planning
Source: GAO (free)

GAO Rejects Nonprofit’s Protest Over VA Deal As Too Late <-- late is late people!
Source: Law 360 (paid)

GAO Will Review Border Wall Land Seizure Plans
Source: Law 360 (paid)

DOT OIG: FTA has an opportunity to improve the integrity monitor program for Hurrican Sandy grantees
Source: DOT OIG (free)

CRS: Grants Work in a Congressional Office
Source: CRS Report (free)

CRS: SBA Small Business Investment Company Program
Source: CRS Report (free)

OIG: A Strategy Is Needed to Assess the Compliance of Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions with Federal Tax Requirements
Source: OIG (free)

OIG: U.S. Postal Service Processing Network Optimization
Source: OIG (free)

U.S. ASSISTANCE TO MEXICO: State and USAID Allocated over $700 Million to Support Criminal Justice, Border Security, and Related Efforts from Fiscal Year 2014 through 2018
Source: GAO (free)

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: DOD Needs to Fully Implement Program for Piloting Open Source Software
Source: GAO (free)

GAO Backs Navy On $937M Littoral Combat Ship Support Deal
Source: Law 360 (paid)

FOREIGN ASSISTANCE: State Department Should Take Steps to Improve Timeliness of Required Budgetary Reporting
Source: GAO (free)

ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL: Efforts Are Ongoing to Update Cannon House Office Building's Renovation Cost and Schedule Estimates
Source: GAO (free)

NUCLEAR WASTE CLEANUP: DOE Faces Project Management and Disposal Challenges with High-Level Waste at Idaho National Laboratory
Source: GAO (free)

JOB CORPS: Actions Needed to Improve Planning for Center Operation Contracts
Source: GAO (free)

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION: DHS Is Developing and Testing Security Technologies, but Could Better Share Test Results
Source: GAO (free)



⏰ Contracts


AFMC issued $1M contract award to Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition for Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Leveraged Science and Technology (S&T) Program


Army/ACC announced that they plan on releasing the final RFP for Futures and Concepts Center (FCC) on October 21st

Army/USMRAA issued final RFP for Combat Readiness-Medical Research Program (CRRP) Rapid Development and Translational Research Award (RDTRA) BAA

Army/ACC issued $40M contract award to Tetra Tech for Comprehensive Transition Planning for CMA

Army/ACC issued $2M contract award to Rock Island Integrated Services for Base Operations Support Services

Army/ACC issued final RFP for Consulting Services for the Innovation Hub (I-HUB) Army Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2)

Army/ACC issued RFI for conduct study and analysis of Army Band public impact and provide quantified report

Army/CHRA issued final RFQ for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1394660)

Army/USACE issued final RFQ for Nolan Building Artwork & Artifacts under GSA 00CORP Schedule (RFQ1395259)

Army/USFOR-A issued $2.5M contract increase/bridge to BAH for USFOR-A Support Services


CNCS issued RFI for Operations and Maintenance support for the SuccessFactors system


ED issued final RFQ for Enterprise Risk Management System (ERM) under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395721)


DARPA/SBPO issued SBIR/STTR Opportunity: Self-Reconfigurable Modular Ground Robots


DCA issued contract award to Thermopylae S&T for Google Web Mapping Solution for the Defense Commissary Agency


DCMA issued final RFQ for Quality Assurance Engineer Skillset Training


DFAS issued sole source contract award for DCMA Audit Readiness Support


DHA issued $4M 8(a) sole source award for E-Commerce Program Management Services Support


DHS/FEMA issued final RFP for Continued Education Program for Region II

DHS/USCG issued final RFP for Contractor Technical Support Services for GSA 00CORP Schedule (RFQ1395835)

DHS/OCPO issued bridge contract award to REI Systems for DHS/S&T OIP Web Portal

DHS/FEMA issued final RFP for Resiliency Symposium for Region II

DHS/FEMA issued RFI for Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Solutions

DHS/FEMA issued sources sought for EMA-NORTHCOM INITIATIVE

DHS/ICE issued sole source contract for Professional Auditing Services for Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

DHS/USCG issued sole source contract award for FedRAMP Certified Ideation Software

DHS/USCIS issued final RFQ for Behavioral Threat Assessments, Consultation and Training

DHS/USCIS issued RFI for Civil Surgeon Credential Verification


DIA issued $90M contract award to BAH for Graphics Design and Dissemination Services

DIA issued new BAA Call for Solutions for Automated Video Deep Fake Detection under NeedipeDIA BAA

DIA issued sole source contract/"emergency bridge" to BAH under their current Enterprise Cross Domain Services (ECDS) task order under the IC ITE Enterprise Management Services (EMT) IDIQ Contract


DISA/DITCO extended RFI response date for Defense Enclave Services

DISA/DITCO issued sole source contract award to Cyber Reliant Corp. (Trivalent) for DoD Mobility Classified Capability - Secret (DMCC-S) Data-at-Rest (DAR) Email Solution

DISA/DITCO issued sources sought for Unified Situational Cyber Awareness (USCA)


DLA issued final RFQ for Voiceover and On-Screen Talent under GSA 00CORP Schedule (RFQ1394033)


DMA cancelled Analysis and Evaluation Support RFQ


DOC issued final RFP for ServiceNow Developer Professional Service Support under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395413)

DOC/OS issued sole source contract award to The MacroDyn Group to continue to provide macroeconomic modeling, algorithms, and methodologies in support of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

DOC/USPTO issued sole source contract for USPTO Amazon Web Services Cloud Services (UACS)


DOE issued final RFP for NNSA Workplace Violence Prevention Consultation

DOE issued sole source contract award for Enhance, Update & Maintain DOE Official Record Documents

DOE/FNAL issued final RFP for Legal Services: Construction Law (Subcontract Opp)

DOE issued contract award for Public Affairs Support for Insider Threat Program Outreach Services Master BPA


DOI/USCG issued final RFQ for Strategic Evaluation of the USGS Coastal/Hazards and Resources Program

DOI/USGS issued final RFP for SpaceNav Collision Risk Management System (CRMS) Software Maintenance, Space Situational Awareness (SAA) Reporting and Analysis Services


DOJ/DEA issued final RFP for Public Affairs & Museum Support Services

DOJ/EOUSA issued sole source contract award for Database and Outcome Analysis of Conviction

DOJ/FBI issued final RFQ for EQ-i Training under GSA 00CORP Schedule (RFQ1395188)

DOJ/FBI issued sole source contract award for Construction Administration and Commissioning Services in support of the RMACC R1 Seed Project, for the Explosive Technical Laboratory (ETL) of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC)

DOJ/FBI issued final RFQ for Senior Forensics SME/Consultant


DOL/ETA released RFI for Operation of Springdale and Tongue Point Job Corps Centers

DOL/ETA released RFI for Operation of the Little Rock Job Corps Center

DOL/ETA issued RFI for Dayton Job Corps Center


DOT Drug and Alcohol Collection Site Reviews and Service Agent Investigations

DOT issued final RFQ for The Catalog Management System for United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) under GSA IT-70 (RFQ1394663)

DOT/FMCSA awarded 2 contracts for $12M Construction and Project Management Research and Technology Program IDIQ

DOT/FAA issued dSOW for Professional Support Services (PSS)

DOT/FHWA issued 6 contract awards for Infrastructure Research and Technology Deployment Program IDIQ

DOT/OST issued $100M+ contract award to Changeis for Support for Communications and Operations Research and Analysis (SCOAR)

DOT/OST issued sole source award for Communications and Operations Research Analysis (CORA-II) Support Services

DTRA released pre-solicitation notice for upcoming Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center (DTRIAC) re-compete


EPA issued final RFP for EPA's National Port Initiative Support Services

EPA issued final RFP for RCRAInfo Technical Support Services for ORCR under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395026)

EPA/OAS issued contract award to E&Y for Financial Advisory Support Services for San Mateo-Foster City and Inland Empire Utilities Agency


GAO issued final RFP for Integrated Library System under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395591)

GAO issued final RFQ for Integrated Library System


GSA - on behalf of DHS/FEMA - issued RFI for FEMA Response Geospatial Office (RGO) Planning and Support under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395213)

GSA/CIO issued final RFQ for “SailPoint" Pilot

GSA/FAS - on behalf of DHA - issued sole source contract for Program and Technical Management Support Services

GSA/FAS - on behalf of USN/NAVAIR - issued sole source contract award to Deloitte to continue the provision of Depot Maintenance System (NDMS) Program Management Office (PMO) and Command Information Officer (CIO) Support Services

GSA issued first task order award under $2.5B payroll modernization contract


HHS/AHRQ issued contract award to the National Academy of Sciences for Implementing High-Quality Primary Care

HHS/PSC issued soles source contract modification/extension to STG International for Fed Response PMO Support

HHS/NIH issued final RFP for NICHD Professional Services

HHS/NIH issued final RFP for Director Interviews for GSA 00CORP Schedule (RFQ1395837)

HHS/NIH awarded two contracts for Bioinformatics Centers for Infectious Diseases contract

HHS/CMS awarded 17 contracts for $5B Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design, and Analysis (RMADA) 2 contract

HHS/PSC issued final RFP for Advancing a Regional Approach for NNED

HHS Awards $374 Million to Programs Supporting Maternal and Child Health

HHS/CDC issued sole source contract to the University of Mexico for Project ECHO for services to train Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHS) on Opioid Crisis Response

HHS/CMS exercised OY2 under Enrollment Workstation (EWS), Issuance Workstation (IWS), Registrar Support, Fingerprinting, e-QIP, Front-end PIV Credentialing and Adjudication Support Services contract

HHS/CMS issued sole source contract award to Deloitte for them to continue Robotics Process Automation (RPA)

HHS/NIH issued $20M contract award to the State of Maryland for the NIH NeuroBioBank Brain and Tissue Repository

HHS/NIH issued contract award tp Ripple Effect Communications for Trainee Wellness & Career Readiness Support Services

HHS/NIH issued dSOW for Science, Translation, Analysis and Research Support

HHS/NIH issued final RFQ for Assay Development Karyotyping Services

HHS/NIH issued pre-solicitation notice for Professional and Technical Support for OWS Applications

HHS/NIH issued sources sought for Comprehensive Support Services for Challenge Awards

HHS/OS issued final RFP for Clinical Studies Network (CSN) Clinical Trial Planning and Execution (CTPE)

HHS/OS issued final RFP for Clinical Studies Network (CSN) Statistical and Data Coordinating Center (SDCC)


ITC issued final RFQ for Non-Tarrif database development utilizing Microsoft Access or PostgreSQL under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395223)


NASA/SSC issued final RFQ for Office 365 Post Migration Support

NASA/SSC issued sole source contract for Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture, IT Policy/Governance, and Portfolio Management

NASA/ARC issued RFI for Starling Flight Dynamics System (FDS)

NASA/SSC issued RFI for Cloud Physicist Support for the Cloud Particle Size and Mass Distribution Analyses for NASA's Icing Research


NGA issued RFI for Enterprise Support for Administrative Services II


Peace Corps

Peace Corps issued sole source contract award for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Development Support


TREAS/BFS issued final RFQ for Google G Suites, Google Cloud Platform, Cloudlock Security Suites, Training and Support for the National Mediation Board (NMB)

TREAS/IRS issued RFI for Compliance Data Warehouse Support Services

TREAS/IRS issued final RFP for Medical Services for Criminal Investigations in U.S. and Puerto Rico

TREAS/IRS issued an acquisition schedule update for anticipated Electronic Payment (e-payment) Services RFP

TREAS/IRS issued final RFP for Criminal Investigators’ Medical Clearance Program


USAF/AFCEC is looking for a vendor to help them in the development of industry best practices to update a draft Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) and Mitigate Terrorist Attacks

USAF/AFMC issued dRFP for ATSSI II Services

USAF/AFICC issued dRFP for AF Housing, Enhanced Use Lease, and Utilities (HEU) Privatization Management

USAF issued RFI for Developmental Classes and Services

USAF/AMC issued final RFQ for Agile Change Management Training Services

USAF/AFGSC issued pre-solicitation notice for 89th Administrative Support Services

USAF/AFMC is looking to award a sole source contract for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

USAF/AFMC issued final RFP for Trade Space Analysis Framework

USAF/AFMC issued RFI for C-5 Avionics Mission Systems Sustainment (AMSS)

USAF/AFMC issued sole source contract award for Hill Enterprise Data Center

USAF/AFMC issued sole source contract for Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service Engineering Support

USAF/AFSC issued sole source contract United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) Joint Operations Center (JOC) Facility Modification

USAF/Europe released final RFQ for Digitization and Database Generation Services - RAF Lakenheath

USAF/AFMC issued RFI for the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System (DEAMS) Capability Deployment


USAID/Nigeria issued $90M contract award for Feed-the-Future West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (Trade and Investment Hub) Activity

USAID/Washington awarded 10 contracts for $2.5B Support Which Implements Fast Transition (SWIFT) 5 contract

USAID/Zimbabwe issued RFI for Feed the Future Zimbabwe Food Security and Resilience


USDA issued final RFQ for FNS Managed Cloud Services under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395206)

USDA/RD issued pre-solicitation notice for $20M Solutions Based Financial Services IDIQ

USDA/RD issued sources sought for Foreclosure Legal Services and Related Technical Services for the State of Virginia

USDA/OH issued final RFQ for Creation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Needs and Support under GSA 00CORP Schedule (RFQ1395813)


USN issued final RFQ for Research and Advisory Services under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395104).Note: only DoD ESI BPA holders can respond.

USN/NSSP issued final RFP for OSHA Compliance and Assessment Audit Support Services

USN/USMC issued contact award to Hartwood Consulting Group (TNDA Technologies) for
Business Process Analysis & Integration

USN/COMNAVSURFPAC issued final RFP for RIMPAC Database Creation, Improvement and Maintenance, and Training Service under GSA IT-70 Schedule (RFQ1395608). This is 100% SDVOSB Set-Aside under VETS 2 GWAC.

USN/NAVAIR issued $1.3M contract award for Japan F-35 Technology Security Support Team

USN/NAVAIR issued new sources sought for NAVAIR Digital Group Technology Acceleration and Integration/Information Technology/Information Management/Cyber Security Support Services (prev. sol # N00421-19-R-0101)

USN/NAVSUP issued $32M contract award to Serco for Psychological Health Outreach Services

USN/NAVSUP issued contract award to Armed Forces Reunion for Returning Warrior Workshop Support Services

USN/NAVSUP issued final RFP for NAVSUP BSC SAS Code Review Support

USN/NAVSUP issued RFI for Program Assistant support services

USN/NIWC issued sole source contract modification/increase to three Leidos task orders supporting Distributed Common Ground System –Navy Increment 2 (DCGS-N Inc 2)

USN/NSWC issued RFI for Corporate Operations Support Services

USN/NUWC issued contract award to Hawk Technologies for Drawings for Patent Applications Support Services

USN/USMC issued RFI for Marine Corps Force Design

USN/USMC issued sole source contract for Escalate Cyber Security Training

USN/USMC issued sole source contract for IT Support Services for coordination and support on business transformation issues, assisting with planning future requirements and programming issues


USPS issued final RFP for 2019 EEO Investigative Services


USSOCOM issued $2M contract award to The Brief Lab (Sheffield Company) for Communications Workshops


USTDA cancelled Acquisition Support Services RFP


VA issued 6 contract awards under Veterans Intake, Conversion, and Communications Services IDIQ

VA issued $4M sole source contract award to ATP2 LLC for Medical Claims Support Services contract follow-on

VA issued final RFP for Music and Messaging Service under GSA 00CORP Schedule (RFQ1395750)

VA/SAC issued pre-solicitation notice for Veteran Affairs Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor Distribution Program 2.0

VA/SAC issued final RFP for NVGAG Volunteer Management System

VA/TAC issued $3M contract award for Pharmacy Reengineering (PRE) Inbound ePrescribing Clearing House Transaction Services

VA/TAC issued $6M contract award to Thundercat Technology for NDCOL Vista Gen3 Buildout

VA/TAC issued final RFQ for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Environmental Health & Safety Auditing System

VA/VAMC - Clarksburg issued final RFP for Radiation Oncology Quality Surveillance (ROQS) Program

VA/VAMC-Bronx issued final RFP for Employee Functional Development Training

VA/VAMC-Nashville issued sole source contract award to Data Innovations for Instrument Management System Support Services


WHS issued contract award to Dimensional Concepts for Financial Management and Professional Administrative Support Services

WHS issued contract award for Data Analysis and Integration Support



📆 Events

September 13, 2019. USAF Hill AFB is hosting an event where industry can come tear down an unserviceable SCRIU

September 13-14, 2019. USPTO Invention-Con 2019

September 17-18, 2019. MDA One-on-One Sessions for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

September 20, 2019. DHS/CISA Job Fair

September 25, 2019. SOFWRX Data Engineering Lab Grand Opening

September 25, 2019. GSA FedRAMP Heads to San Francisco to Host Small Business and Startup Meeting

September 26, 2019. DOC/NIST Transport Layer Security (TLS) Server Certificate Management Industry Day

September 30, 2019. USAF/AFMC Information Technology Pitch Day

October TBD, 2019. USN/NAVSUP Ship Repair Dubai Industry Day

October 1, 2019. DARPA/BTO Focused Pharma Proposers Day

October 2, 2019. HHS/NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program (NIDA IRP) Industry Day

October 7, 2019. DARPA The Military Tactical Means (MTM) Proposers Day

October 7, 2019. GSA/FAS - on behalf of USSOCOM - Special Operations Forces (SOF) Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Services Support (SOF ATL SS) Industry Day

October 8-9, 2019. USAF & NASA Technical Interchange Meeting focused on Trusted Autonomy of Space Systems

October 15, 2019. USAF/AFMC SAFE Industry Day

October 16, 2019. DOS/OSDBU U.S. Department of State Small Business Industry Day 2019

October 17-18, 2019. USN/NAVAIR Joint Services Aircrew Systems Industry Day

October 22, 2019. USSOCOM Small Business Roundtable

October 25, 2019. National Gallery of Art Coding Our Collection Datathon

October 30, 2019. HHS/NIH Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program Pre-Proposal Conference

November 5-6, 2019. USACE/Rock Island Construction Quality Management (CQM) for Contractors Presentation

November 6, 2019. USN/NSWC 2019 Industry Summit "Creating & Maintaining a Sense of Urgency"

November 6-7, 2019. NAWCWD Industry Day Event (now called California Contracting/Acquisition/Procurement (C-CAP) Expo)

November 7, 2019. GSA/OSDBU announced Access Forum for Vendors

April 14-16, 2020. GSA Federal Acquisition Service Training (FAST) Conference




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