DHS, NIST List Goals for Cyber Best Practices


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) have jointly classified cybersecurity practices into nine categories as bases for cyber performance goals. The nine categories each have specific objectives with regard to how secure control systems are operated and deployed, NIST said Thursday.

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DHS Kicks Off ‘Cooling Solutions’ Competition to Boost Climate Resilience; Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a series of competitions intended to bolster the nation’s climate resilience and advance the development of innovations that address climate change risks. The DHS said Thursday that its science and technology directorate and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will lead the first series of competitions focused on inventions that counter heat-related illnesses and death. 

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Andrew Cox: USSF to Give Industry Overview of Force Design Process

Space Warfighting

Andrew Cox, director of the U.S. Space Force's Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC), said that SWAC plans to discuss its digital approach to the force design process with potential industry partners at an Oct. 27th classified business event. “We’re going to reveal our thought process on how we think that future force design will look,” Cox noted.

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GAO: Space Force Should Present More Transparent Schedule, Cost Risk Data for Next Gen OPIR Program

Next Generation

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Space Force provide congressional defense committees with more transparent data about cost and schedule risks facing the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) missile warning satellite program to improve congressional oversight and decision-making. The first Next Gen OPIR satellite is expected to launch in 2025. 

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Laura Stanton: On-Ramps, No-Price Awards Among Features GSA Wants for Polaris GWAC

Laura Stanton

Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner for the office of information technology category at the General Services Administration’s (GSA)  Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), said GSA is looking to integrate key features to the Polaris governmentwide acquisition contract for small IT businesses. Those features include on-ramps, access to emerging technologies and no-price awards with pricing negotiated at the task order level to drive competition.

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President Biden Names 30 Science & Tech Leaders to PCAST

White House

President Biden has announced the 30 members of a new council that will develop and provide the White House with science and technology policy recommendations. Eric Lander, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) with Frances Arnold, a Nobel laureate and the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and Maria Zuber, vice president for research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at MIT

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NIST Releases Draft of Cybersecurity Guide for Grid-Edge Devices; Seeks Public Input


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the draft of its cybersecurity guide aimed at presenting standards, strategies and technologies that can help in securing distributed energy resources and grid-edge devices. NIST released Tuesday the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’s Special Publication 1800-32, titled “Securing the Industrial Internet of Things: Cybersecurity for Distributed Energy Resources.

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GovCon Expert Kim Koster: 2021 Gauge Report Highlights Challenges, Best Practices in Post-Pandemic Marketplace

GovCon Expert

Unanet and CohnReznick LLP, joint authors of the fifth annual 2021 Gauge Report, released their findings from the survey which gathered data from nearly 1,500 government contracting representatives from January to May of 2021 and found that the top pressures currently affecting the government contracting marketplace include competition, cyber threats, compliance costs, hybrid work environments and supply chain disruptions. 

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Army Seeks to Automate EW, Spectrum Management With New Software

Electronic Warfare

The U.S. Army's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (2SBCT) has tested a new tool built to help military personnel manage electronic warfare and spectrum activities in a common operating environment. The Army said Wednesday soldiers used the EW Planning and Management Tool to track high-payoff targets during the test and perform spectrum management operations for a command post exercise.

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Wilmer Graham: HUD to Implement AI-Based Risk Management Platform

Artificial Intelligence

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks to simplify the process for reviewing grant applications and monitoring grantees through the implementation of an artificial intelligence-based risk management technology. Wilmer Graham, chief risk officer of HUD, said that she expects the Argus system rollout effor to drive the adoption of AI technology in other agency programs.

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