Tag Archives: coronavirus pandemic

Report: DoD Contract Obligations Up 10% in Fiscal 2020

DoD Contract Spending

The Department of Defense (DoD) obligated $445.5 billion on contract awards during fiscal year 2020, a nearly 10 percent increase from the year-ago period's contracting obligations of $404.5 billion, driven primarily by events related to the global security landscape and coronavirus pandemic. It was also noted that Lockheed secured the highest amount of contracting dollars at $72.3 billion.

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Tonya Ugoretz: FBI Sees Significant Rise in Cyber Threats Related to COVID-19

Tonya Ugoretz

Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said at least 20,000 reports of malicious emails, scams and other cyber threats related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lodged this year with the bureau’s internet crime complaint center. She noted that nation-state actors continue to target U.S. health care institutions performing research into treatments and vaccines against the disease.

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Committee Issues Report on COVID-19 Response-Related Challenges Facing Agencies

COVID-19

A Pandemic Response Accountability Committee report has identified the top challenges facing federal agencies in their COVID-19 pandemic response efforts and one of those is financial management. “Key areas of concern include both the need for accurate information concerning pandemic-related spending and the significant amount of money federal agencies may lose as the result of improper payments,” the PRAC said in the report.

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Ellen Lord: Pentagon Would Need Congress to Pass Supplemental Appropriations

Hon. Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said DoD may have to take some funds from its modernization and readiness accounts if Congress fails to provide supplemental budget amid mounting COVID-19 pandemic-related claims from the defense industry, Defense News reported Wednesday.

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Stephen Kitay: Pentagon Examines Initial Results of Survey of Space Industrial Base Amid COVID-19

Stephen Kitay

Stephen Kitay, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Space Acquisition Council is assessing initial results of a survey about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the space industrial base, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

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Cyberspace Solarium Commission Offers New Recommendations in White Paper

Cyberspace

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released a white paper that offers cybersecurity lessons from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and four new recommendations that are classified into two sections. The first section suggests the passage of an Internet of Things Security Law and an increase in support to nonprofit organizations that assist law enforcement efforts to counter cyber crime and support victims as two new recommendations to advance the digitization of critical services and support the work-from-home economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

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