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Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000

Story excerpt provide by theverge.com Early investments from a government agency, like NASA or the Air Force, can be a crucial step in the evolution of commercial space companies from scrappy startups to successful businesses. That’s according to a new report from Space Angels, an investment firm focused on the space industry, which quantified how … Continue reading Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000

Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

Story excerpt provided by fcw.com Defense contractors will face big changes and tight timelines over the next year as the Department of Defense rolls out its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, experts say. The framework, which aims to certify a company's compliance with federal cybersecurity regulations around controlled unclassified information (CUI), was announced by … Continue reading Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

NIST Updates SP 800-171 to Help Defend Sensitive Information from Cyberattack

Story excerpt provided by nist.gov An update to one of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) information security documents offers strategies to help protect sensitive information that is stored in computers supporting critical government programs and high value assets. The document, entitled Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 Revision 2: Protecting Controlled Unclassified … Continue reading NIST Updates SP 800-171 to Help Defend Sensitive Information from Cyberattack

Risks of Cybersecurity Noncompliance Expand

Story excerpt provided by hklaw.com With increasing cybersecurity obligations placed on government contractors come expanding legal risks. Bid protests challenging agency evaluations of offerors' abilities to meet cybersecurity solicitation criteria are becoming more common. See, e.g., Systems Analysis & Integration, Inc., B-416899.2, 2019 Comp. Gen. Proc. Dec. ¶P15, January 2, 2019.  A federal district court … Continue reading Risks of Cybersecurity Noncompliance Expand

SBA Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act

Story excerpt provided by hklaw.com The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) just issued its long-anticipated Proposed Rule implementing the Small Business Runway Extension Act (the Act). In our previous blog, we discussed the SBA's position that the Act would not be effective until the rulemaking process was completed. If implemented, the Proposed Rule will modify … Continue reading SBA Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act

DOE to Prohibit Contractors from Technical Collaboration with Certain Foreign Governments

Story excerpt provided by morganlewis.com The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued Order No. 486.1 on June 7 prohibiting DOE employees and contractors from participating in the foreign government “talent recruitment programs” of countries designated by the DOE as a “foreign country of risk,” which apparently include China and Russia. The order aims to balance … Continue reading DOE to Prohibit Contractors from Technical Collaboration with Certain Foreign Governments

Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD) is Proposing a Rule on Performance-Based Payments

DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which amends 10 U.S.C. 2307 to address the use of performance-based payments. A comment period for the proposed rule is open until July 1, 2019. Comments on the proposed rule should … Continue reading Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD) is Proposing a Rule on Performance-Based Payments

GSA Unveils Key Tenets of Governmentwide E-Commerce Pilot

Story excerpt provided by Nextgov Written by Jack Corrigan The General Services Administration is kicking off the final phase of a multi-year effort to stand up a governmentwide e-commerce platform that would make it easier for agencies to buy commercial products. GSA on Thursday released the implementation plan for part two of its commercial platforms initiative, … Continue reading GSA Unveils Key Tenets of Governmentwide E-Commerce Pilot