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Day: August 5, 2021

Government Matters (Full Show) – August 5, 2021

Federal contracting challenges brought to forefront during pandemic Marie Mak, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at GAO, reviews a new report from her office outlining challenges agencies faced in contracting with new vendors during the pandemic   Other Transaction Authorities meet tenets of public procurement, says Second Front Systems exec Jason Knudson, vice […]

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Federal contracting challenges brought to forefront during pandemic

Federal agencies have spent more than $61 billion from contracts to respond to the pandemic. But those agencies canceled $4 billion of contract obligations. Marie Mak, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at the Government Accountability Office, said her office found some contracting officers did not have agency-specific guidance, training or access to available […]

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Other Transaction Authorities meet tenets of public procurement, says Second Front Systems exec

Agencies use OTAs, other transaction authority contracts, for $12.5 billion in pandemic spending. The Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security use OTAs to stay flexible and respond quickly, which sparks questions about transparency and accountability. Jason Knudson, vice president of product development at Second Front Systems and former Chief of Staff […]

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Partnerships with equipment manufacturers essential for cyber defense, says security expert

14 new cybersecurity vulnerabilities that cyber firm Forescout identified put critical federal infrastructure at risk. Those vulnerabilities could affect the security of online government systems. Rita Foster, infrastructure advisor at Idaho National Laboratory, said federal IT leaders should prioritize partnerships with integrators and original equipment manufacturers to solidify communication between infrastructure end devices. Foster said […]

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