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China outweighs Russia as top national security threat to US, budget indicates

The national security budget for fiscal 2023 has been released. The White House is asking for $813.3 billion – $43 billion over last year’s projections. Roxana Tiron, senior reporter for Bloomberg Government, said a major theme from the budget is that Russia is still second to China as the United States’ main, “pacing” threat, partly […]


Intelligence and Analysis under secretary nominee will prioritize domestic extremism, says homeland security reporter

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tasked with collecting threat data and sharing it with state and local partners, but the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol last year showed what many critics say was a failure by that office to warn of the attack and the […]


Data strategy, earmarks among major federal news stories of 2021

This past year, the federal government saw many iterations of policies, programs and initiatives, all with the goal of delivering services to the American people. Reporters reviewed some of the top stories from 2021 on “Government Matters.” Jory Heckman, reporter at Federal News Network, said it was a big year for chief data officers, citing […]


United States is safer “in some ways” since 9/11, says Bloomberg Government senior reporter

Created 20 years ago in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tackles an assortment of threats to the nation. Ellen Gilmer, senior reporter at Bloomberg Government, asked of current and former DHS leaders, “are we safer now?” Gilmer said the most common response was that the United States […]


Contract consolidation drives surprising trends, government contract data analyst says

Government agencies could spend as much as $173 billion through multiple-award contracts by the end of this fiscal year, and that may only be a preview of what’s to come. Paul Murphy, senior data analyst at Bloomberg Government, said an unusual finding from recent analysis was that as multiple-award contract spending has been increasing, the […]


IT underpins all major initiatives in president’s budget request

President Biden’s new “skinny budget” request prioritizes IT modernization, with $750 million for IT upgrades and another $500 million for the Technology Modernization Fund, a funding vehicle for federal IT modernization projects. Laura Criste, Federal Market Analyst for Bloomberg Government, said although the five major budget priorities are not focused on IT, it is still […]


Mergers and acquisitions cause obstacles for small defense companies

The House Armed Services Committee has a new task force focused on reviewing the defense supply chain. The number of prime vendors has fallen by 36%. Travis Tritten, Senior Reporter at Bloomberg Government, said one factor contributing to this decline is mergers and acquisitions among large defense companies, which make it harder for smaller companies […]


Civilian agency contract spending in FY2020

Robert Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst at Bloomberg Government, breaks down contract spending in fiscal 2020 and the impact of COVID-19

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