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CYBERSECURITY Clarity of Leadership Urgently Needed to Fully Implement the National Strategy

Increasingly sophisticated cyber threats have underscored the need to manage and bolster the cybersecurity of key government systems and the nation’s cybersecurity. The risks to these systems are increasing as security threats evolve and become more sophisticated. GAO first designated information security as a government-wide high-risk area in 1997. This was expanded to include protecting cyber critical infrastructure in 2003 and protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information in 2015. In 2018, GAO noted that the need to establish a national cybersecurity strategy with effective oversight was a major challenge facing the federal government. READ REPORT  

INSTITUTE FOR NASCENT INNOVATIONS (I4NI)

An arm of the Defense Innovation Unit wants to streamline how it finds hidden problems buried in emerging crises, and is looking for a consortium management firm to administer the new effort. DIU’s National Security Innovation Network, focused on the human capital that turns new ideas into reality, is preparing to launch a new consortium: the Institute for Nascent Innovation, or I4NI. The new outfit will aim to bring “together diverse communities of universities, small businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors that can collaborate on prototyping projects, functioning as a strategic responsive cell,” according to notice released Friday. NOTICE

From the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)

September 19 2020

It was announced today that Andrew Bergholz, Co-Owner of TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co.), Inc will serve as the new Chairman of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI). TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc.) is a 65 year old Wisconsin based business headquartered in Brown Deer, Wisconsin dedicated to manufacturing, distributing and servicing the latest innovations in traffic and safety to government and commercial customers.

Mr. Bergholz succeeds William Hughes, Partner Husch Blackwell, who has served as Chairman since 2015 and served on the board since 1995. Mr. Hughes will continue to serve as a board member.

“I am very proud to have served as Chairman for the past years and look forward to continuing my work with WPI leadership. WPI is a tremendous asset to Wisconsin businesses that seek to obtain federal, state and local government contracts,” commented Mr. Hughes.

In addition, WPI’s board confirmed 2 new members:

  • Paul C. Darley is Chairman, CEO & President of W.S. Darley & Co. Founded in 1908, W.S. Darley & Co is a fourth-generation family business, led by Paul and an executive team that has transformed this 111-year-old company into a world leader in the firefighting and defense industries.
  • David Zvenyach, Principal Zvenyach LLC. Dave has unique expertise on all things public sector; he’s held positions in all three branches of government, as well as at the federal, state, and local levels. 

WPI Contact: Aina Vilumsons, ainav@wispro.org

Defense Spending by State – Fiscal Year 2018

The Defense Department and the National Governors Association are teaming up to find ways to strengthen the defense industrial base while also beefing up economic benefits for states and territories. The two-year program stems from a 2018 study by OEA, which looks at DoD contract obligations and payroll spending in each state. It totaled $500 billion, averaging more than $1,500 per capita. “Governors said, ‘This is great. We love this data. But now, how do we put this into action? What do we do with this? And how can we better support our defense communities and supply chains?’” Amanda Winters, program director at NGA told Federal News Network. “We were able to jump in with OEA and create that could focus on the ways in which governors can utilize data and resources to strengthen the state and federal connection as we work together to support defense communities and installation.” DOCUMENTS

Integrated Award Environment (IAE) will incorporate additions and revisions to Product Service Codes (PSCs)

On October 24, 2020, GSA’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) will incorporate additions and revisions to Product Service Codes (PSCs). PSCs classify the products, services, and research and development items purchased by the federal government. They are used in collecting and analyzing data about federal procurements. IAE will carry out the following changes regarding the PSCs:

Activate 155 new research and development (R&D) PSCs while end-dating 721 R&D PSCs;

Activate 42 new information technology PSCs while end-dating 71 IT PSCs;

Activate two product codes–PSC 6835 (new) and PSC 6830 (revised);

Activate PSC Q901 Healthcare Environmental Cleaning, renamed from Aseptic Housekeeping Services.

These PSC changes will be deployed throughout the IAE systems. The PSC tables will be updated with the SAM.gov deployment and you will be able to select from the updated PSCs following the deployment.  Agencies’ contract writing systems can incorporate the PSC changes following the FPDS-NG deployment. Both the SAM.gov and FPDS-NG.gov deployments will happen October 24, 2020.

The PSC application program interface (API), which provides third-party applications access to the PSC codes updates, is available now at https://beta.sam.gov/data-services to accommodate back-end database updates.

The PSC Manual (available at FPDS.gov → Worksite → PSC Manual) and other supporting documents will be updated and posted by October 30, 2020, to reflect these changes. The most recent version of the PSC Manual and supporting documentation can be found at https://www.acquisition.gov/PSC_Manual. Send all questions regarding the PSCs to PSC-Codes@gsa.gov.