The GovCon Win News Round Up: Defense Cyber and IT Spending Trends Upward; New NRO Contract; and Air Force Seeks VR Partner

Welcome to the GovCon “Win” News Round Up brought to you by OCI. Each month, we provide you a summary of the most actionable news to help you maintain a competitive edge and win more business.

Defense IT and Cyber Spending Expected to Trend Upwards

Rising IT and cyber budgets may lie ahead, as the Defense Department moves forward with implementing zero trust architecture and begins relying more on artificial intelligence (AI), according to the DoD’s acting CIO.

Secretive Satellite Agency Opens Up to Industry with New Contract Vehicle

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is looking to more quickly take advantage of what it calls, “an explosion” of commercial innovation in the space industry, through a new, open-ended contracting vehicle.

CDC, NASA Seek Apps to Monitor Employee Vaccinations

The CDC and NASA are looking to vendors for ideas on managing the implementation of the Biden administration’s executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for federal employees and contractors.

Air Force Seeking Partners for VR for Training

In a recent request for information, the Air Force inquired about potential partners that could develop add-on software models to provide an accurate, high-resolution and complete digital simulation of F-16 and C-17 cockpits, for use in lightweight simulators that incorporate VR and are hosted in an immersive training environment.

 NSA Cyber Chief Spells Out Near-Term Priorities

Ensuring the U.S. has next-generation encryption necessary for the post-quantum era and reversing the recent increase in fallout from ransomware attacks are among National Security Agency (NSA) cyber officials’ top areas of focus in the near-term.

 CMS Plans Small Business Contract for Call Centers

CMS is working on a small business contract for training and other services to support its call center operations. The contract will likely be for one-year with four one-year options, and CMS describes it as “a full-and-open competition that is set-aside for small businesses.”

 A Deep Dive into the Multiple Award Schedule

Federal acquisition expert Robin Bourne discusses all things contractors need to know about the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) with Fed News Radio’s Roger Waldron.

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