The Inspector General recently released a report which places responsibility for the dysfunctional rollout of the HealthCare.gov website on lack of oversight and program management of contractors by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report also exposed concerning unethical behavior in the ways in which major contracts were awarded. Learn more about this report in today’s blog.
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Contractors Report Little Damage from Sequestraton; NASA’s timetable threatened by it Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:18 AMWith sequestration looming over their heads, big defense contractors were afraid that it would cause massive layoffs and unfortunate facility closures. However, The Washington Post reports that almost two months into the sequestration many companies have seen only a slight drop in revenue. Northrop Grumman reported that their profit and sales were essentially flat. The company reported profit of $489 million, down just over 3 percent from the same period a year ago. Sales hit $6.1 billion, down slightly from the first three months of 2012. The firm may not have been impacted much, but as The Washington Post reports, the actual effects of sequestration may not start effecting firms until the 2014 fiscal year.
Lockheed Martin also reported that there was not much of a change in their 2013 sales, but that the full effects would worsen over time. The Falls Church-based firm General Dynamics is already taking steps to protect its own funding. They cite that troubled programs and developmental programs are hardest hit by the sequestration. The firm is optimistic about being ready for when the full effects of sequestration hit. While it is good news that many big contractors are not seeing any devastating effects, it may be years still before the full hurt of sequestration is felt.
NASA is already predicting problems with their agenda of missions for 2013 and beyond because of sequestration. A mission to corral and land on an asteroid as well as a crewed mission to Mars during the 2030s are just two of the missions that NASA says could be pushed back significantly. If the sequestration remains in effect through the 2014 fiscal year, William Gerstenmaier (NASA’s chief of human exploration) stated that it would be “really tough for us going forward.” The agency proposed a $17.7 billion budget earlier this month for the 2014 fiscal year that would fund an asteroid mission, the Space Launch System and Orion vehicle for a Mars trip and other high-profile programs. Their 2014 budget is hedging bets on the fact that Congress will find a way around the current sequestration.
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Major contractors report little damage from sequestration, The Washington Post4
NASA: Sequestration threatens timetable for projects, USA Today
Malicious software, deemed “malware” in the Information Technology field, is a term that describes all varieties of threats to your computer that can inflict damage in varying degrees of intensity. Viruses, trojan horses, worms, and spyware all fall under the malware umbrella, and have been designed with the capacity to disrupt and even destroy content on your computer – from your files to your programs.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012: “To enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.”
Last week we explained how the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed to gain the 60 votes necessary to move the bill past cloture and go up for a full vote. And we hinted at the possibility of President Barrack Obama using his executive branch authorities, issuing an executive order to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Well, now Senator John Rockefellar (D-W.Va.), one of the co-sponsors of the bill, is asking the President to do just that.
In a letter to President Obama, Rockefellar urged the President to “explore and employ every lever of executive power that you possess to protect this country from the cyber threat.” Rockefellar believes that several portions of the Act could be implemented via executive order, regulatory processes, or under the authorities of the Homeland Security Act.
What an executive order cannot do for the bill, which would have set voluntary standards for companies operating critical infrastructure, is to offer incentives to companies adopting the practices, including protection against liability for punitive damages. Still, Rockefellar believes it is in everyone’s best interest to formalize and establish best practices to protect critical infrastructures.
“I believe companies that own critical infrastructure will choose to participate in this program because it will be in their best option to protect themselves against the cyberthreat facing our nation,” said Rockefeller. “This cyberthreat is unprecedented and we need an innovative and cooperative approach between the private sector and the federal government to protect the country from it.”
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David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.
As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.