The billions of bits and bytes that make government services, information sharing and even shopping easier also open the doors for adversaries to gather intelligence that aids their nefarious pursuits. AFCEA International’s Cyber Committee has published a white paper that describes several ways big data analytics can help cybersecurity analysts close those doors or at least shrink the gap and reduce vulnerabilities.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded a $300 million blanket purchase agreement to Reston, Virginia-based Octo Consulting Group.* Under the contract, Octo will support the development of the FDA's Drug Resource Management System. According to the company, Octo will provide advanced data analytics to help improve the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's (CDER's) regulatory, surveillance, compliance, enforcement and oversight capabilities, as well as meeting the requirements of the 21st Century Cure Act. *Small business.
The U.S. Department of Commerce today issued the "Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap," which outlines opportunities to spur innovation and improve public safety by making data more accessible and useful for police, firefighters, emergency medical services and other first responders.
Systems Engineering Associates Corp., Middletown, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $19,778,516 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services for the continued development of the Extensible Markup Language Test Data Analysis Tool (XTDAS) on all Navy submarines currently deployed. The XTDAS tool provides a portable, adaptable and cost effective means for collecting, analyzing, verifying and validating the required combat system data.
Rapidly evolving commercial solutions are having a large effect on how the intelligence community collects, processes and analyzes data to gain improved strategic agility. Enhanced reactive and predictive awareness will allow the United States to engage with global partners successfully while out-maneuvering adversaries at home and abroad. But for this to work, the U.S. government must challenge the status quo, stop accepting incremental change and push a cultural shift in policy.
Robert D. Niehaus Inc., Santa Barbara, Calif., is being awarded a firm-fixed-price requirements-type contract in the total estimated amount of $9,446,077 for the Defense Travel Management Office's (DTMO) requirement of data collection and analysis support services. The Defense Human Resources Activity Procurement Support Office, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity.