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Huawei ban could be delayed a year for contractors

The Pentagon is considering giving defense contractors another year to fully prove they don't have any technology from Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE, as required by the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The law bans the whole government from doing business with any company that “uses” several types of Chinese technology deemed to be a national security risk. The deadline is August, but the Department of Defense worries its contractors won't meet it, especially with the recent disruptions of COVID-19. Though the deadline would technically still be in effect, under an extension the department would change the requirements in contracting language allowing vendors more time to reach full compliance. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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Facial recognition standoff won't hurt federal agencies

You probably saw last week that a handful of major tech companies don't want to sell facial recognition to law enforcement, at least until there are some better laws in place. But most federal agencies that conduct law enforcement have missions that are much broader than just that. And that could mean those agencies won't be shut out from buying facial recognition from companies like IBM, Microsoft and Amazon. But even if they were, between 150 and 200 companies worldwide produce facial recognition algorithms, so the three in question represent a drop in the bucket. Dave Nyczepir looks into the facial recognition bans.

New COE awards

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, with its partner the General Services Administration, awarded two contracts as part of its Centers of Excellence IT modernization initiative. HUD selected Systems Engineering Solutions Corp. for help with cloud adoption and Booz Allen Hamilton to support its customer experience transformation. The contracts are just two of a total six that HUD has put up for bid as part of its Phase II work under the Centers of Excellence program. Billy Mitchell has more.

DOJ's huge cyber contract

The Department of Justice issued a $1.9 billion Cybersecurity Program Management blanket purchase agreement. DOJ awarded 14 spots on the BPA to two service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and 12 unrestricted contractors. Dutch Ridge Consulting Group is one of the winners under the 10-year contract. More on the contract.

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