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The Pentagon Spent Nearly $1 Billion on an Audit — And Failed

The Defense Department failed its first-ever audit as investigators found weak information technology security that could endanger weapon inventories and equipment mislabeled in far-flung warehouses.

Auditors found no evidence of fraud in the review of finances that Congress required, even as they flagged a laundry list of problems, including uncontrolled access to computer systems and listing functioning rocket motors as out-of-order, according to Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist.

2018 Post-Election Briefing with Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight

On November 8, Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group joined together for a post-election briefing, providing in-depth analysis of the midterm elections results.

Trick or Treat: Candy Makers Say Sugar Costs Too Much

The price for sugar beets is back up as of Oct. 30, just as trick-or-treaters prepare for the annual Halloween candy binge.

The increase is in line with the continuing U.S. sugar policy, which sets production limits that keep sugar prices higher.

“The combined effects of limits on domestic production and imports push U.S. prices up to artificially high levels,” the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy, a group led by the National Confectioners Association and the Sweetener Users Association and representing food companies that use sugar as an ingredient, said in a document provided to Bloomberg Government.

Synagogue Massacre Spurs Calls for New DHS Anti-Terrorism Grants

Lawmakers from both parties are calling for more funding for grants to help synagogues, churches, and other non-profits at high risk for terrorism to bolster their security in the wake of Saturday’s fatal shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

House Republicans and Democrats are championing legislation (H.R. 1486) that would create a grant program within the Department Homeland of Security to help non-profits buy security cameras, gates, barriers and train employees against attacks.

Lobbyists Profit from Trump and Senate’s Shortened Summer Break

Many of Washington’s top lobbying firms rode a wave of increasing revenue in the third-quarter of 2018, staying busy during a summer when President Donald Trump and the Senate refused to take much of a vacation.

Fine Print Lets Drone Makers Swallow Up Sensitive Data: FAA, DHS

Drone manufacturers may be scooping up sensitive videos of crime scenes, electric grids, and other critical infrastructure under terms of service that give them access to the data, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Aviation Administration officials say.

Air Force Head Used Ex-House Perk During Space Corps Fight

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson used her special access as a former lawmaker to talk directly to members on the House floor—at a time when she was actively fighting a legislative proposal to create a dedicated military space corps.

Special Ops $350M Training Competition Details Out

FY 2019 Army Budget and Opportunities: Event Replay

The U.S. Army’s budgets and programs are focused on high-end combat capabilities with near-peer adversaries. While upgrades to its existing systems will be the short-term trend, investments in cutting-edge technologies — offensive and defensive cyber, artificial intelligence and autonomy — will become increasingly important.

SSA Seeks Small-Business IT to Support Aging ‘Boomers’

As more “Baby Boomers” leave the workforce, the Social Security Administration is seeking small IT vendors to support one of the nation’s largest social welfare programs.

SSA posted a request for proposal for a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract known as Enterprise Small Business IT Support Services, or ESBITSS, on Oct. 4. The contract will support the modernization of the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program, which provides financial assistance to elderly, blind, or disabled adults, and disadvantaged children.