Government Accountability Office Tackles Cybersecurity

From: The National Law Review

Article By Townsend L. Bourne

In two recent decisions, GAO denied protest grounds challenging the ability of contract awardees to satisfy government requirements related to cybersecurity.  This posting analyzes those decisions and their implications for contractors.

Discover Technologies LLC, B-412773 (May 27, 2016)

In Discovery Technologies LLC, GAO denied a protest challenging the awardee’s ability to comply with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (“FISMA”).  The solicitation, issued by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) under FAR Subpart 8.4 for GSA Schedule 70 vendors, stated “[t]he Contractor shall be familiar and comply with applicable federal information technology and information management laws, regulations, policies, and standards.”  It listed FISMA, among other federal information technology regulations and standards, as a law with which the contractor was required to comply.

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