DHS Awards $668M CDM Contract to ManTech

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

ManTech officially won a $668 million contract to support the Homeland Security Department’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, the company announced Wednesday.

The award comes after HP Enterprise Services withdrew a bid protest it filed in July with the Government Accountability Office.

Under the deal, which could last for up to six-years, ManTech will provide a suite of cybersecurity services to the Housing and Urban Development and Education departments, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration and five other federal agencies.

DHS is now reawarding all four phases of the program to prime contractors under the General Services Administration’s Alliant contract, a governmentwide contract vehicle that covers a wide range of technology goods and services.

Each prime contractor is responsible for managing cyber services at a handful of agencies for up to six years.

Booz Allen Hamilton took home a contract worth up to $1 billion to support similar services at the General Services Administration, the Health and Human Services Department, NASA, the Social Security Administration, the Treasury Department and the U.S. Postal Service.

CACI International and CGI Federal also won CDM contracts earlier this year.

For more information, contact NextGov.com

IRS W-4 Changes in 2018

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Several changes in the 2019 W-4 will require substantial reprogramming. For example, the 2019 Form W-4 asks the employee to enter several annual estimates of additions to and deductions from pay that might affect the amount of FIT the employee should have withheld. The changes in the 2019 form could spark changes in state and local employment taxes that will require still more reprogramming.

These highlights will give you a head start:

  • Number of allowances is eliminated. Line 5, “Total number of allowances you’re claiming,” is gone. Employees will be “strongly encouraged” but not required to complete a new W-4 for 2019. Thus, you can continue to use their 2018 and earlier W-4 data. So, make sure your payroll system can handle both 2019 and earlier withholding data and calculations.
  • New marital status box: Head of Household. This third IRS withholding calculation and table correspond to this new status that was added to Single and Married Filing Jointly.
  • New Line 5: Additions to Income. Employees are asked to enter an estimate of annual nonwage income not subject to withholding, such as interest and dividends. Probably requires reprogramming.
  • New Line 6: Itemized and Other Deductions. Employees are asked to enter an estimate of annual deductions from income, such as state and local taxes, mortgage interest, and charitable contributions. Probably requires reprogramming.
  • New Line 7: Tax Credits. Asks employees to enter any anticipated tax credits for the year, such as the child tax credit. Probably requires reprogramming.
  • New Line 8: Additional Household Income Due to Multiple Jobs. If applicable, employees are asked to enter annual income from other jobs, such as a second job, or the annual wages of a spouse. There are special instructions for households with more than two incomes. Probably requires reprogramming.

Line 9, for additional amounts the employee may want withheld, is unchanged.

Courtesy of the AIPB.

Kaspersky software – Government Contractors

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

The Homeland Security Department, which is the lead federal cybersecurity agency, first announced nearly a year ago that it would require civilian agencies to scrub Kaspersky from all their networks.

Department officials cited concerns the Russian anti-virus could be used as a Kremlin spying tool or that Kaspersky could be required to turn over customer information to Kremlin officials.

Congress followed up in December 2017 by banning Kaspersky software from all government networks, both military and civilian, in the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual defense policy bill.

The NDAA also banned Kaspersky from contractor networks and set the Oct. 1 compliance deadline.

Because the contractor ban comes from Congress rather than the Homeland Security Department, each agency is officially responsible for ensuring its contractors are complying with the order.