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Welcome to Carpe Datum’s weekly newsletter, the Federal Data Prospector, the only publication of its kind dedicated exclusively to data and analytics companies that share our passion for serving the public sector. Our featured items begin with the NGA's LUNO B solicitation, which seeks to provide analysts with enhanced context for analytic assessments of worldwide economic, environmental, and geopolitical activity.


  • Department of Defense (DoD), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) — LUNO B - LUNO B will transform NGA’s approach for geospatial information and knowledge, expand access to data and services for the NSG, accelerate Analysis Workflow Modernization objectives and integrate data and services into enterprise capabilities. The objective of this effort is to acquire unclassified commercial GEOINT products, data, and/or services produced from unclassified commercial GEOINT on unclassified networks, not to acquire a technology or capability to install and manage on classified networks. NGA expects industry to leverage unclassified sources and analytical capabilities available in the commercial marketplace to produce these products, data, and/or services.


In other data news, on May 7th, Gadget Insiders published an article entitled U.S. Senators Expose Major Automakers Like Toyota, BMW, Sharing Sensitive Consumer Location Data. In this story, Prashant Chaudhary reveals that major automakers like Toyota, BMW, and others are sharing sensitive consumer location data without legal warrants, raising significant concerns about consumer privacy and ethical responsibilities. Despite assurances from automakers and recent legislative efforts, this finding highlights regulators' contention that stricter regulations are needed to safeguard personal data in the automotive sector.


  • As the debate over privacy standards in automotive technology continues, the industry finds itself at a crossroads. The pressing need for stringent regulations is evident as both technology advances and the potential for misuse expands. The current situation calls for a delicate balance between leveraging technological advancements for safety and convenience while ensuring robust safeguards against privacy violations.”


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RFI: ATF Social Media Network Analytics Platform

Dept. of Justice

The objective of this RFI is to obtain submissions that can provide ATF with state-of-the-art social media network analytics platform that enables continuous data collection, real-time analysis and insight into social network structure and interactions. The platform should provide 24/7 access, a user-friendly web-based interface, advance data visualization capabilities, network analysis, trend analysis tools, and sentiment tracking features to enhance decision-making and engagement strategies.

Web Portal Subscription Services to Semiconductor Supply Chain Database

Dept. of Commerce

CPO requires five (5) licenses to access a web portal that shall provide industry data, expertise, and analysis on a range of semiconductor companies that illuminate areas of risk. The service shall include information on the industry's market participants, key management and personnel, investors, supply chains, business partnerships, and US government contracts.

Request for Information (RFI) for Consideration Data As A Service (DAAS) Solution

Dept. of Defense

This Request for Information (RFI) is to request vendor capabilities and information to inform a potential requirement in the future. Please provide responses on the attachments as requested. The RFI is for considering Data as a Service solutions.

Request for Information on Clean Energy Supply Chain Analysis

Dept. of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) today released a Request for Information (RFI) on clean energy supply chain data and analysis methods. This RFI is an opportunity for industry and other stakeholders to highlight specific supply chain gaps, vulnerabilities, and/or challenges impacting various components of clean energy technologies. MESC will use the responses to create a heatmap to assess investment opportunities across clean energy supply chains, as a follow on to the analysis first released in the 2023 Supply Chain Progress Report.

Enterprise Case Selection/Enterprise Anomaly Detection (ECS/EAD) Services

Dept. of the Treasury

Updated Statement of Work.

Commercial Data Hub Pilot Program

Dept. of Commerce

Response to questions.

Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Automated Analytics for Maritime Law Enforcement & Security (AA MLES)

Dept. of Defense

Response to questions.

NGA - Boosting Innovative GEOINT - Science & Technology Broad Agency Announcement (BIG-ST BAA)

Dept. of Defense

Changes to solicitation.

Intent to Sole Source--LexisNexis

Dept. of Energy

LexisNexis’s Risk Analytics provides comprehensive data analytics services to identify potential conflicts of interest, undisclosed relationships, and procurement fraud risks among DOE employees, contractors, subcontractors, and businesses receiving DOE funds. The services will enable the DOE-OIG to proactively detect and investigate possible fraud, waste, and abuse within DOE programs and operations.

National Drug Data File Renewal

Dept. of Health and Human Services

FDB data include a complete line of drug databases, including clinical decision support, disease suite modules, and stand-alone PC products. These data also include descriptive drug information, drug pricing, and drug identification. CMS uses the FDB files for intramural research and analysis projects related to Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Innovative, Visualization, Exploration and Data Analysis (IVEDA)


NASA/MSFC has a requirement for NASA’s Innovative Visualization, Exploration and Data Analysis (IVEDA) that consists of differentiated competencies including Open Science alignment by adhering to Open Source Science principles; experience developing solutions working with cloud-hosted large-scale (i.e., petabyte or larger) data; and experience developing applications utilizing Earth observation and geospatial data.

Q-TEC Solutions Q-Star annual subscription license renewal

Dept. of Defense

Q-Star will be used for management of obsolescence issues, component availability, identifying recommended replacements for Naval Messaging Project Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) equipment.

National Drug Data File with Monthly Full Replacements Updates

Dept. of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding a contract to First Databank Inc. for a national drug data file with monthly full replacement updates.

Federal Procurement Data Systems – Next Generation (FPDS-NG) Data Validation

Dept. of Health and Human Services

PotomacWave Consulting is the only known source that can provide an exisiting data validation system that does not require access to an agency's contracting writing system. Their system conducts an analysis of the data after it has been submitted to FPDS-NG system and conducts 100 data checks to identify potential errors and discrepancies.

LIFEDATA Survey Subscription w/o WD

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a contract for a LifeData Subscription.

ICF Wins $236M USAID Global Health Contract

U.S. Agency for International Development

ICF has supported the DHS Program since its inception 40 years ago, helping grow it into a reputable source for critical and actionable data for population, health and nutrition programs. Survey data is used by national governments, international organizations, researchers and others to support strategic planning, policymaking, financing, program management and more.

NGA issues solicitation as it moves to better monitor illicit maritime activities in Indo-Pacific

Through the new CSO pilot for capabilities to expand maritime domain awareness, NGA aims to “work more flexibly with industry and to allow them to come in with more creative ideas, where we don’t necessarily have the clearly defined thing that we want them to build and provide for us,” Brande explained.

TSA is looking at using AI to improve security screening processes

In an interview with Nextgov/FCW, TSA’s Chief Technology, Data and AI Officer Matt Gilkeson said the agency “has already got the testing mechanisms in place and the stakeholder integrated project teams in place to be able to sustain and support continued exploration in machine learning and artificial intelligence tools.”

AI will ‘revolutionize’ the way NATO looks at geospatial intelligence, leader says

“Spatial machine learning algorithms and deep learning techniques have become extremely powerful, fueled by unprecedented computing power. Leveraging these technologies on large collections of imagery, or geospatial data, will allow us to greatly improve the intelligence production cycle through applications like automatic change detection, and in areas of interest or socio-economic analysis, maritime safety, analysis of space and cyber events, and many others,” Bray said. 

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency creating space intel hub

“Integration is the right thing to do,” he said in a speech at the GEOINT Conference in Orlando. “The JMMC is going to be the way of the future for us in this regard. It will be critical to unifying DOD, IC and allied GEOINT collection operations that deliver decision advantage at speed and scale during competition, crisis and combat.”

Biden’s executive order to protect Americans’ personal data: A step in the right direction, but other factors must still be addressed

Under the executive order, the Justice Department (DoJ) will issue regulations that prevent Americans’ information, “including genomic data, biometric data, personal health data, geolocation data, financial data and certain kinds of personally identifiable information (PII),” from being sold to adversaries that may use it for nefarious purposes.

Government sets rules for spy agencies buying commercial data on Americans

"We produced this framework in recognition of the fact that a series of developments have made CAI increasingly important to our work, while at the same time raising novel issues related to privacy and civil liberties," DNI said in a statement released with the framework. "Today, not only is an astounding amount of CAI already available to the public, but various actors, including adversaries, also have access to increasingly advanced analytic tools that rely on, among other things, artificial intelligence, to exploit such information in new ways that exacerbate existing threats."

MeriTalk Research: Feds Eye Better Data Infrastructure to Meet Data Deluge

Federal policy imperatives are driving government agencies to better use their data for mission outcomes and citizen service improvements. Still, as the supply of data increases, many agency tech leaders are finding that their current systems aren’t up to the challenge.

US May Deny China, Russia Access to Advanced AI Models

The Commerce Department is considering a new regulatory push to restrict the export of proprietary or closed source AI models, whose software and the data it is trained on are kept under wraps, three people familiar with the matter said. Any action would complement a series of measures put in place over the last two years to block the export of sophisticated AI chips to China in an effort to slow Beijing’s development of the cutting edge technology for military purposes.

AI elections: Voting in the era of deepfakes and disinformation

As political parties vie for the top position, artificial intelligence has also become central to their campaigning mechanism. Political mudslinging is not new to elections, but with AI, it has reached a whole new dimension making it difficult to tell the fake apart from the real.

Supply chain planning as an intelligent data app

The “sixth data platform,” or intelligent data platform, represents a cutting-edge evolution in data management. It aims to support intelligent applications through a sophisticated system that builds on a foundation of a cloud data platform. This foundation makes it possible to integrate data across different architectures and systems in a unified, coherent and governed manner. Harmonized data enables applications to use advanced analytics, including artificial intelligence, to inform and automate decisions.

Stop AI from normalizing plagiarism | Opinion

Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. Generative AI. They’re all buzzwords for the new high-tech time saver that can streamline rote tasks and generate content at the speed of light. But this dynamic content creator is proving to be a crisis in the making. A lawsuit filed on Tuesday in the Southern District of New York on behalf of eight news organizations, including the Sun Sentinel, accuses OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Copilot of insidious corporate thievery. Specifically, the illegal harvesting of millions of copyrighted articles to create their “generative” AI products.

Govini applies AI to solve public sector defense acquisition pain points

As global adversaries constantly seek to outpace each other in technological innovation, the efficiency and effectiveness of defense acquisition processes are paramount. How is artificial intelligence facilitating the seamless execution of this process?

The road to democratized AI with Kwaai

For our 5th episode of the AI Think Tank Podcast, I had the pleasure of joining two key figures in the field of data democratization and its intersection with AI: Reza Rassool, founder of Kwaai, and Cam Geer, Co-Founder and COO of Cryptid Technologies. Throughout our conversation, we discussed Kwaai’s bold efforts to make AI accessible and beneficial for everyone, unpacking the complexities and transformative potential of their initiatives.

NATO Business Opportunity: Publicly Available Information (PAI) Processing Capabilities

The NCI Agency seeks to understand industry capabilities and views and engage early in the Procurement Lifecycle to inform the formulation of upcoming procurements for Publicly Available Information (PAI) processing capabilities in support of multiple communities of interest: Information Environment Assessment (IEA), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and others.

Human Trafficking and Cyber Investigations Conference

Join us for an engaging and informative conference on Human Trafficking and Cyber Investigations! This in-person event brings together experts in the field to share their knowledge and expertise. Learn about the latest trends in combating human trafficking and how technology plays a crucial role in investigations. You'll learn advanced cyber investigation skills, including using OSINT, legal, and closed-source data in any investigation.

Doing More with Less: Sustaining the County Government Workforce with Artificial Intelligence

In this session, attendees will learn how AI and modern technologies are not merely tools for keeping pace with change but are strategic imperatives for sustaining and empowering the county government workforce. By highlighting adoptions of AI, from accelerating document processing to reducing field inspection times, we will show the power of these technologies to enhance productivity and service delivery.

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