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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 Army's Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from industry and academia to enhance its data-centric command and control (C2) systems. This initiative aims to gather insights on data sources and decision-making capabilities from a broad array of organizations to support military capabilities and battlefield operatons.


  • Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Army, Army Science Board (ASB) — Army Science Board Request for Information: “Data-Centric Command and Control (C2)” - The Army is dedicated to advancing and incorporating cutting-edge technology to enhance military capabilities and to streamline operations in battlefield applications. In support of that effort, the Army Science Board is conducting a study titled, “Data-Centric Command and Control (C2).” To complete its analyses and explore as many viable sources of data as possible, the ASB is soliciting information from organizations external to the Army which includes industry (traditional defense contractors as well as and non-traditional, commercial based and/or small businesses). Based on information submitted in response to this request, the Board may conduct additional market research.


In other data news, on May 13th , BreakingDefense published an article entitled OSINT overdose: Intelligence agencies seek new ways to manage surge of open-source intel. In this story, Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr. discusses the dramatic expansion of open-source data flooding intelligence agencies due to advancements in AI. To handle this influx, officials are calling for streamlined acquisition processes and improved contracting methods to leverage commercial capabilities and enhance data sharing across the Intelligence Community.


  • AI-powered machine translation, big data analytics, and now large language models are sucking up data from social media, smartphones and other 'open source' to generate unprecedented amounts of open-source intelligence. That means the 18 agencies of the Intelligence Community need new contracting and technical approaches to tap the rising power of OSINT without being overwhelmed by it, IC officials said last week.”


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NCSER Crowdsourcing Campaign Support

Dept. of Education

This Contract supports NCSER’s efforts to conduct a crowdsourcing campaign to obtain information from a variety of stakeholders to increase our impact. We seek to more fully understand how individuals with disabilities and their families have experienced special education, and their perspective on the pressing problems facing special education today. We seek Contractor support to design and implement a challenge through for the analysis of the information received through the crowdsourcing campaign using traditional qualitative methods or using more recent advances in machine learning such as natural language processing.

Artificial Intelligence Pilot Teams (VA-24-00064764)

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

VA requires contractor support with prioritizing, designing, and executing AI-enabled pilot projects raised by stakeholders across VA.

BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT: A Study to Determine Natural Language Processing (NLP) Capabilities with the NCCF Open Knowledge Mesh (KM)

Dept. of Commerce

Through this call, NOAA is seeking to fund joint partnerships with other U.S Government agencies, academia, and/or private industry, versed or interested in applying semantic knowledge graph, natural language processing, graph neural network, and foundation model capabilities and techniques to explore enhancing the NOAA/NESDIS mission of processing integrated data from ingest to dissemination. The objective of the study will be the generation, assessment, and delivery to NOAA of processes, software, and information models that demonstrate solutions around one or more areas of knowledge mesh construction, grooming, and exploitation.

Cost Book 2025 (Commercial Cost Data Update)

Dept. of Defense

The anticipated scope of work for this effort includes the update of the source data for the government owned Cost Book (cost estimating software). The most recent update was performed this year, 2024.  The USACE Cost Book is derived from a foundation of tasks that include crew, equipment, and material prices for specific construction activities or tasks.  The update of the Cost Book shall include an update to the most current commercially available labor, material and equipment source cost estimating data. 

DLA Emergent IV Research and Development Program

Dept. of Defense

Response to questions.

Data Service Health Insurance Claims

Government Accountability Office

Response to questions. Changes to solicitation.

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

Dept. of Defense

Response to questions. Date offers due extended to May 24, 2024.

DHS/TSA Commercial Solutions Opening Pilot - General Solicitation - Automated Field Data Collection Activities

Dept. of Homeland Security

Changes to solicitation.

Wind Measurement Services in Puerto Rico

Dept. of Commerce

At this time, NIST requires contractor support for continuation of meteorological measurements through July 14, 2025, using the previously installed weather stations, including maintenance of the instrumentation and data acquisition systems.

Notice of Intent to Sole Source - Lightcast

International Trade Commission

This requirement is to acquire a new 4-Year Contract (base plus three option years) for Lightcast Software licenses which will provide a unique software system. That provides information about millions of current and historical job postings across the United States going back to 2010; it combines this information with proprietary worker profiles and publicly available data to create a unique mapping of supply of and demand for workers with certain skills and responsibilities across the United States that would be beneficial to the US Trade Commission users. 


Dept. of Justice

The Penlink Platforms and Services provide the SOD with a Platform as Service via AWS Foreign to provide the foreign counterparts the ability to ingest and analyze IMIE Foreign collection as per the agreement with host country. SOD PLX Software as a Service provides data ingestion and analytical services. MS/Penlink provides DEA with a AI translation service.

SAP - One (1) year Wards Intelligence Subscription

Environmental Protection Agency

The Assessment and Standards Division (ASD) is seeking to purchase an online subscription to the Wards Auto Intelligence data center at the Intelligence Reports Level (includes Outlook quarterly presentations and Intelligence Reports) to create the input files for the OMEGA model. This site provides access to data on vehicle technologies, vehicle models, engine specifications and volumes on specific models purchased. Data obtained from this subscription will be used with data from the EPA’s Verify database to create the input files for the OMEGA model.

Commerce extends commercial data contracts for space tracking system pilot

Dept. of Commerce

The pathfinder project focuses on gathering space situational awareness (SSA) data about objects in low Earth orbit (LEO) and testing how it can be integrated with Commerce’s nascent Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS). It was launched in January, with the contracts being managed via NASA’s Global Data Marketplace. An earlier data-gathering effort back in December 2022 was conducted jointly by OSC and the Pentagon. Announces Five Year, $28 Million Contract with Secretary of the Air Force for Supplier Risk and Intelligence Technology

Dept. of Defense

Craft’s supply chain resilience platform simplifies large-scale due diligence efforts by providing a single platform for evaluating and monitoring suppliers across a wide spectrum of risk domains from foreign influence and cybersecurity vulnerability to financial stability and compliance. The platform is powered by an advanced data fabric with more than 1,300 data streams per supplier, a powerful risk engine enhanced by AI-driven insights, and a collaborative workspace that enables sharing and tracking of information internally and across agencies. 

Infringement Software

Dept. of Defense

The USMC Trademark Licensing Office (TMLO) is actively seeking a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for identifying potential trademark violations related to unauthorized USMC branded merchandise on various online platforms, including all social media avenues, Amazon, eBay, Google, and etc. The system must be capable of automatically generating individual and batch cease-and desist letters to be sent to infringing parties or their third_x0002_party websites.

Hydropower Research Institute (HRI) for hydropower operational data aggregation and access services

Dept. of Defense

The Department of Defense is awarding a contract to the Hydropower Research Institute for an annual government membership for hydropower operational data aggregation and access services.

Here's How the CIA Plans To Use Your Ad Tracking Data

For years, the U.S. government has bought information on private citizens from commercial data brokers. Now, for the first time ever, American spymasters are admitting that this data is sensitive—but they're leaving it up to the spy agencies on how to use it.

How real-time search analytics and AI can help the DOD break down data

Artificial Intelligence (AI), including machine learning (ML), deep learning and Generative AI (Gen AI), offers new ways to discover and curate data. Marrying search with AI unites the best of both technologies to create a simpler way for everyone to access data. As the military services look to share and consume more data to make real-time decisions, service members need confidence in the insights generated from their data and must trust that their proprietary data will remain secure.

NGA, NSIN announce illegal fishing challenge phase one finalists

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Security Innovation Network announced 10 finalists for phase one of the $1 million Global Fishing Forecast Grand Challenge, launched in January. The NGA-NSIN challenge, designed to identify new ways to forecast industrial fishing, will be used to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities. 

AI Poses Threat to Presidential Election Warns FBI, Department of Justice

At a recent meeting of the DOJ’s Election Threats Task Force, officials expressed concerns about AI being used to spread misinformation and hate speech. Attorney General Merrick Garland said election inferences have become more “difficult and dangerous” and the DOJ “recognizes the urgency” of technology impacting the upcoming election, including those originating from overseas actors.

US is finally engaging China in talks about AI safety and risk, set to meet in Geneva

The discussions will primarily centre around AI risk and safety, and will particularly focus on advanced systems. Additionally, representatives from both sides plan to share insights into the domestic efforts undertaken in their respective countries to mitigate AI-related risks.

Two unlikely states are leading the charge on regulating AI

Colorado and Connecticut this year launched the country’s most ambitious plays to become national models for regulating artificial intelligence. The groundbreaking bills took aim at the companies that develop and use AI systems, and would have prohibited them from causing discrimination in crucial services like health care, employment and housing.

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.”

‘Mission Impossible’ masks, bad data and immature tech dog age verification for social media

Yet another state has signed into law restrictions on young people’s use of social media, again relying on platforms to use age verification technology to check users’ ages. But the latest effort comes as concerns about the reliability and safety of identity verification online mount.

Exiger and Kharon Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Innovation at a Critical Moment in Global Supply Chain Risk Management

In a move set to redefine the landscape of global supply chain security, Kharon, a pioneer in advanced risk analytics solutions, and Exiger, the leading supply chain and third-party risk AI company, today announced the official launch of their strategic partnership. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the fight to secure fragile global supply chains, offering businesses and government organizations unparalleled protection through combined expertise in intelligence, technology, and risk identification.

Proof and Socure partner to combat fraud and forgery in the $200 trillion exchanged through contracts, authorizations, and forms

Proof’s Defend leverages more than 100 behavioral and data signals to combat fraud in the execution of its customers’ critical agreements. With the addition of Socure, Proof brings its market leading anti-fraud and identity verification capabilities to the real estate, mortgage, auto, retirement, banking, legal services, and countless other industries.

Strider Announces Update to Flagship Risk Intelligence Solution

Using Strider’s proprietary open-source methodology, Ranger helps corporations, government agencies, and research institutions around the world identify the technology and talent within their organization that are being targeted by state-sponsored actors, and establish a proactive security response.

Equifax Canada Exploring How Payday Loan Data Could Help Drive Financial Inclusion

"We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to build a strong financial future," said Rebecca Oakes, Vice President of Advanced Analytics at Equifax Canada. "By exploring new data sources like payday loans and the possibility of including this data in a consumer’s credit history, it could put the financial mainstream within reach for more Canadians and promote greater financial inclusion."

Converge: Homeland Security Startup Studio '24

The Homeland Security Startup Studio is designed to accelerate and deliver commercial applications of federally funded technologies that meet homeland security needs. This innovative program forms teams of entrepreneurs and pairs them with ground-breaking technologies to assess their commercialization potential. Entrepreneurs work hand-in-hand with lab scientists and inventors and explore forming companies around those technologies to solve the real-world problems of government and commercial customers.

Supply Chain Resilience in the Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense and the defense industrial base encounter unique challenges in addressing and improving supply chain risk management. Compliance with complex legal frameworks, such as Section 889 and Section 1260H, along with addressing issues like adversarial capital; foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI); military end-use; forced labor; and sanctions-related exposure, significantly complicates these efforts. Join us for a detailed session where our expert panelists will explore the intricacies of the defense supply chain and associated legal requirements and share best practices for mitigating risks.

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