Another week in DoD contracting reveals the reason for all the red tape and structure in the system. Recently, a former DoD official in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for accepting bribes and defrauding the government. Matthew LumHo had a job in the DoD OIG’s Information Services Directorate, and in that position, he oversaw and administered a prime federal contract for routine telecommunications services and equipment from one of two national telecommunications companies. However, LumHo used his position to solicit and accept bribes from one co-conspirator, William S. Wilson, in exchange for steering what nominally was intended to be telecommunications or information technology services through the prime government contract, through an intermediary telecommunications company, to Wilson’s company. Each conspirator will see their day in court. However, when an employee is able to set up false payroll payments, accounts, and steer service orders for years on a contract, it drives up the cost to the government. It all elevates the importance of proper oversight, and it highlights the importance of security programs like continuous vetting that can help identify mysterious bumps in bank accounts.

Contract Opportunities to Watch

Peraton Peraton will deliver background investigation services in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The single award task order, valued at $81 million, represents new work for the company and will continue into 2026 if all option periods are exercised.

The agreement calls for Peraton to perform background investigations on federal applicants, employees, and other individuals involved in federal programs. Peraton’s team of investigators gather and consolidate information into a report of investigation to enable the customer agency to make adjudicative decisions on an individual’s employment and/or security clearance eligibility. This approach successfully supports 11 other federal programs, three of which are under the DHS umbrella.

“Our nation’s security is underpinned by the thousands of individuals who support critical government programs and access classified information,” said Jeff Bohling, president, Defense Solutions sector, Peraton. “Peraton’s continued partnership with DHS ensures that USCIS, in executing its mission to manage the government’s immigration system, will hire and continuously screen employees and contractors who meet all requirements for stability, trustworthiness, reliability, and judgment.”

Peraton’s background investigation services are the gateway for the federal and contracted workforce of USCIS to receive a suitability determination, which is necessary for employees who must review immigrants’ backgrounds and process their applications. The company also will perform automated checks of security-relevant information of employees as part of the Trusted Workforce 2.0 framework.

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Cleared Opportunities

If you’re looking to avoid the cold weather and find other opportunities in warmer climates, DCS Corporation has been awarded a 5-year, $77M contract to support the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center Fighter Test Services (AFOTEC FTS) program. DCS will provide Advisory and Assistance Services with additional support and advocacy for the Fighter Operational Test and Evaluation services.

Under AFOTEC FTS, DCS will assist with operational test capabilities necessary to accomplish test planning. The work will include drafting and modifying test plans, data management, and analysis plans. Full contract performance is expected to begin this month at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB)Nevada, Edwards AFB, California, and Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Arizona.

“DCS is excited for the opportunity to provide support to the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center,” Executive Vice President Larry Egbert stated. “We are thrilled to deliver our support to a new customer and assist in Operational Test and Evaluation as it is crucial part of staying at the cutting edge of technology and maintaining air, space and cyberspace superiority.”

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.