MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community.

Small Businesses Get Homeland Security Grants

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research program awarded $1.3 million to 12 small businesses on June 12. These small businesses will use the awards to develop technology solutions for homeland security issues. The awards are part of the SBIR solicitation from December 2016, which called for devices in five topic areas, including do-not-spoof services and wearable chemical sensor badges.

Energy Department Contracts Lockheed Martin to Improve Efficiency

The Department of Energy awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract to improve energy and water efficiency at Federal facilities. The contract was awarded as part of the agency’s Energy Savings Performance Contracts, which are meant to improve Federal infrastructure and improve energy savings. Lockheed Martin was one of 21 companies selected.

Microsoft Releases Updates to Address Nation-State Activity

Microsoft released updates June 13 for its older platforms to protect against potential nation-state activity. “We have taken action to provide additional critical security updates to address vulnerabilities that are at heightened risk of exploitation due to past nation-state activity and disclosures. Some of the releases today are new, and some are for older platforms under custom support agreements, that we are making publicly available today,” wrote Eric Doerr, general manager of Microsoft’s Security Response Center, in a blog post on the release.

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