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What’s New: The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS has developed and issued guidance about how to procure resilient PNT services.

Why It’s Important: While it doesn’t tell users what systems to get or what to do, it does provide a framework for systematically thinking about the issue.

What Else to Know: 

  • This guidance was required by Executive Order 13905 of 12 Feb 2020.
  • Users often underestimate their need for resilience. Lack of imagination about adverse consequences and concerns about cost often contribute to that.
  • The guidance is intended to be useful for anyone considering acquiring PNT services. Training resources will be made available.
  • Many companies providing PNT services are struggling to find customers.



The Federal Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services Acquisitions Guidance

This guidance offers an overarching view of the model PNT contractual language construction process, key tenets of PNT resiliency and an associated workflow for the requisite drafting steps. The intended audience includes federal departments and agencies, along with state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) organizations, PNT program managers, acquisition professionals, and contract bidders. The primary aim is to guide users in assessing their PNT dependencies and establishing requirements for appropriate levels of resiliency based upon the operational needs of the proposed product, system, or service. This guidance is voluntary and does not: constitute regulations, define mandatory practices, provide a checklist for compliance or carry statutory authority. It is intended to be a set of guidelines.