CIOs starting to lay tech groundwork as TMF money hits agencies
Leaders update on TMF progress as money starts to hit their agencies.
DISA looks to industry for support on classified mobility program
The agency is proposing a single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to support the Department of Defense Mobility Classified Capability (DMCC) programs for secret and top secret capabilities.
GSA’s Murphy doubles down on reform efficiencies to drive transformation
Emily Murphy’s plan for GSA is simple in its definition: streamlined processes leveraged by technology to uncover new efficiencies and resources.
FBI narrows pool for $5B ITSSS contract recompete
The bureau is nixing its original plan to hold a full and open competition.
‘Don’t bid on JEDI,’ employees tell Microsoft
"Microsoft, don’t bid on JEDI," company employees wrote in a blog post on the site Medium.
HHS acquisition expert to blockchain doubters: ‘You are very close to being irrelevant’
Jose Arrieta minced no words about the ReImagine HHS initiative, saying it is the wave of a not-too-distant future.
Army Futures Command is key to retooling military, Shanahan says
The Pentagon's No. 2 called on the defense community to support the brand-new command as it works to modernize the military's approach to great-power competition.
IBM is protesting the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract, too
The company is the second to file a pre-award protest against the $10 billion contract solicitation.
Weapon systems widely vulnerable to hacking, GAO report says
The report lays the blame on "nascent understanding" of cybersecurity by key officials and says the Pentagon has only recently set its priorities to meet the challenge.
Google drops out of $10B JEDI competition
The tech giant removed itself from competition for the DoD’s hotly contested cloud contract, citing ethical concerns about the use of artificial intelligence.
Microsoft Azure to offer Secret-level enabled cloud services in 2019
Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will expand its government services in early 2019, including providing Secret region capabilities for the DOD.
Cerner taps 24 subcontractors to support $10B Veterans EHR modernization
The team will be built around seven "core team" companies: Leidos, Guidehouse, Accenture, Henry Schein Inc., AbleVets LLC, MicroHealth and ProSource360.
GSA taps two vendors for SBIR Phase III pilot contracts
Agency officials offered details on the $152.2 million in contracts they recently awarded as part of a new research & development pilot program.
DHS overhauls its Science & Technology Directorate
The Department of Homeland Security is redesigning the technology accelerator it uses to fund and help commercialize new solutions.
New GSA contract will offer automation services for contact centers
The new SIN will offer a range of automated and bot-technology solutions through a list of more than 4,400 vendors.
Will the White House’s GEAR Center open doors for new innovators?
White House officials are betting big that the GEAR Center will provide a fresh avenue for small, innovative companies stymied by the acquisition process.
GSA awards $2.5B payroll shared services contract
“Today’s announcement of the NewPay awardees is an important step in our Shared Services journey as part of the President’s Management Agenda,” Federal CIO Suzette Kent said.
CSRA wins potential $95M contract to provide commercial cloud for Navy
CSRA, now a subsidiary of General Dynamics IT, will provide commercial cloud capabilities from multiple services providers, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, to the Navy at Impact Levels 2, 4 and 5.
Air Force awards $121M in Enterprise IT-as-a-Service ‘experiments’
AT&T won the first of the two awards worth $87.4 million through an other transaction agreement (OTA). Microsoft received the second, another OTA worth $34.4 million.
Navy leans on Seattle’s tech community to hack maritime challenges
The service sponsored HACKtheMACHINE this past weekend in Seattle to gather the best and brightest in tech to take a look at some of the Navy's biggest digital challenges.
GSA is updating its Cloud SIN to include professional services
In a proposal released Monday, the agency is planning to update the Special Item Number it uses to sell cloud services to agencies.
Air Force seeks innovative tech to improve pilot training
AFWERX is running a challenge to get ideas that will shape the second iteration of Pilot Training Next, an initiative designed to help the service train new aviators faster but with the same quality.
GSA, Marine Corps form new council to streamline IT modernization
Officials said they created a new council to find new acquisition methods for IT modernization, supply chain operations and cost efficiencies.
Jeff Bezos pushes government to buy commercial for ‘auto-magic’ benefits
When agencies buy commercial capabilities, Bezos said, they "keep improving kind of ‘auto-magically’ without any effort."
Agencies need in-house techies to know how to buy good tech, GAO reiterates
There have been strides in improving federal expertise for tech acquisitions, a new report says, but the workforce still "faces skill gaps."
Navy launches hardware portion of $3.5B NGEN recompete contract
NGEN-R is set to be one of the largest federal IT contracts in 2018.
HHS combines AI, automation, blockchain for acquisition project
HHS hopes to demonstrate how all three together could streamline its buying power by November.
Veterans Affairs to open VistA e-health record maintenance contract this week
The agency plans to begin accepting bids for a five-year contract to manage the IT and data services of its VistA system as early as Friday.
TMF Board focused on new projects while Congress weighs funding
As Congress debates whether to fund the TMF in 2019, its board members are already weighing new IT modernization projects.
Federal cloud spending will hit new highs for 2018, report says
Ongoing efforts at IT modernization are fueling a potential 32 percent surge in federal cloud spending in fiscal 2018, according to Bloomberg Government.
Exclusive: Kelly Olson lays out her priorities as new leader of GSA’s TTS
Empowering leadership, improving cross-team alignment and sharing stories of success are just a few of her early guideposts.
FDA awards $225M IT contract to track drug performance
The agency selected three contractors to help develop an IT system that will analyze the performance of drugs and vaccines on the market.
DOT grateful for extra hands that bug bounty program provided, CIO says
The department recently joined the trend of federal bug bounty programs, which boost cybersecurity resources in ways that traditional methods probably can't.
EIS telecom contract can help DHS modernize IT overall, CIO says
John Zangardi wants to use the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract as a vehicle to help overhaul the agency’s aging IT infrastructure and has established an EIS program office to oversee the transformation.
ManTech secures $668M CDM contract
The Fairfax, Virginia, technology company secured the Group E contract of the CDM DEFEND program, ManTech officials said. Nine federal agencies are involved.
CDM bill passes the House, moves to Senate
The bill seeks to codify the Department of Homeland Security’s signature cybersecurity program and provide new strategy and technology.
DOD extends deadline for JEDI contract proposals to October
The Pentagon has extended the deadline for proposals for its $10 billion JEDI commercial cloud acquisition by about three weeks.
Senators rail against ‘use it or lose it’ spending at end of September
Senators want to ensure that "spending in the last quarter of this fiscal year is not wasteful or abusive."
GSA taking bids for new contractor validation services
The agency wants to acquire new validation services for federal contractors and grantees.
CDM sets its sights on thorny mobile security challenges
Mobile devices are providing some unique challenges for CDM officials, who are building cyberdefenses against a wave of variables.
DOD needs your help migrating agencies to milCloud 2.0
DISA wants a contractor to help it save time and money moving agencies to milCloud2.0.
Can AI help catch criminals where a fingerprint fails?
The FBI is looking for tools to deal with cases where suspected criminals intentionally or unintentionally alter their fingerprints.
How online marketplaces can solve for compliance and transparency issues in government procurement
Op-Ed: Former U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung believes that bringing the simplicity of the consumer online buying experience to government customers will improve transparency and compliance.
Wilkie: VA and DOD ‘will be joined from the hip’ on EHR rollout
The secretary of Veterans Affairs said “from here on out, DOD and VA will be joined from the hip" on EHR implementation.
Citizenship agency wants cloud-based cybersecurity services
USCIS wants a cybersecurity-as-a-service solution to work across its systems and in multiple cloud environments.
NSF proposes $25M in grants to set up quantum foundries
The agency pledged $25 million to help fund foundries that will produce components essential to advancing the development of quantum technology.
FedRAMP’s Goodrich promoted, Ashley Mahan to lead program in his absence
The cloud authorization program shuffled its leadership structure Friday with a spate of internal promotions of longtime executives.
‘Test-and-learn opportunities’ will define GEAR Center, OMB leaders say
OMB knows it’s not easy to bring new ideas to the federal government, so that’s why it wants to set up its new research center outside of it.
Kelly Olson tapped to lead TTS following Collins Smee’s departure
Olson will oversee GSA's technology acquisition arm, including its IT Modernization Centers of Excellence initiative.
Booz Allen Hamilton snags $1B CDM DEFEND task order
Booz Allen Hamilton secured its second CDM contract of the year and the largest federal task order in its history.
The State Department needs your help with real-time global awareness
The agency wants to leverage data to track and understand world events in real time.
WMD defense agency awards $435M IT contract
The Department of Defense’s key agency for combating weapons of mass destruction obtained a series of core IT services in the potential five-year contract.
Bill Zielinski tapped to lead GSA’s IT acquisition branch
Zielinski has seen a quick rise as an IT acquisition leader at GSA.
Could a continuing resolution save the Tech Modernization Fund in 2019?
Continuing resolutions, the weapon of choice for financing the government for the past dozen years, could be a way for the TMF to sidestep appropriators.
HHS seeks an app for better collection of patient-reported health care outcomes
Patient-reported outcomes are "vital" to understanding patient needs, but we still don't have a good way to gather this data.
IT spend on customer relationship management surges in 2018
Investments are undergirded by a surge in IT spending, with 14 percent growth between 2016 and 2017.
USDA wants an intranet employees would ‘look forward to going to’
The agency put out a request for information this week.
Air Force awards Leidos sole-source $63M IT, telecommunications contract
Leidos secured a bridge contract to provide Air Force and DOD installations in the National Capital Region with IT and telecommunications services.
OMB needs new philosophy for ‘Cloud Smart’ strategy
Op-ed: Bob Osborn believes if OMB wants to successfully move agencies to the cloud, a quantum leap in philosophy is needed.
DISA wants to standardize metrics for commercial cloud contracts across government
Working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, DISA issued a request for information asking for industry feedback on the types of metrics federal agencies should include in commercial cloud SLAs.