DISA network to be 10 times faster with planned upgrade

The agency detailed a plan to update its telecommunications network on Thursday, promising to increase its speed by tenfold with Ethernet capability.

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New Army challenge seeks machine learning algorithms for better radio frequency analysis

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 9 hours ago

Soldiers need better tools for understanding the "vast amount of information" presented on the battlefield, the Army says.

What does automation and AI mean for the future of OPM?

by Carten Cordell • 10 hours ago

The role of OPM in the President's Management Agenda can't be understated — nor can the potential for the agency to transform itself as a result.

Senator wants to allow DHS to ban software from federal IT without notice

by Carten Cordell • 1 day ago

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the bill was meant to curb increasing attempts of cyber-espionage by foreign nations.

SOC-as-a-service? CDM is looking into that

by Carten Cordell • 1 day ago

DHS officials are exploring how they can use CDM's new shared services platform, including possibly offering security operations to cabinet-level agencies.

Departed VA CIO Blackburn says Cerner EHR contract will proceed, despite leadership changes

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

But, he said, that will come with a brief pause to catch new leadership up to speed.

DIUx invests in counter-drone company Dedrone

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 days ago

Defense Innovation Unit Experimental has inked a $400,000 contract with the airspace security company, which provides both hardware and software solutions for finding, tracking, classifying and "neutralizing" malicious drones.

New DIUx program to give acquisition professionals a crash course in rapid procurement

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 days ago

The HACQer program is another opportunity for the group to share its ideas about how to acquire technology in a way that's not traditional of the Pentagon.

Suzette Kent: Board considering 4 agencies for Tech Modernization Fund money

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

Kent wouldn't say who the winners are, however.

OMB, GSA leaders highlight Technology Business Management framework’s early wins

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Leaders say though the implementation of TBM is ongoing, early returns are showing the benefits of using the taxonomy.

Pentagon preps $8 billion cloud contract that’s not JEDI

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The DOD wants to bring its enterprise communication, collaboration and productivity applications into the 21st century with a proposed cloud acquisition worth up to $8 billion.

Mac Thornberry wants to eliminate DISA

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The legislation also calls to limit department senior executive service CIO roles to just five starting in 2021.

What’s impeding the DOD’s push for innovation? Turns out, a lot

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

In a hearing Tuesday, officials pointed to several problems limiting DOD's innovation and possible solutions.

Tech Modernization Fund’s $310M is enough, GSA chief says

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Emily Murphy told House appropriators she thinks it's the right amount as "a proof of concept."

In second draft, DOD stands firmly by single award for JEDI cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

While the contract was amended in some places to reflect the more than 1,000 comments and concerns of interested vendors, the contract's single award acquisition strategy remains.

Defense agency calls for new nuclear detection tech

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The DOD’s key agency for combating weapons of mass destruction is requesting new technology solutions to detect a nuclear attack.

Pentagon hires software acquisition specialist

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Jeff Boleng will be part of the executive leadership team of Ellen Lord, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment

Pentagon launching joint office focused on artificial intelligence

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

DOD Secretary Jim Mattis detailed his aggressive agenda for Pentagon research and engineering.

FBI weighs $5B ‘all-encompassing’ IT contract for Justice Department

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The FBI signaled its interest in pursuing a $5-billion IDIQ contract to provide all IT services across the Department of Justice.

Ex-Pentagon officials have doubts about billion-dollar JEDI cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

By moving to a single cloud architecture, rather than awarding contracts to multiple cloud providers, DOD is limiting its ability to plan for failure and keep its systems a step ahead of adversaries, they said.

Intelligence office needs industry help to attain ‘acquisition agility’

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Industry stakeholders will have a voice in ODNI’s redesign of the intelligence community’s acquisition process, officials said Tuesday.

ODNI to divide CIO, CDO roles on tech and policy

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Agency leaders have decided to split the technology acquisition and policy roles as part of a planned reorganization that will debut in July.

Coast Guard to adopt DoD’s health records system

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Defense Health Agency outlined plans to add the Coast Guard to a contract it struck with Leidos and Cerner.

What’s better than Slack? GSA is seeking options

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

A recently posted request for information seeks details about solutions that are "not limited to the functionality of 'Slack'," in the interest of finding something that "extends its capability."

GSA’s Kay Ely calls current IT modernization push ‘unprecedented’

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Ely said "never in my career have I seen the stars more aligned than they are now.”

Margie Graves points to quarterly goals, new policies as key to IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Deputy U.S. CIO Margie Graves said her team wants to do a better job of holding agencies accountable for meeting goals on a quarterly basis.

A new shared service? Experts push for common federal blockchain use cases

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Tony Scott sees value in agencies applying blockchain technology for common use cases in the government.

Playbook aims to provide agencies a litmus test for blockchain

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

An ACT-IAC working group has penned a new playbook to help agencies determine whether blockchain is right for them and if they are ready to implement it.

General Dynamics completes CSRA acquisition for $9.7 billion

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The deal makes General Dynamics IT the largest provider of technology services to the federal government by a hefty margin.

DOD explores moving non-military financial management system to the cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

DOD wants to move its Defense Agencies Initiative to some sort of cloud environment.

Are microservices the gateway to modernization?

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Officials looking to begin the lift of transforming their infrastructures could start by applying microservices to their underlying systems.

CDM program finalizing shared services platform for smaller agencies

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

DHS's CDM program is close to receiving authorization for a shared services platform to provide cybersecurity support to non-CFO Act agencies.

CACI drops CSRA bid, clearing path for General Dynamics

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

If approved, the CSRA and General Dynamics merger would result in the leading federal IT services provider.

3 ways Emily Murphy’s GSA is looking to innovate acquisition

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

GSA's role in helping to modernize the government's digital infrastructure has presented Emily Murphy with plenty of opportunities to improve how federal agencies buy technology.

NARA looking for ERM solutions based on shared services framework

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The archival agency partnered with the GSA's shared services office to develop policies for new electronic records acquisition vehicles.

Lawmakers want DOD to justify single-award move to commercial cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Congress is asking why there should be a "single award contract rather than creating an infrastructure capable of storing and sharing data across multiple cloud computing service providers concurrently."

GSA IG investigating SAM.gov site fraud

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Someone allegedly redirected federal payments to bank accounts not tied to the appropriate contractors.

FBI sets schedule to re-compete $30B IT contract

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The bureau issued a schedule Wednesday for the re-compete of its $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services contract.

Google gains FedRAMP’s provisional ATO for cloud services

by FedScoop Staff • 1 month ago

Google Cloud could be soon going toe-to-toe Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the competitive federal cloud marketplace.

FedRAMP issues new continuous monitoring guidance and requirements

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

FedRAMP issued new documents detailing the requirements needed for automated scanning.

Trump’s management agenda ties together IT, data and workforce overhaul

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Through a vast transformation of federal operations, the President’s Management Agenda aims to deliver citizen services with private sector efficiency.

Beth Angerman on the new shared services office and tech standards in government

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The executive director of the Unified Shared Services Management office talks about the impact she expects it to have on IT modernization efforts.

GSA officials aim for flexible sweet spot in early e-commerce plan

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

GSA officials detailed prospective legislative changes needed to establish e-commerce portals in a conference call on Friday.

NSF and congressional leaders fret declining R&D budget with China on the rise

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Congressional leaders lamented that while the NSF’s budget remains at 2017 levels, the Chinese are committing more R&D resources to emerging technologies.

Shulkin confident VA will avoid early EHR pitfalls by learning from DOD’s mistakes

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Shulkin said a finalized contract with Cerner could be coming soon, but first the department is addressing interoperability concerns.

GSA awards 5 contracts for USDA’s modernization Centers of Excellence

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The contracts will address initial work on each of the five tentpoles the Trump administration has designated within the USDA.

Want to sell mobile tech to the DHS? Bring your CIO

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

DHS Deputy CIO Steve Rice wants more than new products from government IT contractors.

CSRA gets $139M engineering contract for HHS’s NextGen IT

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Two months after it scored a contract to update HHS's IT operations, CSRA will now provide engineering services to manage its NextGen IT infrastructure.

After protest, TRANSCOM will move classified data to AWS cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The contract stands to serve as a major foot in the door for AWS to prove its ability to host DOD's secret-level systems.

DHS wants enterprisewide financial software solution

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The agency is looking for software that can integrate with existing asset management systems across the department’s 22 component agencies.

Code for America’s Pahlka debunks govtech myths, takes on Oracle at SXSW

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Government “absolutely” will still work with vendors, she said. “They just need a different set of rules."

REAN Cloud claims it got no explanation for DOD cloud contract scaleback

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Needless to say, REAN Cloud LLC isn't very happy.

DOD defends its decision to move to commercial cloud with a single award

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The Pentagon's stance is that multiple awards would make the JEDI project too complex and too risky.

Finally, a look inside DOD’s commercial cloud JEDI contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

At an industry day, Pentagon officials detailed their vision for the JEDI contract. "We want to bring this to the warfighter," one official said.

Pentagon scales back massive cloud contract by more than 90 percent

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The department plans to narrow the scope of the five-year contract, originally worth $950 million, to just $65 million — a drawback of more than 90 percent.

DISA grants milCloud 2.0 provisional authority to host highly sensitive data

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Department of Defense components will now be able to use the agency’s newest cloud computing infrastructure on a provisional basis.

FedRAMP looking at third-party access in upcoming authorization boundary guidance

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

FedRAMP previewed upcoming guidance it will issue on the external services cloud service providers should document for continuous monitoring compliance.

CBP is looking for cloud migration with new RFI

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking details on how to migrate all of its applications to the cloud ahead of a September 2019 deadline.

Cyber Command planning an analytics program called RAINFIRE

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The U.S. Cyber Command is seeking insights on joint analytics support capabilities it’s looking to obtain, including development and optimization.

OIG pans OPM’s most recent IT modernization plan

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The OPM inspector general's new report that the agency’s plan to update its IT infrastructure does not include key budget and security information.

GSA inks governmentwide software deal with ServiceNow, Carahsoft

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The agency's new governmentwide software agreement provides discounted solutions for bulk buying on its IT schedule.