Why has the NDAA become the fast lane for essential tech bills?
With a stacked congressional legislative agenda, hopping on the NDAA wagon may be the best way to pass the MGT Act.
Industry prepares for fiscal double-whammy in late September
The Professional Services Council hosted an event to help contractors navigate the possibility of an unprecedented one-party government shutdown. The federal debt ceiling is also getting tight.
NASA taps contractor for $180 million IT contract at Jet Propulsion Lab
The four-year contract went to Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech and includes two possible three-year extensions worth an additional $270 million.
Agencies leaning into shared services for reform plans
With agencies looking fervently for any efficiency they can find in their reform plans, the benefits of shared services have become quite sought after.
What does EIS mean for IT modernization?
The contract’s consolidation of network infrastructure and web services is another piece in the government’s move to update its information technology.
DISA to replace JHITS with Pacific telecom upgrade in 2018
The agency said that it planned to upgrade its telecommunications operations in the Pacific Rim next year with a shift away from legacy systems.
Would a CenturyLink-Level 3 merger affect EIS? GSA to wait and see
Just as GSA starts implementing its new telecommunications contract, there’s a possibility it may have to revisit at least a portion of the deal.
TSA wants your best passenger screening algorithms
TSA is hosting an open competition on Challenge.gov to improve airport screening equipment.
GSA wants to avoid Networx-style delays for EIS transition
GSA officials are keen not to repeat the years-long shift they saw when agencies transitioned to EIS predecessor Networx a decade ago.
DISA issuing classified tablets to senior Pentagon officials
DISA launched a new pilot recently expanding its Department of Defense Mobility Classified Capability-Secret Program to 8-inch tablets.
New bill would heighten security standards for IoT devices sold to government
The “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017,” co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo, mandates that any IoT product sold to the government must be able to receive software patches in case of a discovered vulnerability.
DHS CIO pursuing $250M in cloud-focused ‘technical support services’
DHS issued a sources sought solicitation Aug. 1 for architecture, development and platform technical services, largely anchored around a move to modernized cloud computing capabilities.
GSA awards $50B EIS contract to 10 telecom companies
After almost two years in development, the General Services Administration has awarded its $50 billion telecommunications contract.
18F working to overhaul the ATO process
GSA’s innovation arm, 18F, has its sights set on changing the way the federal government authorizes what software it buys.
New House bill taps Silicon Valley for ‘smart’ border wall
Two days after calling for more technology to support border security, Hurd introduced new legislation to provide just that.
FLASH winners praise DHS despite decision to cancel contract
Executives from eight of the 11 winning firms put their competitive differences aside to pen a letter to DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa.
Navy SEALs ink deal for anti-drone tech through DIUx acquisition
The Navy SEALs will soon have their six covered when it comes to drones.
Rep. Hurd wants a smart border wall, not a dumb one
The Texas congressman said he would like to see an interoperable technology network for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's border security operations.
NASA issues $145M solicitation for headquarters IT and cloud services
NASA is looking for a contractor to provide information technology and cloud computing for its headquarters operations.
3 things to know about GSA’s proposed CDM SIN
GSA officials gave agencies more detail about its highly-anticipated new Special Item Number for the CDM program, set to debut this summer.
NOAA proposes $553M high performance computing contract
The agency reissued its presolicitation for the $553 million contract to service its High Performance Computing program.
CDW-G wins $238M contract for 2020 census mobile testing and field operations
Verizon will serve as the subcontractor to provide wireless service under the contract, FedScoop has learned.
FedRAMP Tailored issues another baseline for public comment
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program released a new baseline for its proposed software-as-a-service cloud solution for a second round of public comment.
The government needs agile contracting officers too, DHS officials say
While agile development is driving innovation in the IT and government services realms, two DHS officials say it should stretch to the contracting office.
Commerce wants to move its cybersecurity to the cloud
The Department of Commerce is reaching out to industry stakeholders to find out how to move its cybersecurity operations to the cloud.
GSA’s telecom contract award ‘weeks’ away, Zielinski says
With the awarding of the GSA’s eagerly anticipated telecommunications contract on the horizon, officials want agencies to start planning for it now.
FITARA extensions added to House’s 2018 NDAA
Three provisions are set to sunset in late 2018 and 2019.
Oversight Democrats like new FAS commissioner, but hate that he’s an appointee
Democrats don't necessarily have a problem with Alan Thomas, the new head of the Federal Acquisition Service. The problem, they say, is the sequence of events that put him in charge.
GSA pulls Kaspersky off approved vendors list
The move will add significant difficulty for federal agencies to buy and use the company’s cybersecurity products.
GSA looks to automate FedRAMP authorizations
FedRAMP is asking industry how to automate its Authority to Operate process to streamline cloud service to federal agencies.
DIUx procuring mobile endpoint security software on behalf of Pentagon
The Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental listed a solicitation for a commercially available solution that can "actively vet applications to standards on DoD mobile devices, limiting downloads of certain applications, and stopping malicious activities."
GSA to make veteran-owned small businesses more accessible on supply schedules
The General Services Administration has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make it easier to for the agencies to find veteran-owned vendors on acquisition supply schedules.
Pentagon falling behind on prototyping, watchdog finds
The Defense Department lacks a comprehensive strategy to maintain prototyping and innovation initiatives, a new GAO report found.
GSA calls for blockchain and machine learning to speed acquisition
The agency seeks proposals from contractors that will improve processing times for the FASt Lane program.
Pentagon will soon hold contractors to elevated cyber standards
An updated regulation requires all vendors who do business with the department to more safely guard "covered defense information" that is transmitted to or stored in their systems or networks for contracted work.
OPM embarks on $9.4M path to modernize benefits systems
OPM is looking for "commercially available alternatives" to its federal retirement Trust Funds accounting system.
Raytheon scores $1B cyber contract with DHS
The contract was first awarded in 2015 but was quickly protested by Northrup Grumman.
CSRA snags potential $498M DOD contract for milCloud 2.0
CSRA will provide transition services as the DOD rolls out the first phase of milCloud 2.0.
Security no longer CIOs’ top concern in the cloud, AWS’s Carlson says
Security in the cloud is still a major concern for federal CIOs, but it's not the leading concern it once was, according to Teresa Carlson.
DHS officials: Failed FLASH procurement a chance to learn from mistakes
"We had an agile process for doing the solicitation and the evaluation, but we fell back to a waterfall documentation process, which caused us some problems," DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa said.
Top GSA acquisition officials resign amid reorganization
Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe and his deputy Kevin Youel-Page issued their resignations, both effective June 24.
State seeks contractor to help modernize consular systems
State will cap the contract at a maximum value of $850 million, according to a request for proposals.
GSA reorganizing tech service as part of Federal Acquisition Service
The General Services Administration will reorganize its Technology Transformation Service after only a year, putting the agile-focused TTS under the more traditional Federal Acquisition Service and appointing a new FAS head, FedScoop has learned.
Think holistically about what digital services teams represent to government, report says
Agencies and policymakers must do more to support digital service teams, a new report from the IBM Center says.
CSRA snags $266 million EPA IT support contract
The tech company will develop and operate next-generation IT support for Environmental Protection Agency research facilities and locations nationwide.
States are sizing up FirstNet alternatives
What began as a federal IT project to support the nation's first responders has devolved into a turf war over who will control the radio waves.
CIO must expand role in Homeland Security’s FITARA implementation, GAO says
The department has made solid progress on implementing FITARA, but the office of the chief information officer could be doing more, a new report says.
7 vendors get FedRAMP thumbs up via Connect program
Seven vendors have received prioritization to work with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, to pursue cloud authorizations as part of its Connect process.
CSRA scores $57M U.S. Courts IT security contract
The Virginia-based company has been awarded a $57 million task order by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts for support of the agency’s IT security office.
FirstNet draft plan coming soon
By June states should have a draft plan for the nation’s first public safety network to decide whether they will opt in or out of the program later this fall.
Top procurement officials bullish Trump will continue innovative acquisition reforms
The Trump administration is poised to continue leaning on the innovative practices introduced under President Barack Obama, particularly as agencies' budgets are set to be cut, leading federal procurement officials said Thursday.
ICYMI: Government has a technology problem
In this contributed commentary, DCode42's Andrew McMahon dives into the looming issues that plague government technology.
CSRA wins $58 million EPA contract
The company will support the agency's high-performance computing systems as well as its scientific visualization hardware and software.
DHS components couldn’t identify all of their non-major acquisitions, audit says
Until recently, the Department of Homeland Security's component agencies weren't giving proper scrutiny to non-major acquisition programs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
Veterans Affairs explores commercial cloud migration for health records — VistA-as-a-Service
The VA proposes migrating its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture, better known as VistA, to a COTS, software-as-a-service platform.
Bureau of Prisons seeks solution for aggregating inmate reintegration-related data
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is looking for information on a commercial-off-the-shelf solution that could help them aggregate and interpret "data relating to inmate reintegration into the community."
CenturyLink wins VoIP contract potentially worth $6 million-plus
The telecom company is set to provide voice-over-internet-protocol service and a hosted contact center to the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service.
Major defense information systems not meeting initial cost, schedule estimates, GAO says
Planned cost and schedule estimates for most of 18 Defense Department major automated information system programs changed from their original baselines, according to a new report.
FirstNet names AT&T as vendor for $46.5 billion public safety network
America's first nationwide interoperable wireless network for public safety finally has a builder.
New White House innovation office to focus on tech, VA and more
The White House Office of American Innovation will initially focus on issues such as federal technology modernization, technology procurement and overhauling systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.