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.

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ICYMI: Government has a technology problem

by Andrew McMahon • 1 week ago

In this contributed commentary, DCode42's Andrew McMahon dives into the looming issues that plague government technology.

CSRA wins $58 million EPA contract

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

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

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

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

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

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

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

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

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

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

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

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

by Colin Wood • 4 weeks ago

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

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

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.

Federal court rules against vendor in FirstNet protest, RFP to move forward

by Colin Wood • 1 month ago

Now officially out of the race, Rivada Mercury will seek the business of the states that opt-out of the federal agency's $6.5 billion nationwide public safety communications network.

DIUx ‘moving faster than we ever expected,’ one of its partners says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental isn't slowing down, despite some reins Congress put on it last year, one of its managing partners said to FedScoop.

NSF pledges $100M for wireless tech hubs

by FedScoop Staff • 2 months ago

The National Science Foundation announced a new program Wednesday to build wireless-technology research hubs across the country, backed by nearly $100 million in pledged funding and resources.

Ex-18F Director Aaron Snow joins an old friend at cBrain

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Aaron Snow has joined cBrain as chief operating officer for North America, the Danish government digitization and automation firm announced Thursday.

That thing called CIBORG, explained by the NGA experts

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The initiative by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is designed to make it easier for government to buy commercial geospatial earth observation data, products and services.

State Department to use agile agreement for new talent-matching application

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The State Department is looking to quickly develop an application that will help it better match Foreign Service employees with work assignments.

An agile financing model: Agile share-in-savings

by Robert Read and Chris Cairns • 2 months ago

Commentary: In this guest contribution, 18F co-founders Chris Cairns and Robert Read talk about financing agile projects in iterative chunks.

DISA wants to take a page out of DIUx’s acquisition playbook

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

One of the Pentagon's main IT purchasers says it wants to copy the practices of a smaller, more nimble military office when it comes to rapidly funding new capabilities from industry.

GSA deal with HPE could save $50 million

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

GSA, on behalf of the federal government, has negotiated a deal for agencies to more easily and efficiently buy Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software's products.

DHS funding new round of IoT cyber startups with $1M award

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

The Department of Homeland Security is dishing out nearly $1 million in competitive awards to five startups developing cybersecurity technologies for the Internet of Things.

FedRAMP drafts ‘Tailored’ approach to authorizing low-risk applications

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) unveiled Thursday the first draft of another tool it will add to its kit — a way to more efficiently authorize low-risk cloud services.

Agile: Think big, start small — now!

by Dan Tangherlini • 2 months ago

SeamlessDocs' Dan Tangherlini explains in this guest commentary how starting small with agile development and iteration can mitigate the risks of IT development.

GSA explores replacement of DUNS number

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The agency issued a request for information last week to gather feedback from vendors and other parties interested in providing governmentwide entity identification and validation services at the expiration of the current contract, held by Dun and Bradstreet.

Trump administration looking to continue IT savings through category management

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Trump's White House is looking at IT risk management beyond the obvious cybersecurity concerns, and category management plays role on the acquisition side of that, says Bill Zielinski.

Big problems with new data system clogged up customs program, report says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

A new portal that was supposed to help staff of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program actually made it harder for them to do their job, a congressional watchdog said in a new report.

HackerOne raises $40 million in Series C round

by Patrick O’Neill • 3 months ago

The bug bounty platform HackerOne announced Wednesday a $40 million Series C financing round led by Dragoneer Investment Group, bringing total investment in the San Francisco-based company to $74 million.

As .gov turns to cloud, agency heads deliberate cyber-defense strategies

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

Agencies across the U.S. government are increasingly looking to migrate their data into the cloud to cut costs, but doing so has also introduced new cybersecurity challenges.

GSA close to launching bug bounty

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

GSA's Technology Transformation Service issued a draft solicitation through an open source GitHub project earlier this year looking for potential experienced vendors to help it establish its own bug bounty program.

Cloud.gov becomes first fully open-source solution authorized by FedRAMP

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

18F's cloud.gov has now been authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, making it the first fully open-sourced solution to complete the process, the General Services Administration said.

Fusion centers, first-responder tech addressed in security bills passed by House

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Bills designed to strengthen regional intelligence hubs called fusion centers, and make it easier for first-responder agencies to pursue new technology were among 17 homeland security measures passed Tuesday by the House.

DHS acquisition management bills set for House passage

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Two bills scheduled for a vote in the House on Tuesday seek to improve the way Department of Homeland Security officials oversee and document certain acquisition programs.

EPA looks for help in agile overhaul

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The agency is launching a request for information from agile software contractors whose help it needs building agile development practices into EPA's enterprisewide acquisition process.

FBI awards Accenture $100M HR modernization contract

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Accenture will begin work before the end of the fiscal year helping the FBI update its HR Source application, which was originally built around Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management system.

‘State of Federal IT’ report offers advice for Trump team

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

If the Donald Trump administration issued a multi-year strategic vision for federal IT, it would help agencies stay focused on the administration’s highest priorities, a new Federal CIO Council report says.

Mobile security solution designated FedRAMP Ready

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Lookout's mobile security solution has achieved a designation indicating it is likely to be authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the company announced Thursday.

Kendall: Stop expecting the Hill to fix acquisition process

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

In trying to reform or regulate acquisition, the Hill normally does more harm than good, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said on Tuesday.

More than $1 trillion possible in federal savings, says report handed to Trump team

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

An organization of IT leaders says the federal government could make changes to save more than $1 trillion during the next decade.

CDM — a pilot for a central IT modernization fund?

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The Department of Homeland Security’s governmentwide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation cybersecurity task orders can serve as pilots to show the effects a centralized IT fund could have on bolstering agencies’ modernization efforts, officials working on the program said.

Pentagon’s IT provider seeks insider threat protection

by Patrick O’Neill • 3 months ago

The Defense Department’s unified IT provider is on the hunt for insider threat protection cybersecurity solutions to answer lawmakers’ fears that the department-wide network consolidation did not do enough to protect against threats from within.

GSA’s $50B Alliant 2 ready to go after protests denied

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Four companies protested the contract for a variety of reasons that the GAO found invalid and denied.

OMB offers Trump a playbook for continued tech progress in exit memo

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

Shaun Donovan lays out the technology initiatives he believes the incoming Trump administration and 115th Congress should focus on.

GSA searching for cloud shared services

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The General Services Administration is looking for contractors with software-as-a-service offerings that could meet agencies' needs for administrative shared services.

Gov Actually Episode 4: OPM’s Beth Cobert and ‘the call’

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert joins Gov Actually to talk about being called upon in 2015 to lead the response to the agency's massive cyber breaches.

FirstNet opens $30M grant for broadband apps and innovations

by Colin Wood • 4 months ago

The federal agency wants to harness ideas from academia, nonprofits and the private sector to enhance communications for first responders.

Art of the innovation challenge: GSA unveils the ultimate design guide

by Jason Shueh • 4 months ago

Challenge.gov is releasing a Challenges and Prizes Toolkit​ that offers federal agencies — and city and state leaders — the ultimate guide for hosting competitions of their own.

Air Force poised to ramp up migration to Office 365, its deputy CIO says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

Integrating security protocols with Microsoft’s platform has been a challenge, Bill Marion tells FedScoop, but the migration is set to pick up speed in January.

GSA eyes new collaboration tools for agencies

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The General Services Administration wants to hear about emerging email and collaboration tools industry is developing, and if there any better ways agencies across government can buy them.

GSA governmentwide Adobe contract could save $350M

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The General Services Administration has inked a governmentwide deal for Adobe's "data-centric" security and electronic signature software.

Mary Davie: EIS transition overrun can’t happen

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

GSA can't go beyond the three-year window it's set to move agencies to the EIS vehicle.

Booz Allen Hamilton buys Acquilent for $250M

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

​Booz Allen will acquire the agile web development firm​ and cloud service provider to boost its digital contracting offerings for federal agencies.

OPM gives retirement, benefits IT modernization another go

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The Office of Personnel Management will take another look at the modernization of its benefits and retirement IT systems — an effort that's been underway without much success for the better part of the past three decades.

Octo Consulting wins agile contract to upgrade FedBizOpps

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The Octo Consulting Group won an $11-million contract to give the federal government's central procurement opportunities portal a facelift.

New mobile acquisition roadmap emphasizes standardization, simplification and savings

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

A governmentwide team of experts published a draft roadmap that sets forth the category management framework for how the federal government will buy mobile devices and services in the near future, with an overarching focus on standardization, simplification and savings.

CIOs push Congress for power to halt cyber-deficient contracts

by Shaun Waterman • 5 months ago

Federal agency CIOs ought to have the authority to stop major IT procurements if they have concerns about cybersecurity, agency executives told lawmakers Wednesday.

Synack and IRS join forces for private bug bounty program

by Shaun Waterman • 5 months ago

The IRS has awarded a $2 million sole-source contract to a crowdsourced security company to penetration test its computer networks using a global network of vetted white-hat hackers.

GSA building cloud-based contract-writing service

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The General Services Administration is building a cloud-based shared service to help federal agencies write contracts, the agency announced Tuesday.

Education Department launches virtual reality challenge

by Corinne Lestch • 6 months ago

The Department of Education is looking at new ways to deliver educational content to students to prepare them for 21st century skills and careers.

Army names new head for PEO EIS

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

​Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden has been promoted to head the Army's Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Solutions.

GSA won’t award remaining agile BPA pools

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

​The General Services Administration and its 18F digital services team won't award contracts under the two remaining pools of its agile delivery services blanket purchase agreement.

Tony Scott welcomes unsolicited IT proposals from industry

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

If you think about the journey to the cloud and what that's going to look like over time, you're going to see more and more large-scale services being leveraged, and I don't see the government building most of those large-sacle services that are going to be leveraged. I think you're seeing more and more and more of that private sector, with the right security and everything else, being leveraged by the public sector. I think it's going to be an inevitable march toward more private sector engagement."

Warner: Procurement and personnel key for cyber

by Shaun Waterman • 6 months ago

Fixing the way the U.S. government buys technology, and hires and deploys its workforce are key to improving the nation’s cybersecurity defenses, not changing the way authorities and responsibilities are divided up between federal agencies, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said Friday.

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