Shifts continue as Brigati named GSA’s acting deputy administrator

The move comes a day after the agency said that it was moving Technology Transformation Service Director Rob Cook and his assistant, Crystal Philcox, and the same day GSA Administrator Emily Murphy was sworn in.

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Trump signs Modernizing Government Technology Act into law

by Carten Cordell • 23 hours ago

The move fulfills a more than a year-long effort to allow federal agencies to reprogram unused budget allocation to fund future IT modernization projects.

Rob Cook, Crystal Philcox removed from TTS leadership roles in GSA shakeup

by Billy Mitchell • 2 days ago

Little more than a year since he was brought on to lead TTS, Cook has been replaced.

How VA spent $1.1B in 6 years on EHRs it’s now trying to replace

by Billy Mitchell • 2 days ago

VA paid more than two-thirds of it — $741 million — to just 15 contractors.

GSA list names 80 companies leading Alliant 2 SB consideration

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

The agency issued a list of 80 small business contractors that are considered to be frontrunners for the $15 billion Alliant 2 SB contract.

Acquisition lead looks to save Pentagon tech from the ‘valley of death’

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

Ellen Lord's focus is set on bridging the gap between engineers in labs and warfighters on the battlefield as Pentagon's acquisition office splits in two.

FedRAMP focuses on continuous monitoring redesign

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

If 2017 was the year FedRAMP streamlined its authorization process, then 2018 will see it change the way it approaches its continuous monitoring.

CDW-G, AT&T resolve protest, will share $238M Census mobile device contract

by Carten Cordell • 7 days ago

The resolved protest clears the way for the bureau to test and deploy mobility technology to census enumerators in 2019.

NOAA scouting small businesses for help securing data from satellites

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

NOAA is looking for small businesses that might be able to help with the IT security of its ground-based data centers and systems, and the data flow of everything between them and its satellites.

NOAA looking for partners in mega-contract for IT services

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Officials offered new details on NOAA's anticipated IT services contract, stressing the need for industry partners as a key component.

Air Force needs help bringing broadband to every U.S. base

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Air Force's lack of broadband on some installations isn't uncommon among the military services. It's a Defense Department-wide issue.

With MGT on the path to becoming law, Hurd looks to the future

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Will Hurd is on the verge of seeing his Modernizing Government Technology Act become law. Now, he just has to work on an encore.

OMB and GAO tangle over high-priority IT program reporting

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The congressional watchdog's report centers on how OMB’s Office of E-Government and Information Technology assesses the top 10 high priority IT programs across the federal government for quarterly reports to Congress.

GSA plans for success, hopes for few protests with feedback-friendly Alliant 2

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Following the awarding of the $50 billion contract, officials addressed what they hope will be the premier vehicle for information technology acquisition.

Amazon Web Services launches ‘secret’ cloud for government

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

AWS's Secret Region can handle federal workloads up to the secret level of security.

GSA awards $50B Alliant 2 to 61 contractors

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The awards come after a bumpy road for the contract, which saw protests from several IT companies late last year.

Agencies to get hyperconverged savings from new GSA deal

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

GSA negotiated a deal with Nutanix and Carahsoft to offer a suite of 10 hyperconverged cloud infrastructure solutions on the agency's governmentwide IT Schedule 70 contract.

NDAA’s new protest pilot could send ripples through IT contracting

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The pilot could have significant impacts on IT procurement beyond the defense sector as federal agencies seek to curb the number of protest awards.

Senate passes conferenced NDAA, pushing MGT Act to its final hurdle

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The IT modernization bill will likely become law soon, following its passage in the Senate as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

OPEN Government Data Act gets a second path to enactment

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

Waiting to see if, when and how the OPEN, Government Data Act might weave its way through Congress has been something akin to betting on horse racing.

VA official guarantees ‘100 percent’ medical record interoperability with DOD

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

“I expect it to be 100 percent, and I’m a veteran, so I’m banking on it," he said.

Defense bill, including MGT Act, clears final House hurdle

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act — which includes the information technology modernization bill — will now head to the Senate.

DevOpsSec…procurement? DHS’s Soraya Correa says acquisition should be baked into agile development

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

DHS's Soraya Correa said she thinks acquisition officials should be cut in on the agile discussion.

DOD wants to improve multi-factor authentication around the world — not just at the Pentagon

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

DOD wants to the rest of the world to benefit from its advances in digital identity assurance.

FedRAMP wants agencies to speak industry’s language

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

GSA wants to create contract language guidance for agencies to use in their cloud acquisitions.

VA moves to digitize health records with $158M contract

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The agency tapped CSRA to help its ongoing efforts to digitize veteran health records ahead of the development of its new electronic health system.

For agencies making data center migrations, hybrid cloud is the only cloud

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

"You go rob banks because that’s where the money is. I’d rather have a dollar in 100 banks than $100 in one bank, from a security perspective.”

Agency IT architects seeking API ‘developer nirvana’

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

USCIS is is tapping a mix of standardization and customization within its agency's walls to drive new API solutions.

A ‘blueprint’ for government IT reform

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The Partnership for Public Service has a blueprint for how federal agencies can smooth the path to IT modernization.

MGT Act moves to NDAA floor vote, but sequester challenge remains

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The House and Senate may have agreed on a defense resolution that includes on the MGT Act, but sequester caps add another level of intrigue.

Lawmakers blast Trump’s proposed cuts to DHS tech directorate

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The administration’s proposed cuts to the Science and Technology Directorate have the potential to hamstring innovation, stakeholders say.

State Department’s IRM looking for small biz IT data center operations

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The request calls for industry input on how to provide a suite of IT services for the Bureau of Information Resource Management's data centers.

Government may want emerging tech, but don’t expect it soon, executives say

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

While the desire to explore new solutions like blockchain and artificial intelligence is there, the instruments for agencies to properly do so haven’t been delivered yet.

CSRA team nabs $163M endpoint security contract from DISA

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

CSRA will be in charge of leading the Defense Department's detection, deterrence, protection and reporting on cyberthreats across its networks.

PSC forecast: IT advancements are coming in 2018, but leadership uncertainty remains

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The CR, efficiency and workforce play major parts.

GSA, Energy want smart building solutions in new request

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The agencies are looking for new emerging technology to help improve energy efficiencies in federal buildings.

World Wide Technology wins $35M DIUx cyber endpoint management contract

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The $35 million order is just part of a larger contract with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental.

What to watch in the future of cloud adoption

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The government’s road to cloud computing has never been easy, but as more agencies seek to make the shift, new challenges and opportunities are following.

The challenge of cybersecurity draws the public and private sectors closer, U.S. CISO says

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Cybersecurity is a two-headed problem of finding the right people and the right tools. The public and the private sectors are trying to tackle it together.

GSA unveils ‘atlas’ guide of emerging tech

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The General Services Administration debuted a new web repository chronicling the ongoing emerging technology projects of federal, state and local governments.

GSA opens the door for new classification system with RFI

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

GSA is looking for a new way to classify the contractors and grant and loan recipients it does business with.

3 key deliverables in OMB’s new vision for the future of mobility

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

ATARC and members of the OMB category team gathered Tuesday to shine a spotlight on efforts laid out in their new report.

GSA launching office to house White House innovation office’s centers of excellence

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The White House office is looking to launch centers focused on identity and authentication, cloud computing, consolidated contact centers, and data access.

Raytheon’s $1B DHS EINSTEIN contract confirmed 2 years after first award

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The $1.15 billion cyber support contract was unsuccessfully protested several times, halting the award to this point.

GAO upholds protest on Census mobility contract

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The oversight agency put the brakes on a $238 million contract for the Census Bureau’s 2020 mobility operations, sustaining a bid protest filed by AT&T.

Tony Scott calls IT workforce drain a ‘creeping’ crisis bigger than Y2K

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Scott said that the White House will have to address how the government designs its new IT ecosystem and finds the talent to run it.

DHS piloting agile cyber acquisition, CDM for cloud, CISO says

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

CISO Jeffery Eisensmith said the agency was developing a new acquisition management directive tailored around agile development, as well as cloud CDM.

Graves says final IT modernization report will debut soon

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The acting federal chief information officer also said the White House is preparing to implement the MGT Act as soon as it becomes law.

ONC wants help exploring FHIR-based servers and their vulnerabilities

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

ONC officials have launched a challenge to industry stakeholders to build FHIR-based servers and then see if they can be hacked.

GAO dismisses Equifax protest for controversial IRS contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The IRS is clear to begin working with Experian under the $795,000 contract for a year of taxpayer identification and verification services.

IRS suspends Equifax contract following malware page

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The agency suspended a $7.25 million contract with Equifax following news that one of its webpages exposed users to potential malware attacks.

Will the ‘Mad Max’ age of AI give agencies hope for taming their data?

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The federal government is awash in more data than it can process, and while AI could be the answer, when it will be adopted is the question.

Report: Kay Kapoor leaving AT&T Global Public Sector

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Kapoor has been at AT&T since 2013, earning the telecommunications company several government contracts, including EIS.

Army picks AT&T for $37M communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The services will "make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally," an AT&T release says.

Trump nominates new Army secretary for technology and logistics

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The new nominee to oversee the Army’s technology procurement operations help set up a rapid acquisition program.

CMS signs on to OASIS

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed a memorandum of understanding this week to utilize one of the General Services Administration’s larger contract vehicles.

Can the federal government’s ‘amazing’ problems make it a leader on blockchain?

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The federal government stands primed to take advantage of blockchain, but can it be a leader in its adoption?

FITARA enhancements, Hack the DHS bill approved in Senate committee

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The committee cleared the way for multiple technology and cyber-based bills to move to the Senate floor.

IRS says it awarded $7M stopgap contract to Equifax after protest limited its options

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Agency officials explained Wednesday that their hand was forced by a procurement protest.

Matt Lira outlines government’s ‘relay race’ to bring modernization, shared services

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Lira said that modernizing the federal government will have to transcend administrations if it is to succeed.

When MGT passes, will there be enough official CIOs to implement it?

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The IT modernization bill is on the cusp of passage, but if it does, will a dearth of agency CIOs hurt its implementation?