Pentagon to host industry day for commercial cloud acquisition
The industry day will hopefully solidify how DOD plans to buy commercial cloud services across its enterprise.
GSA merges shared services team and management councils into new office
The new entity will serve as the integrator for the administration’s broader acquisition and performance management goals.
GSA awards $15B Alliant 2 contract to 81 small businesses
GSA officials tapped 81 small businesses to fulfill its 10-year, $15-billion IT services contract.
White House budget calls for $210M for IT modernization fund
As expected, President Donald Trump's fiscal 2019 budget proposes increased spending for IT at federal agencies, including for a central modernization fund.
Finding and fixing talent gaps will require new tech tools, OPM says
The first edition of OPM's quadrennial federal workforce review calls for the agency to adopt new technology tools to keep track of the public sector's talent gap.
Open source standard bill advances in House, but doesn’t ditch the DUNS
The House Oversight Committee voted to advance a bill for open source-tracking of grant data, but not without a tit-for-tat about its lasting impacts.
FedRAMP’s ‘year of refinement’ emphasizes improvements to continuous monitoring
In 2018, the office is looking to fine-tune the guidance it’s using to connect cloud service providers with federal agencies.
Reduced request for airport scanners earns a broadside from Rep. McCaul
The top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee took some shots at the Office of Management and Budget over the White House's funding proposal for airport screening technology.
SBA innovation program hobbled by database errors, GAO says
The report found that the databases for two R&D programs frequently have inaccurate and inconsistent data on whether projects are meeting their goals.
Evolving identity management crucial for federal cybersecurity, but budget woes slow adoption
According to a new survey, identity management tech is evolving, and to no one's surprise, budgets are making it difficult for agencies to update their systems.
After failure of EHR program, Coast Guard needs to find new solution ASAP, watchdog says
The agency spent nearly $60 million on an EHR rollout that ultimately came to nothing after five years of work.
DARPA taps software company for terrorist threat modeling
An Arlington, Virginia, software company has been tasked with helping DARPA build data models to help predict future terrorist attacks.
Serious about growing your contracting business? A new incubator is here to help
GovCon Incubator will provide training and guidance to those "committed to building an exceptional company," CEO Olessia Smotrova said.
USSM wants to engage industry for financial management solutions
The shared services office will launch a series of market research days to on new financial services software and solutions.
AT&T lands NSA contract worth billions to outsource IT
The tech giant won the contract back in Oct. 2017 but DXC Technology — who was one of the bidders — protested it, halting progress. Last week, the Government Accountability Office denied the protest.
ICE to begin tracking vehicle license plates
After years of debate, the agency has finalized a contract for access to a commercial license plate reader database.
Government could shift to security-as-a-service, DHS’s West says
With cybersecurity talent in high demand, Barry West said the government may soon to head to the private sector for help.
Pentagon enlists contractor to lead new commercial cloud acquisition
A Northern Virginia contractor will lead the acquisition of a commercial cloud platform across the Pentagon with DOD's Cloud Executive Steering Group.
CSRA automation helps FAA register a million drone users
The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced that it had registered more than a million drone owners with the help of its automated online portal.
February budget clashes could complicate IT modernization, trade group says
Congress still faces a pileup of budget questions converging on the calendar, including the anticipated unveiling of the fiscal 2019 budget, federal agency reorganization plans and ongoing fiscal 2018 budget negotiations.
HHS awards $207M next gen IT contract
HHS awarded the BPA to at least five contractors: CSRA, NuAxis Innovations, Leidos, ActionNet and SAIC
Shared services director says agencies should leave innovation to industry
Beth Angerman is looking to streamline federal tech adoption, starting with standardization and leaving innovation to industry.
VA CIO: Expect another 10 years of VistA in facilities during new EHR rollout
Scott Blackburn wants to temper the excitement and expectations about the VA's move to acquire a modern, commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record system.
Lack of interagency agreements could stall EIS, report says
The GSA's $50 billion telecommunications contract could be stalled by its use of contractor support without terms and conditions, a new report said.
Changes coming to GSA’s contractor cybersecurity requirements
The changes follow in the footsteps of the Pentagon's move last year to update its acquisition regulations.
Increased demand pushes milCloud 2.0 to a February rollout
Officials said they plan to launch milCloud 2.0 three months ahead of schedule.
Are contract terms and marijuana cookies compliance hurdles for GSA’s e-commerce portal?
GSA officials sought the input of industry stakeholders on how to let agencies buy from e-commerce retailers in a public meeting on Jan. 9.
Pentagon cloud steering group gets new leadership ahead of landmark acquisition
The DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group will be chaired by Deputy Chief Management Officer Jay Gibson going forward.
Meet the startup building PTSD-fighting software for veterans
Potentia Labs initially began working with the VA after a Center for Innovation industry competition in 2014.
GSA taps new senior executive to head northwest region
The General Services Administration tapped a tech executive with a background in blockchain and cloud computing to serve as a new regional chief.
Zielinski eyes the evolution of IT modernization in 2018
In this FedScoop Q&A, Bill Zielinski talks about what's next for federal IT modernization following the passage of the MGT Act.
GSA looking for vendor support to launch White House’s IT modernization centers of excellence
The agency issued a solicitation in search of "professional services to assist GSA in developing and launching the CoE service delivery model to agencies."
Login.gov seeks help verifying its users’ identities
GSA has posted a blanket purchase agreement for solutions "the government can work with to have the highest proofing rate for an agency population."
CBP biometric, face-recognition tech draws scrutiny
For airline passengers entering the U.S. this holiday season, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using some new tools to streamline immigration security.
VA struggling to manage $543M contract for medical equipment tracking system
The report substantiates the depiction of the project in reports earlier this year, which revealed fear of a "catastrophic failure of the program as a whole."
White House: Top-level commitment led to USDA choice for modernization center of excellence
A senior adviser said the decision to tap the USDA for the first center of excellence came down to the across-the-board support from agency leadership.
GSA move to e-commerce marketplaces could open doors for acquisition reform
The so-called “Amazon for government” plan included calls for a system to allow federal agencies to purchase directly from e-commerce retailers.
Why the MGT Act won’t mean instant change in federal IT
There's a new mechanism for investment in IT. But it's already apparent to many that the government must lay more groundwork to incorporate new tools like AI and blockchain.
White House releases final draft of IT modernization report
The final IT Modernization Report incorporates more than 100 comments from industry on how to upgrade the federal government's aging technology.
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.
Trump signs Modernizing Government Technology Act into law
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
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
VA paid more than two-thirds of it — $741 million — to just 15 contractors.
GSA list names 80 companies leading Alliant 2 SB consideration
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
AWS's Secret Region can handle federal workloads up to the secret level of security.
GSA awards $50B Alliant 2 to 61 contractors
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
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
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
The IT modernization bill will likely become law soon, following its passage in the Senate as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.