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With a new CIO in tow, DOD aims to make good on FITARA

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

DOD officials are making amends for past FITARA scorecard performances, offering better transparency and better implementation of the IT acquisition law.

These 3 categories tanked agencies on the latest FITARA scorecard

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

The combination of the three categories took agencies from a potential spread of five As, 14 Bs and 5 Cs to only three Bs, 12 Cs, eight Ds and an F.

USDS debuts new acquisition training program for digital specialists

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

The U.S. Digital Service's new certification track is designed to exclusively train digital acquisition specialists in technology procurement methods.

VA leveraging cyber innovation on multiple fronts, CISO says

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

VA CISO Dominic Cussatt said the agency is looking to tackle a range of new technology projects to continue to strengthen its cyber posture.

Agencies slide in new FITARA scorecard

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The new FITARA scorecard shows that most federal agencies backslid in their implementation of the IT acquisition law, even ones that shined previously.

GSA plots course for $2.5B modernized federal payroll system

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The agency is soliciting information for commercial SaaS payroll solutions to use in its potential $2.5 billion initiative called NewPay.

Pentagon considers continuous bug bounties that could test sensitive, private systems

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

"Assets could include closed networks, software-embedded devices, proprietary source code, or other private or internal systems not generally accessible via the public Internet," a new RFI says.

VA officially signs contract for new electronic health record system

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The deal with Cerner is worth up to $10 billion over 10 years. The goal is "to do right by both Veterans and taxpayers," acting Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

PMA’s plans to modernize IT, workforce rebuffed by House Democrats

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The White House’s plan to transform the government’s IT infrastructure, workforce and data management is facing a familiar foe: entrenched partisanship.

Microsoft nabs part of the intelligence community cloud market in new deal

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The deal is a big win for Microsoft as it gives it a chance to compete in the intelligence community cloud market.

Murphy plans to reconstruct GSA schedules as part of governmentwide reform

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

To facilitate her agency's role in shared services, the GSA administrator is looking to reshape the procurement schedules that agencies will buy from.

What will the CIO executive order do that FITARA hasn’t?

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The White House hopes its newest executive order can get CIOs a bigger seat in agency leadership by giving them backing from the president.

DISA is all about agility, director Norton says

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Defense Information Systems Agency is focused on delivering innovative technology to the warfighter as quickly as possible, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton said.

Air Force looks to rapidly develop software with Project Kessel Run

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

For the new team within the Air Force, launching a new software product takes just a handful of months, not years.

Pentagon to Congress: Multiple awards for JEDI cloud would be too slow, costly

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

A multiple award contract, the department believes, “could prevent DoD from rapidly delivering new capabilities and improved effectiveness to the warfighter that enterprise-level cloud computing can enable.”

Census Bureau, contractor race to update identity management system for 2020

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

With 2020 census deadlines looming, the Census Bureau will continue work with a single contractor to implement $9.5 million in upgrades to secure taxpayer information.

GSA weighing ‘multiple initiatives’ for next CoE projects in 2019

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Agency officials are already looking toward for next Centers of Excellence projects, TTS acting director Joanne Collins-Smee said Friday.

Requirement for IT supply chain risk assessments is included in bill for Commerce, Justice

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 2 weeks ago

The agencies would have to review the supply chain risk for new “high-impact or moderate-impact” IT systems, using criteria from the FBI and NIST.

SOC-as-a-Service may be the first of multiple CDM shared services

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

CDM officials are looking at other possible cybersecurity offerings the program could develop as a shared service provider.

OMB wants to support ‘first movers’ to emerging technologies

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

OMB is working with FEMA as one of those first movers to improve its ability to crowdsource real-time information during emergencies.

DHS piloting blockchain standards for supply chain security

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Officials said blockchain holds promise for supply chain security, but needs interoperability standards to be effectively utilized.

House threatens DOD funding for JEDI commercial cloud in 2019 NDAA draft

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

If the Pentagon wants to fund its $10 billion commercial cloud acquisition, it has some questions to answer about the contract's single award.

Education Department says it’s ahead of the curve on using TBM

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The department's CIO said it is already using the White House-approved accounting framework to get better insight into its technology terrain.

‘Destinations Digital’ will fund DOT’s IT modernization in-house

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

“I don’t want any money. I don’t need any money,” said Department of Transportation CIO Vicki Hildebrand. “We have a lot of spend out there. We need to spend more wisely.”

CIOs need to be let off the chain for IT modernization, Suzette Kent says

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Federal CIO says the freedom should extend to "technology direction, authority to hire skills that are needed, authority to manage the budget and the opportunity to sit at the table with agency and government leadership."

TSA turns to Silicon Valley Innovation Program for new ideas on bag screening

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

The goal is to find techniques to automatically classify the contents of a passenger’s bag in such a way “that can support future algorithm development for explosives and/or prohibited item threats.”

ODNI and GSA want to help smaller agencies manage supply chain risk

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The intelligence office wants agencies be more vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity vulnerabilities within their IT supply chains. Information about suppliers is key.

Tech industry group clamors for transparency on JEDI reports to Congress

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

ITAPS is seeking more insight into how the Department of Defense is planning to pick its $10-billion cloud contract and it wants Congress' help.

Wanted: Contractor to provide government Wi-Fi network at Burning Man

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

Yes, that Burning Man.

DOD’s e-health record implementation to make a comeback in 2019

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The Defense Department will roll out the new EHR at military health facilities in 2019, with plans to be fully operational by 2022.

Defense Innovation Board unveils ‘Ten Commandments of Software’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

"These are the types of things that the Department of Defense needs to be thinking about in the context of software," Richard Murray said at the board's latest meeting.

DISA network to be 10 times faster with planned upgrade

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

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

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

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 month 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 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months ago

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