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WMD defense agency awards $435M IT contract

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

The Department of Defense’s key agency for combating weapons of mass destruction obtained a series of core IT services in the potential five-year contract.

Bill Zielinski tapped to lead GSA’s IT acquisition branch

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

Zielinski has seen a quick rise as an IT acquisition leader at GSA.

Could a continuing resolution save the Tech Modernization Fund in 2019?

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Continuing resolutions, the weapon of choice for financing the government for the past dozen years, could be a way for the TMF to sidestep appropriators.

HHS seeks an app for better collection of patient-reported health care outcomes

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

Patient-reported outcomes are "vital" to understanding patient needs, but we still don't have a good way to gather this data.

IT spend on customer relationship management surges in 2018

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

Investments are undergirded by a surge in IT spending, with 14 percent growth between 2016 and 2017.

USDA wants an intranet employees would ‘look forward to going to’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

The agency put out a request for information this week.

Air Force awards Leidos sole-source $63M IT, telecommunications contract

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Leidos secured a bridge contract to provide Air Force and DOD installations in the National Capital Region with IT and telecommunications services.

OMB needs new philosophy for ‘Cloud Smart’ strategy

by Bob Osborn • 1 week ago

Op-ed: Bob Osborn believes if OMB wants to successfully move agencies to the cloud, a quantum leap in philosophy is needed.

DISA wants to standardize metrics for commercial cloud contracts across government

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, DISA issued a request for information asking for industry feedback on the types of metrics federal agencies should include in commercial cloud SLAs.

IT acquisition leader Kay Ely to retire from GSA

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Amid both a massive reorganization and ongoing IT modernization efforts, the General Services Administration is losing its technology chief.

18F slices ATO times to from 6 months to 30 days

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Finding more efficiency in the ATO process has been a conundrum for public and private sectors, but an 18F team thinks they may have finally cracked it.

Eastern Foundry team wins SBIR grants to boost Air Force procurement

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

For the past year the team has been building two internal tech products — Assembly and Hunting Party.

General Dynamics IT gets new leader in Christopher Marzilli

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The company announced that it elected Marzilli to take over its IT portfolio Jan. 1 following the retirement of current leader S. Daniel Johnson.

Pentagon set to recompete enterprise data storage contract for $639M

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Enterprise Storage Solutions (ESS) III is a $639 million follow-on contract for "on-demand storage capabilities" across the Defense Department.

‘No longer an experiment’ — DIUx becomes DIU, permanent Pentagon unit

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

"Though DIU will continue to experiment with new ways of delivering capability to the warfighter, the organization itself is no longer an experiment," said the deputy secretary of Defense.

Leidos inks $639M deal to upgrade 2 key Social Security programs

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The task orders will advance modernization efforts for the agency’s Office of Software Engineering and Disability Case Processing System.

Air Force wants to experiment with consolidating service desk, device management

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Experiments at up to 20 of 187 bases globally will "leverage commercially owned and operated IT services at those bases to learn and adjust before transitioning to the rest of the AF starting in 2020."

BAE Systems gets $5.2M DARPA contract to develop advanced cyberdefense tools

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 2 weeks ago

BAE Systems will be tasked with developing tools that identify and fight off threats on networks that are too big and complex to defend using traditional cybersecurity tools.

DOD’s JEDI cloud acquisition gets its first protest

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

DOD's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud acquisition "virtually assures DOD will be locked into legacy cloud for a decade or more," the company argues.

GSA offers overview of how it’s redesigning CAMEO

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

GSA is getting ready to overhaul its business services platform, and it provided industry stakeholders with a sneak peek Tuesday.

SEC seeks cloud-based e-discovery system for pilot

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

During the pilot, the SEC wants to evaluate the cloud solution against the current on-premises system for cost efficiency, capabilities and performance.

U.S. Coast Guard has its eye on Pentagon’s JEDI cloud

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

“We’re watching closely JEDI and what the DOD is doing there,” Adm. Karl Schultz said.

IRS CIO improperly delegated key IT spending responsibilities, watchdog says

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 weeks ago

A Treasury Department internal watchdog said that the IRS was not complying with FITARA in delegating responsibilities that are supposed to go to the CIO.

DISA expands availability of its mobile management service

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

The cost for the service is now $4.31 per device, per month, down from $7.54.

USDA releases RFQs for Phase II of its IT Modernization Centers of Excellence

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

USDS has big plans for data center consolidation and cloud migration.

TTS’s Joanne Collins-Smee leaving GSA

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Joanne Collins-Smee will leave GSA for the private sector at the end of August.

Senator threatens TMF’s 2019 funding without showing results

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Senate passed appropriations legislation that includes $154 billion in discretionary funding, but not a penny is going to the TMF, as it stands.

Accenture will build a new data center for the Library of Congress

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The contract is worth $27.3 million over three years.

VA takes first steps to modernize central VA.gov website

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The agency wants help with the creation of, and migration to, a modern content management system for VA.gov.

3 tech companies secure a $550M software deal with Navy

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

A trio of software and technology companies will supply the Department of Defense with cybersecurity and data protection solutions through 2023.

DOD wants $240M refresh of its high-performance computing capabilities

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The Department of Defense is looking to refresh its high-performance computing capabilities in a new $240 million contract.

Booz Allen lands $885M Pentagon AI contract

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The company will be helping the DOD deal with the "unprecedented amounts" of reconnaissance data that exist in our modern world.

GSA wants to marry shared services and innovation in SBIR pilot

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

GSA officials said they hope to utilize the SBIR Phase III pilot to provide agencies new technologies by channeling them through GSA’s acquisition arms.

Army in search of new cyber capabilities to defend its networks

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The Army issued a request for information in search of potential cybersecurity, risk management and cybersecurity system engineering services in the cloud.

Pentagon adds $1B to EHR price tag to ensure interoperability with VA

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

The agency added another $1.1 billion to its ongoing $4.3 billion contract.

GSA moves ahead with SBIR Phase III pilot program

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

GSA officials said the pilot will explore awarding and managing SBIR Phase III contracts to help bring more innovative technologies to market.

Connolly bill would compel agencies to comply with FedRAMP

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The FedRAMP Reform Act requires federal to report their compliance with the cloud authorization program while also aiming to streamline its operations.

GSA, OPM aim to have plans for HR solutions shift by this fall

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

OPM is working on a plan to divest itself of its transactional operations, starting with its Human Resources Solutions office, to focus on personnel policy.

The Pentagon opens JEDI cloud for bidding, still as a single award contract

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

After months of delays and contentious debate among industry, DOD issued the final request for proposals Thursday for its JEDI contract.

NGA signs new multi-year contract with Esri’s ArcGIS

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

The market-leading GIS company's technology has been part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's mission for several decades.

The National Park Service wants to use mobile data to help shape its future

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

If you use a mobile device in one of the parks, you might be helping the agency with long-range transportation and visitor experience plans.

White House wants industry input on how to build its GEAR Center

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The Trump administration is looking to create a public-private partnership laboratory to research how to build a better government.

PSC survey finds acquisition professionals are hopeful, despite tough climate

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The survey said federal officials feel acquisition workforce skill is improving, despite continued headwinds in hiring and budget challenges.

Gov Actually Episode 26: How the government buys things (And why it does it the way it does)

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Dan and Danny discuss federal acquisition and why it is the way it is, even if it's frustrating and exhaustingly long at times.

Pentagon wants to move its ‘Acropolis’ to the cloud to fight cyber-adversaries

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

It's like Greece's Acropolis, but for defending against cyberattacks from within the cloud.

GSA inks deal with Veritas for data and cloud management software

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

GSA officials reached an agreement with Veritas Technologies for a single software contract as part of its IT Schedule 70 FITARA Enhancement Program.

GSA: Agencies wanting an EIS extension better have transformation in mind

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Agencies with plans to transform their technology infrastructure will be more likely to get an EIS deadline extension, GSA officials said.

Inside DIUx’s push into Texas

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

DIUx has scored early successes in Texas leveraging its nearby military assets and offering the Defense Department's “priority problems” to make it an attractive customer.

DARPA interested in applying quantum computing to machine learning

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Defense officials want to leverage the nuanced technology’s computing power to optimize machine learning as well as address scientific modeling problems.

Library of Congress is spending $1.5M on a public Congressional Research Service reports website. Is it worth it?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

The library's implementation plan, and critiques from some in civil society, is raising a quintessential tension in civic tech.

To drive modernization, CIOs urge adoption of Technology Business Management practices

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Agencies have been tracking their IT spending using a 20-year-old policy and federal leaders think it's time for a refresh.

Defense CIO Dana Deasy conducting ‘full review’ of JEDI cloud acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The goal, Deasy says, is a final RFP "that truly represents what any smart intelligent company in private industry would do in seeking to put an enterprise cloud in place."

White House continues push for public-private collaboration on AI

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The Trump administration wants to leverage the public, private and academic sectors to ensure the U.S. has the lead in artificial intelligence.

SBA wants $40M in IT services help to meet 5-year modernization goals

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The first task order will focus on cloud migration and data center consolidation.

DISA awards $49M OTA for background check system

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The OTA will offer speed to the procurement of a new background investigations process.

VA wants to use AI to boost veteran experience

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to better leverage artificial intelligence in the front-facing services it provides to its customers.

Agencies can pilot mobile phish-blocking tech through DHS

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

New technology to block phishing attacks on mobile devices is now available for agencies to pilot through licenses held by DHS.

DOD gives more detail on ‘cloud initiative’ under CIO Dana Deasy’s lead

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Yes, Dana Deasy will now lead the JEDI Cloud program.

Contractors worked on GSA’s $50B telecom transition without background check approval

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

GSA's IG says that contractor staff provided more than $675,000 worth of work on the telecommunications contract despite not having security clearances.

DOT engages industry on draft shared services IT requests

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The agency provided feedback to industry on two draft solicitations for its seven-year IT infrastructure contract Monday.