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02/14/2020
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Judge orders a JEDI work stop

There will be no new task orders under the Department of Defense's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract until Amazon's protest of the acquisition is settled, a federal court ruled Thursday. The judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the Department of Defense and JEDI awardee Microsoft from any new contracting activity until further notice. Microsoft told FedScoop it was "disappointed" by the ruling but that it believes "we will ultimately be able to move forward with the work to make sure those who serve our country can access the new technology they urgently require." Billy Mitchell has more on the injunction.


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And the newest CoE is...

The Department of Labor was announced Thursday as the latest agency selected to participate in the Trump administration's IT Modernization Centers of Excellence. The CoEs, a project of the General Services Administration, will focus on the “modernization of DOL’s acquisition capabilities using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) expertise,” and will leverage the initiative’s newest center, the AI CoE. “The Department of Labor is always looking for ways to integrate new technologies into our operations,” Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella said in a statement. “By partnering with GSA, our Department will modernize our procurement process to better serve the taxpayers.” Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has the news.


Making the CoEs permanent

Speaking of the CoEs, a pair of House lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday looking to codify the centers. Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., call the Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act a “light touch” codification of the existing CoE initiative. "Congress should take every opportunity possible to make government more effective and efficient as we work to better serve Americans everywhere," Meadows said in a statement. "By bringing the best of private sector innovation to the federal government’s IT systems, these Centers of Excellence will allow agencies to better communicate with the Americans they serve, all while saving the taxpayer tens of millions by making agencies more efficient." Tajha's on this one too.


Another CIO departure

The federal CIO community is losing one of its longest-tenured members. Justice Department CIO Joe Klimavicz announced Wednesday that he's retiring. Klimavicz has more than 40 years in government service, the last six of which were as Justice CIO. He told staff Wednesday about his plans in an email, obtained by FedScoop. Klimavicz also serves as Justice’s chief data officer. And prior to joining DOJ, he was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s CIO and director of high-performance computing and communications. Billy Mitchell has more on Klimavicz's retirement.


Army appointing 'data representatives'

The Army has ordered each of its divisions to appoint a "data representative" who will work with the Defense Department’s chief data officer to help improve data interoperability and general data literacy across the service. Army IT leaders described the new role Thursday at an AFCEA DC luncheon as part of a broader push to educate the Army in data, tech and IT know-how. Jackson Barnett has more.


Foreign IT subcontractor had improper access to Commerce system, audit says

According to a new inspector general report, the Department of Commerce gave employees of a Canadian IT subcontractor unauthorized access to sensitive data on a department document management system. On top of that, the IG found, the department mishandled some aspects of the response. The blunder was made worse by the fact that at the point when it happened, Commerce was part of the negotiations on new North American trade rules that included Canada. Joe Warminsky has the report.


WATCH: USDA CISO touts zero trust

Federal IT officials and experts from industry recently sat down with FedScoop to discuss zero-trust security and whether it's just another buzzword or a trend that's here to stay. Today, catch the latest video from Agriculture CISO Venice Goodwine. See what Goodwine had to say.


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