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03/06/2020
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IG report coming on VA's EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General plans to release a report soon detailing several critical IT infrastructure problems and training issues that could cause “cascading failures” in the department's migration to a modernized electronic health record (EHR) system. The report’s main finding is that a VA hospital in Spokane, Washington, “lacks adequate staffing” to minimize patients losing access to care as it transitions to the new EHR system. On top of that, failures to prepare VA's larger IT infrastructure and adequately train for the new system has caused the VA to push the EHR's launch date back to July. VA Deputy Inspector General David Case told lawmakers Thursday that “critical physical and IT infrastructure upgrades have not been completed” at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane “in line with VA’s own timelines.” Jackson Barnett has more on the upcoming report.


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More protests of e-commerce marketplace pilots

Three businesses have separately protested the General Services Administration's commercial e-marketplace pilots, the agency revealed in a hearing Wednesday. Bill Zielinski, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Information Technology, said the protests will likely further delay the process. “It’s difficult to say exactly the window of time that it will take to work through the protests, but we do believe that it’s in a short window of time,” Zielinski said during a House Oversight subcommittee hearing Wednesday. “If not by the end of the month, shortly thereafter.” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., requested that GSA notify the subcommittee if handling the protests takes longer than 30 days. Dave Nyczepir was at the hearing.


Treasury to expand AWS commercial cloud

Part of the Treasury Department's larger move to the cloud, it's looking to expand its departmentwide commercial cloud environment that currently resides in Amazon Web Services‘ commercial infrastructure. The department issued a sources-sought notice Wednesday asking AWS vendors to submit information on their ability to provide cloud services to Treasury bureaus and agencies through the Workplace Community Cloud (WC2). The eventual procurement could be worth $200 million. Billy Mitchell has more on the plan.


Klimavicz joins KPMG

Just weeks after stepping away from federal service, former Justice Department CIO Joe Klimavicz has landed at KPMG. As a managing director, he will work in KPMG’s practice advising federal agencies on cloud migration and cybersecurity. “Joe is a respected federal IT leader, and we’re very glad to have him on the KPMG team as we help agencies transform their IT operations,” Chris Marston, principal and leader of the KPMG's government advisory practice, said in a statement. “Our clients will benefit from the deep, hands-on experience he has acquired over many years in government IT — particularly in the area of cybersecurity and cloud adoption.” Dave has more on Klimavicz's move.


OMB's latest IPv6 guidance

The Office of Management and Budget is once again pushing for adoption of IPv6. The agency came out with a memo this week with updated requirements for agencies to switch to IPv6-only information systems and services. IPv4, the current standard for identifying entities communicating via the internet, was developed in 1983, and the pool of available addresses ran out in 2015. IPv6, on the other hand, uses longer addresses with 340 undecillion combinations, so there are plenty more to go around. The new guidance calls it "essential for the federal government to expand and enhance its strategic commitment to the transition to IPv6 in order to keep pace with and capitalize on industry trends.” Dave has more from the guidance.


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