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JEDI's not done, but the end may be near

Did you think the ongoing JEDI protest saga was over? Not just yet. But it could be nearing its end after the Court of Federal Claims issued a sealed decision Wednesday denying a motion by the Department of Justice and Microsoft to dismiss Amazon's protest of the Pentagon's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract. Why is that a big deal? The Department of Defense sent an “information paper” to Congress in January explaining that if the judge didn't side with the DOD in the motion to dismiss, it could "elongate the timeline significantly" — so much so that it "might bring the future of the JEDI Cloud procurement into question. Under this scenario, the DoD CIO would reassess the strategy going forward.” Billy Mitchell has the news.

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DOD to allow personal phones on DOD365

At the IT Modernization Summit on Wednesday, John Sherman, acting Department of Defense CIO, said several agencies within the department are working to find cyber-secure ways for mobile phones to access DOD365, the DOD’s higher-security version of Microsoft Office 365. At first, the department was hesitant to allow personnel to access the new collaboration platform with personal cellphones, with only government-provided mobile devices allowed to connect. “We are working with the services and [the Defense Information Systems Agency] to test various capabilities to test personal phones and tablets to access the environment in a cyber safe way,” Sherman said. “This initiative is challenging and going to take some time, but we are determined to get it right.” Jackson Barnett has more.

GSA's move to modular cloud

Also at the IT Modernization Summit, Beth Killoran, deputy CIO of the General Services Administration, discussed the agency's plans to increase cloud brokerage having “stress-tested” cloud technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic. “A lot of agencies have found that not all clouds have the same types of capabilities, and I don’t think that we want to have cloud lock — similar to what we’ve had with other kinds of platform locks before,” Killoran said. “And so I think we’re going to start seeing some cloud brokerage and some cloud distribution so that we can utilize the best capabilities of cloud environments.” Dave Nyczepir has more from the summit.


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