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CIO-SP4 is here

The National Institutes of Health launched its highly anticipated, $50 billion IT governmentwide acquisition contract, CIO-SP4, Tuesday evening, calling for proposals from industry. The 10-year contract has 10 task areas including IT services, CIO support, cybersecurity, digital government and cloud services and software development. Commenting on the launch of the contract, NITAAC acting Director Brian Goodger said: “CIO-SP4 builds upon the success of CIO-SP3 and takes into account several lessons learned that we believe will enhance the experience of our federal agency customers and contract holders alike. We are excited about the possibility CIO-SP4 holds for revolutionizing the way agencies acquire IT.” John Hewitt Jones has more.

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NSA's move to unclassified work

The National Security Agency has developed new physical and virtual workspaces to support collaboration around its unclassified work. The idea came about before the pandemic, but since COVID-19 hit and the need for remote work became apparent, the agency has gone full-throttle to accelerate the launch of hubs where NSA personnel and contractors can securely work together in-person and online on unclassified workloads, said Rebecca Guzman, who leads the rollout of the Unclassified Work Environment program. “This really represents a huge cultural change for the agency with a workforce that is used to providing protection for a lot of our classified information — it really isn’t embedded in our DNA,” she said. Billy Mitchell has this one.

Buy commercial

A group of technology companies and trade groups issued a letter to the Biden administration Wednesday calling for more stringency on federal agencies to buy commercial tech. Salesforce, Palantir, Splunk and DataRobot were among the signatories to the letter and were joined by trade groups including the Alliance for Digital Innovation, the Silicon Valley Defense Group, and the Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government. More from the letter.

Partnership key to quantum grid optimization

The Department of Energy hopes to advance quantum information science (QIS) to the point where it can optimize the U.S. power grid. But to do so, it must foster more public-private partnerships, said commercialization executive Rima Kasia Oueid. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

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