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06/12/2020
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DEOS cloud contract goes back to bid

It appears the Department of Defense's $7.6 billion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) is going back to bid — again — after the General Services Administration has agreed to take a corrective action on the contract. The decision marks the latest unexpected turn of events in the ongoing DEOS procurement battle between original contract winner General Dynamics IT and Perspecta, which has protested the contract twice now. Both times, the GSA — the agency leading the acquisition — has taken corrective actions. A GSA spokesperson confirmed the agency “took corrective action on the DEOS procurement,” but wouldn’t comment on what the action was because the procurement is active. Billy Mitchell has more.


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Pentagon needs 'modern IT' to track second wave

DOD's acquisition lead, Ellen Lord, told Congress she needs “modern IT systems” to track shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prepare for a next wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Lord signaled that the department wants to build out a network specific to emergency logistics and find more ways to track its own supply chains in times of crisis. “We want to make sure we get irreversible momentum so we leave behind a sustainable acquisition and distribution system that can be utilized in the future,” she said of DOD’s work partnering with agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services. Jackson Barnett has the story.


Sevatec wins GSA contract-writing system pilot

GSA issued a $7.5 million pilot contract this week to Sevatec as a first step toward launching a modernized agencywide contract-writing system. Dubbed the Contract Acquisition Life-cycle Management (CALM) system, it will consolidate and standardize the Federal Acquisition Service‘s many internal processes and systems accounting for $60 billion in goods and services procured governmentwide annually. Sevatec's pilot will run 100 days, after which FAS can request additional functionality over a couple of years before scaling CALM agencywide. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop on the pilot.


Bill Marion lands at Accenture Federal Services

Bill Marion has made his landing in the private sector after retiring as deputy CIO of the Air Force in April. He's joined Accenture Federal Services as managing director of growth and strategy in the company’s defense and intelligence practice. In the role, Marion will be focused on providing his insight and expertise on IT and innovation, helping Accenture’s clients “develop and execute technology transformation and mission-support strategies that are designed to deter, deflect and defeat today’s evolving threats,” according to a release. More on Marion's new role.


Facial recognition companies distance themselves from law enforcement

Amid a national discussion over the powers of police departments, Amazon said it's suspending for one year the use of its facial recognition software, called Rekognition, by law enforcement agencies and other government entities. The software, which had been used by a handful of local police departments and federal agencies, has been criticized for violating individuals' privacy and inaccurately matching people of color with photos of criminal suspects. Earlier in the week, IBM announced it would suspend development of facial recognition technologies. But the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued governments over their use of Rekognition, was skeptical that a short ban would change much. "This surveillance technology’s threat to our civil rights and civil liberties will not disappear in a year,” the group said. See more on StateScoop.


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