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06/19/2020
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Leidos moves forward with NGEN-R

Perspecta's quest to derail the Navy's award of its Next Generation Enterprise Network Recompete (NGEN-R) contract to Leidos is over, at least for now. The Government Accountability Office denied Perspecta’s protest of the $7.7 billion IT services portion of the contract. In the protest, Perspecta argued that the Navy improperly evaluated proposals in awarding the Service Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) contract — the larger of two awards under NGEN-R — to Leidos in February. But the GAO found that “the Navy’s evaluation was reasonable and that, to the extent that there were errors in the agency’s evaluation, those errors did not result in competitive prejudice to Perspecta because its proposal remains higher-priced and lower-rated than Leidos’s proposal." Perspecta could, however, always take its failed protest to another venue, like the Court of Federal Claims. Billy Mitchell has more.


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Microsoft president walks back ban on facial recognition sales to police

Microsoft President Brad Smith during a public interview Thursday wouldn't commit to a full ban on sales of facial recognition technology to law enforcement in the wake of nationwide protests of systemic racism. Asked about Microsoft’s recent claims that it will wait until a federal law is passed regulating facial recognition before resuming sales to police, Smith promised only that his company won’t provide the technology in scenarios that lead to bias against minorities and women. “We won’t allow our technology to be used in any manner that puts people’s fundamental rights at risk,” Smith said in an interview with Politico Live. “Now I will say, look, the federal government is a broad government. There’s a lot more than law enforcement that’s involved.” Dave Nyczepir has the latest from Microsoft.


Accenture scores $341M Commerce cloud contract

The Department of Commerce awarded Accenture Federal Services a $341 million contract to help consolidate core business systems for finance, acquisition, property and enterprise data storage into a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. The contract is a continuation of work between Accenture and Commerce. The firm has provided the department with analytics, cybersecurity and finance solutions since the early 2000s, and will now deliver fully authorized cloud services: Accenture Federal Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning; Managed Detection and Response; and the Accenture Insights Platform.

Dave has this one, too.


At DOD, "agile" isn't quite agile enough

The Department of Defense says nearly two dozen of its weapons programs are using “agile” software development, but according to a new watchdog report, those programs are falling short of industry standards. While the general definition of agile holds that software updates should occur every six weeks, 16 of the 22 self-described agile programs reported taking longer than that, the Government Accountability Office found. Other industry standards, like setting up software factories where code is written within a certain style framework to speed up collaboration, are only met by four of the programs. No programs claimed to follow the newly favorable DevSecOps methodology, according to the report. More from Jackson Barnett.


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