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The Pentagon needs more time on JEDI re-award

The Pentagon expected to take corrective actions on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) and re-award the contract by the end of August. But now the Department of Defense is asking the court for an extension of its bid protest remand period after the department “identified areas of concern” in the revised proposals from Microsoft and Amazon “resulting in multiple solicitation amendments, rounds of proposal revisions, and exchanges with the offerors” that have led it to need more time. At the conclusion of this period, the DOD will decide if the original award of JEDI to Microsoft was appropriate based on the corrective actions taken or if the protesting Amazon should win the bid. Billy Mitchell has more on the latest JEDI delay.


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A "hybrid model" for classified Air Force bug bounties

The Air Force is a big fan of white hat hackers and bug bounties — so much so, that the service's top tech acquisition official, Will Roper, wants to find a way to open classified systems to the crowdsourced vulnerability disclosure programs, at least partially. Typically, the Air Force classifies a large amount of its work in the interest of national security. But, if those classified systems have weak cybersecurity, their secret nature doesn’t really matter that much, Roper said. “If a hacker in a foreign nation is able to take our system down in a few hours of conflict then I would be hard-pressed to say that by classifying our systems we did our warfighters the service that they deserve,” he said. “There is a way to have a hybrid model.” Jackson Barnett has more.


USPS tool could boost EHR matching, senators say

New Senate legislation would make the U.S. Postal Service‘s address formatting tool available to hospitals and testing laboratories to improve their ability to match patient records and aid coronavirus response efforts. “Giving health care providers access to the Postal Service’s existing address tools would help save lives by making it easier to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing,” Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., one of the bill’s cosponsors, said in a statement. “This common-sense bipartisan legislation should be included in the next COVID-19 relief package.” Dave Nyczepir has the story.


Hurd, Kelly push for AI R&D doubling

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., have added to their efforts to spur bipartisan policy to help the U.S. keep its artificial intelligence research edge. The two joined forces once again with the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Center for a New American Security to publish a report on the need for more national AI research and development funding. Hurd and Kelly recommend — as the White House and the National Security Commission on AI have before — that national R&D spending on AI should be immediately doubled. See more from the report.


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