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09/02/2020
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Army picks companies under COTS software contract

The Army has tapped 31 technology vendors to provide commercial software across the military and potentially the greater federal government. Under the $13 billion indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - Software 2 contract, the contractors will supply commercial software products and maintenance across 14 product categories, including NetOps, communication, modeling and simulation, and programming and development. Billy Mitchell has the list of winners.


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Should DOD require data for AI training in contracts?

As the military moves to adopt artificial intelligence, it must also prioritize the generation and collection of quality data to build models around, Department of Defense officials said Tuesday. Michael Kanaan, the head of the Air Force's AI accelerator, said it should be a requirement in contracts moving forward. “You should try to set policies for those words ‘training’ and ‘quality data’ in your contracts,” he said. Jackson Barnett has more.


SSA needs to keep contracting officers in the agile loop

As the Social Security Administration modernizes its IT enterprise, it should better identify roles for contracting officials in the agile software development process, according to the Government Accountability Office. SSA has an agile process in place, but its IT modernization projects continue to see delays due to the murky roles of contracting officials, the GAO says in a new report. “SSA officials told us they did not think they needed to specify the roles given that the contractors were only responsible for providing services,” GAO says. “However, according to leading practices for agile adoption, key roles in agile IT development include the program office, product owner, contracting personnel, and development team.” Dave Nyczepir has more.


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USPTO’s CIO on why scalability matters during a crisis

Patent and Trademark Office CIO Jamie Holcombe shares how federal agencies are in the middle of a “leapfrog event” in which agencies have an opportunity to modernize their core mission foundations as well as the IT infrastructure. When the pandemic sent the government into the greatest exercise in scalability, leaders within the USPTO learned that they need to go back to their managed services contracts and make sure scalability is included. A future-ready government is one that is scalable to manage future crises, he says. Hear more for Jamie Holcombe.


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