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GSA finishes schedule consolidation on deadline

Tuesday marked the start of fiscal 2020, and right on schedule, the General Services Administration has reached its goal of consolidating its 24 multiple-award schedules into one set of terms and conditions for products and services. GSA has been striving toward the goal for more than a year now as part of its effort to modernize acquisition for federal, state and local governments. "This is an important first step toward our goal of simplifying the experience for customers, suppliers, and GSA’s acquisition workforce,” said Emily Murphy, GSA administrator, in an announcement. Dave Nyczepir has more on the consolidation.


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Tech accelerator Dcode evolves to meet government need for training

Dcode started out as a company helping tech startups reach government customers. Now it's turning that model on its head, offering training to senior government officials on how to reach startups with innovative ideas. “You’re seeing such an uptick across all of government on their need to work with nontraditional technologies,” CEO Meagan Metzger said of the company’s development of Dcode Innovate, the training program. “There’s not an understanding of how to connect government and technology effectively.” Billy Mitchell has the story.


Army awards IT-as-a-service prototype contracts

The Army has kicked off its Enterprise IT-as-a-service (EITaaS) pilot with a trio of rapid prototype awards to commercial tech companies. The Army, like other military services, is moving in the direction of EITaaS as a way to focus its programs and personnel on more mission-critical work while bringing in outside commercial partners to provide more basic IT services. The awards focus on "data transport, end-user device provision, and cloud services for selected Army installations." See who won the awards.


Better data could help fight the opioid crisis, says DOJ IG

The Department of Justice's inspector general believes better data and more-timely sharing from the DEA could be key in the fight against opioid abuse. As it stands, though, the DEA is not doing a great job of it. The agency's databases aren’t updated often enough, and they don’t track certain drugs that are known to be used in conjunction with opioids, the IG says in a new report. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more on the report.


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