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25 Feb: CIO-SP4 Lawsuits Continue To Pile Up

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) More companies have gone to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims with complaints over how the $50 billion IT vehicle is being managed. The $50 billion CIO-SP4 contract has drawn more protesters at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims as four more companies have joined the fray this week. Eight companies in total have…

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22 Jan: 3 Ways That Generative AI Can Transform Human Services

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Generative AI can help government workers complete time-consuming administrative tasks, address gaps in agency operations, reduce wait times and improve language translation services. As we mark the second anniversary of the Biden administration’s Executive Order on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery, Generative AI is helping reimagine the way that government agencies deliver…

12 Dec: U.S. Army evaluating its relationship with Palantir 

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The U.S. Army is reconsidering its partnership with Palantir over concerns related to data ownership, possibly leading to a significant change in their contract and affecting Palantir’s financials. The revamp indicates a shift towards open-source platforms and less reliance on a single prime contractor. Analysts have responded to these developments with a bearish view…

23 Oct: SAP Barely Moving Needle to Migrate Users off ECC

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Global tech researcher Gartner has found that only 33 percent of SAP users relying on its legacy ECC ERP system have bought or subscribed to licenses to start their transition to S/4HANA. The data from Q2 2023 also showed that while a third of ECC users had failed to buy S/4HANA in any form,…

23 Sep: Experts say AI should write — but not execute — battle plans

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Chatbots can now invent new recipes (with mixed success), plan vacations, or write a budget-conscious grocery list. So what’s stopping them from summarizing secret intelligence or drafting detailed military operations orders? Nothing, in theory, said AI experts from the independent Special Competitive Studies Project. The Defense Department should definitely explore those possibilities, SCSP argues,…

24 Aug: Army Rolls Out New Contract Writing Software System

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, recently launched the Army Contract Writing System, a platform designed to provide the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement with a single enterprise writing and management system to streamline the Army contracting process. The initial user group includes 104 contracting…

16 Jul: GAO Sustains 93 Bid Protests Filed Over CIO-SP4 Solicitation

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Government Accountability Office sustained 93 legal challenges to National Institutes of Health’s embattled solicitation, CIO-SP4, concluding that the agency “unreasonably failed” to advance proposals past the first phase on their evaluation. In a statement, managing associate general counsel for procurement law at GAO Kenneth E. Patton said the agency’s decision to not advance…

20 Jun: CIO-SP4 protests move toward final decision

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) No action appears likely to resolve the 130-plus protests involving this $50 billion IT vehicle, which indicates the Government Accountability Office will decide on the contract’s next steps Everything points toward full hearings on the objections raised more than 130 protestors regarding the $50 billion CIO-SP4 contract for IT solutions. A small handful of…

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21 May: What is EDGE Computing?

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Edge computing has become a much talked-about element of federal IT infrastructures in recent years. But what is edge computing? At the time, the plan was to begin certifying contractors as soon as 2020. For one thing, the word means much more than a small data center somewhere out there. In fact, many interrelated…