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21 Mar: Joint JEDI Award To Microsoft, AWS Could ‘Reduce DoD’s Litigation Risk’

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) As the U.S. Department of Defense continues to face litigation that’s holding up the massive JEDI cloud computing project, options for the DoD include amending the award to incorporate multiple cloud vendors, an expert on government procurement law explained. The Department of Defense selected Microsoft for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract…

21 Feb: IT Trends to Watch in 2021

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The federal government, like its state and local counterparts, has been consumed with responding to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and its resulting effects on how work gets done. Agencies shifted to large-scale remote work setups and zero-trust cybersecurity became more important with so many users operating outside of the traditional boundaries of the…

23 Jan: Agriculture CIO Says Centers of Excellence Sped Up Farmers.gov Upgrades By Years

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) IT modernization has been a growing focus in federal government for years, but President Donald Trump’s signing of the Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act last month put more momentum behind it. It codified the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence into law — an initiative which the Agriculture Department had been…

20 Dec: SolarWinds: The Hunt to Figure Out Who Was Breached

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Russian hacking group suspected of leveraging a tainted SolarWinds software update to infiltrate as many as 18,000 organizations is presenting a forensics challenge unlike any other. To ensnare such a large group of private companies, government agencies and organizations is the equivalent of factory ocean trawler scraping the seabed. The question now for…

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24 Nov: The IRS wants its own version of ‘The Sims’

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The IRS wants to play “The Sims” at work. Well, it’s own version of the popular life-simulation video game, that is. According to a new request for information posted last April by the tax agency, it’s asking industry for its own, IRS mission-specific version of the game. The IRS is looking for an “interactive…

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15 Oct: DOD Releases Long-Awaited Data Strategy

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Defense Department has released its first enterprise-wide data strategy. The 14-page document released Oct. 8 outlines the basis for what will become the DOD’s data commandments to apply to “the entire Department of Defense, and its data, on whichever systems that information resides.” DOD outlined seven principles in the data strategy, which include…

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27 Sep: CMMC is coming. Are you ready?

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification has undergone an interagency review as part of a rulemaking process needed to make CMMC a part of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations, and it will head into an open comment period once an interim rule is published. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification will soon be…

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20 Aug: Transforming federal procure-to-pay processes with proven automation solutions

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) For as long as government acquisition professionals can recall, there have been two long-standing complaints about the process. Program offices complain that the procurement process is long, confusing, and fraught with revisions and requests for additional information. Contracting officers complain that they never receive complete information, have to continually request revisions and additional documentation,…

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19 Jul: GSA launches $50B STARS III solicitation for small IT businesses

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) STARS III is open to small, disadvantaged prime contractors participating in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Businesses Development program. 8(a) businesses are those “owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.” The 10-year contract will build on the preceding STARS II by focusing more on emerging technologies and performance outside…

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20 Jun: How The Coronavirus Will Impact Security Clearances

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Federal officials who oversee millions of active security clearances said they will relax the rules that trigger security reviews for people who face financial hardships. The change aims to reduce the hardships resulting from layoffs, furloughs and other economic disruptions caused by shutdowns now affecting most of the country. Specifically, the policy calls for…