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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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


25 May: Why Open Source Solutions are Playing a More Powerful Role in Enterprise IT

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) One of the biggest IT challenges government organizations face in their efforts to modernize their systems is how to keep their options open for the future — and avoid the trappings that can come from committing to one primary vendor or technology platform… Given shift from big monolithic IT environments to more agile cloud…


19 Apr: SAP announces changes in maintenance policy post 2025 Is it enough?

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) To no-one in particular’s surprise, SAP has announced the much anticipated changes in its post 2025 ERP product line maintenance policy. Let’s break it down… A commitment for maintenance for S/4HANA through to 2040 An extension of the ‘2025’ deadline for maintenance cut off for SAP ERP 6.0, SAP Customer Relationship Management 7.0, SAP…

24 Mar: Army, VA Taking on Major Enterprise Financial System Transformation Projects

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) GFEBS Product Director Heather Putman, speaking at the Association of Government Accountants’ Financial Services Summit, said that cloud migration would increase agility for Army business needs, improve performance and provide real-time visibility to data. “When we procure hardware — physical boxes — it takes a long time, and then you have to secure them….