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23 Jan: Google Workspace Reports for Duty With US Army Deployment

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The U.S. Army has provided Google Workspace, the search-and-software giant’s collaboration suite, to more than 180,000 personnel in the wake of email licensing shortfalls and other information-technology dilemmas. he US Army has confirmed that the platform is live for soldiers who don’t require the full collaboration capabilities of Army365. Raj Iyer, Chief Information Officer,…

20 Dec: NIH Acquisition Org Initiates Corrective Action on $50B CIO-SP4 IT Support GWAC

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center informed the Government Accountability Office that it would initiate corrective action on the potential 10-year, $50 billion Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners follow-on contract for IT platforms and services after 119 protests were filed with GAO. NITAAC will only accept revised bids from…

16 Nov: Amid explosion in DoD’s use of OTAs, myths abound

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Other Transaction Agreements have been around since the days of the Space Race. But until recently, OTAs, which almost entirely bypass the government’s usual procurement rules, had been a little-used feature of the acquisition system. At least in the case of the Defense Department, it’s not a small niche anymore. Since the 2015 Defense…

15 Oct: Unhappy Bidders Claim CIO-SP4 Unfairly Favors Small Firms With Big Business Partners

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The $50 billion CIO-SP4 contract vehicle’s small business portion is moving forward and leaving some unhappy companies in its wake. Some companies have learned they failed to make the cut for phase 2 of the selection process. CIO-SP4 is the National Institutes of Health’s flagship government-wide vehicle for IT products and services.For this fourth…

21 Sep: Federal agencies racing to spend billions by Sept. 30

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The annual “Christmas in September” spending season is well under way, with billions of dollars that that need to be allocated before the government’s fiscal year ends Sept 30. The need to spend may be especially acute this year as supply chain issues and Congress’ habit of passing continuing resolutions instead of new budgets,…

19 Aug: GSA Increases Ceiling for Alliant 2 Contract

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The U.S. General Services Administration is increasing the ceiling of its Alliant 2 contract by $25 billion, bringing the ceiling to $75 billion. Alliant 2 is GSA’s premier enterprise Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) which provides customized information technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions to the federal government. As a best-in-class contract, Alliant 2…

21 Jul: GSA un-pauses Polaris small business RFP

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The General Services Administration has restarted the process for its Polaris government-wide IT solutions contract vehicle and reopened the portal for submitting proposals. In a pair of SAM.gov notices Thursday, GSA said it also has given bidders a new submission deadline of Aug. 10 after a pause over nearly three months to re-evaluate the…

22 Jun: Say Goodbye to JAIC and DDS

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, a high-profile focus point for AI adoption across the Pentagon, has ceased to exist as of June 1, as it and two other offices are rolled under the newly created Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer. Two other key parts of the Pentagon’s technology network will also be subsumed…

12 May: Appian awarded billions in damages against Pegasystems Inc.

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Appian has been awarded USD $2.036 billion in damages against Pegasystems Inc as the result of a jury verdict in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia. The verdict resulted in Pegasystems being held liable for trade secret misappropriation and violation of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act, resulting in the significant payout to Appian….

22 Apr: SAP Process Automation offers low-code RPA, workflow tool

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) SAP is fusing two existing tools into one product aimed at business process automation, one of the key tenets for digital transformation. SAP Process Automation combines SAP Workflow Management, which launched in 2009 to digitize workflows, and SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which came out in 2018 to automate workflows, into one package….