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Revealing the RATs and scoring the agencies

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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NGA prepares directive to speed acquisition

NGA Deputy Director Susan Gordon says coming guidance will put tangible policy behind the agency’s oft-stated goal of more quickly deploying technologies.

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Eagerly awaited agile BPA is delayed

18F's novel agile procurement attempt is pushed back while the agency works to answer all the vendor questions pouring in.

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Study tackles DOD acquisition riddle

Use all funding options to get cutting-edge technologies into the hands of soldiers faster, says a new CSIS study.

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Pentagon hopes single service provider will deliver

The DOD is looking for its transition to a single service provider for IT services to yield benefits in efficiency and scale.

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Einstein the only winner from another flaying of OPM on the Hill

A key lawmaker said he is readying fresh legislation to accelerate the cyber detection program.

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Potential users talk EIS contract

Federal IT and network managers discussed their work to transition to GSA's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract at a June 25 ACT-IAC panel.

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Navy paying millions for Windows XP, other dated products

The Navy has awarded a $9.1 million contract to Microsoft for dated products including Windows XP, which the firm stopped providing updates for over a year ago.

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IT tools can help declassification backlog, but is there funding?

Three pilot projects designed to prove out the software-based analysis concept have convinced members of the Public Interest Declassification Board that some level of automation can be introduced into the declassification process.

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GSA Schedule tools expanding

As options expand, some of the "wiggle room" in Multiple Awards Schedule pricing is being winnowed out.

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Joint Chiefs official blasts cultural resistance to major IT projects

Two of the Pentagon's major IT security initiatives face problems from the ranks, laments Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman.

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GSA, SEWP, NITAAC collaborate on computer needs

Acquisition managers surveyed users at 26 federal agencies about what kinds of laptops and desktops are most commonly used, and used the input to set baseline configurations.