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FCW Insider: Jan. 17

A watchdog report that is bound to reverberate in upcoming House hearings asserts that General Services Administration lawyers gave possible emoluments clause violations the short shrift in a review of Donald Trump's hotel lease after he was elected president but before he took office. Adam Mazmanian explains.

Is it the twilight of the central CIO at the Department of Defense? The Section 809 panel charged with coming up with new thinking on defense acquisition said in a final set of recommendations that the Clinger-Cohen Act, and its central CIO requirement, may have outlived their usefulness. Lauren C. Williams reports.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged nine individuals and organizations with participating in a 2016 scheme to hack into the EDGAR securities database to collect inside information. EDGAR, a system with roots in the 1990s, is overdue for replacement. Derek B. Jonson has the story.

Following the federal court ruling invalidating the citizenship question on the 2020 census, House Democrats want to ensure the Census Bureau can handle the preparations required in advance of the national count. Chase Gunter has more.

Quick Hits

*** The General Services Administration announced in a Jan. 15 contracting notice that a draft solicitation in the $8 billion back-office cloud procurement it is conducting on behalf of the Defense Department will be issued by Jan. 31, with a final solicitation coming in late February or early March. The Defense Enterprise Office Solutions procurement, known as DEOS,  was shifted from the Defense Information Systems Agency to GSA in October. The solutions -- covering business software, email, calendar, content management, collaboration tools and communications including voice and video -- will be available to DOD customers via a blanket purchase agreement on GSA's Schedule 70.

*** The Department of Education scrapped a longstanding solicitation for a NextGen Financial Services Environment -- a new system for borrowers and lenders to process and maintain the more than $1 trillion in student loans overseen by the Office of Financial Student Aid. The cancellation notice was issued on Jan. 15 and was accompanied by a replacement solicitation.

*** Democratic control of the House of Representatives this Congress brings a new cadre of Appropriations cardinals -- subcommittee chairs responsible for bills covering huge swaths of the federal budget. New names on the roster include Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) on Defense, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Veterans Affairs and Military Construction and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) on Financial Services and General Government, including responsibilities for federal pay and procurement hubs at the Office of Management and Budget and GSA.

Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 1:05 AM


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