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FCW Insider: April 16

There is broad bipartisan agreement on the House Homeland Security Committee that the Department of Homeland Security needs more money for cybersecurity.   Committee members are telling the House Appropriations Committee that President Donald Trump's DHS budget request will not be enough to "properly resource" the newly established Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and its mission. Derek Johnson has the details

The first deadline for bidding on the General Services Administration's CIO Modernization and Enterprise Transformation contract is coming up fast.   Mark Rockwell reports on the latest COMET developments. 

Steve Kelman looks back on the first three years of Coding it Forward, and is amazed at how quickly the fellowship program has become a fixture of federal IT. 

And Trey Kennedy is leaving his job as senior advisor to the Federal CIO Council.  Chase Gunter explains where Kennedy is headed, and who'll be stepping in to support the council. 

Quick Hits

The Defense Department’s controversial cloud contract has a new award timeline. According to court documents filed April 15, DOD will not make an award for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud program before July 19. This correlates to FCW’s previously reported timeline of mid-July at the earliest. Oral arguments for the case will held July 8 or later “at the Court’s convenience,” the document states.

The Army’s $82 billion “LOGCAP V” contract was awarded last week.  On Washington Technology, Ross Wilkers explains why this could reshape the defense services market’s landscape.

A petition to suspend President Trump's Twitter and Facebook accounts has garnered nearly 25,000 signatures.  The effort, sponsored by the national Women's March organization, says a video Trump shared that criticizes Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) amounts to "inciting violence and engaging in hate speech."  As of late on April 15, 24,525 people had signed the petition. 

The first cohort of students started in the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy on April 15.  The program will run through mid-July, and plans are already underway for a second class. 

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 at 3:35 AM


  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

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