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FCW Insider: Aug. 22

Think of the September deadline for agencies to award contracts under the General Services Administration's $50-billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions telecommunications contract as a "yellow light," said GSA's telecom services director at an industry event. Mark Rockwell has more on why GSA is softening its line on a looming due date.

GSA is thinking about taking the rebuilt IT equipment special item number off Schedule 70 as part of a larger overhaul. The government appears willing to give up low cost "gray market" refurbished IT to eliminate one source of supply chain concerns. Mark explains.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is sticking with Palantir's Gotham as its case management tool, and granted Palantir a three-year sole source extension to operate and service the system. Adam Mazmanian reports.

Quick Hits

*** Cybersecurity and analytics firm Splunk announced the acquisition of cloud monitoring software company SignalFx in a $1.05 billion deal in cash and stock. Splunk tools are widely used across government, in particular an application that extends the state-of-the-art dashboard style data and network monitoring to mainframe computing systems. The SignalFx acquisition is expected to support data monitoring in cloud-based container environments.

*** The National Security Agency is "probably late" in adopting the CIA's C2S cloud, but NSA Deputy CIO Mark Hakun said Aug. 20 at an intelligence community event that his agency is "looking at what we can do in that environment." NSA has been moving into the cloud via its own IC GovCloud, a custom system that combines commercial hardware with software developed inside the agency.

Posted on Aug 22, 2019 at 2:03 AM


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