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***The Defense Department’s CIO, Dana Deasy, said one of the biggest lessons learned on the JEDI procurement was that “the narrative got away from us.”

“When we articulated early on that message of 10 years, $10 billion, what people did not hear in that message unfortunately was it could be up to 10 years and up to $10 billion, but we’re actually awarding a two-year contract at $1 million,” Deasy said during the virtual Forbes CIO Summit Aug. 5.

“The narrative got away from us. And then once you get a narrative that gets away from you, trying to recover is really, really difficult.”

Deasy also asserted that there was no political influence during the procurement process or source selection between Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, which won the contract last year. The CIO said the department is on schedule to re-announce the contract award in August, concluding a series of lawsuits, protests, and investigations into the process.

*** The Government Accountability Office got its semi-annual FITARA report card wrong. The U.S. Agency for International Development earned yet another A grade – not a B as was initially reported by the watchdog agency. The miscalculation had to do with the agency's FISMA score.

"USAID is proud of our leadership and innovation in the IT field. We are committed to increasing our mobility and efficiency so we can deliver on our global mission on behalf of the American people through improved management effectiveness," the agency said in a statement.

Posted on Aug 06, 2020 at 2:12 AM


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