FCW Insider

Blog archive

Quick Hits

*** President Joe Biden isn't giving up on the imperiled nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Key swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) announced last week that he would vote against Tanden's nomination if it reached the Senate floor. Tanden will need at least one Republican vote to win confirmation, assuming she holds on to the remaining 49 Democrats.

"We're going to push. We still think there's a shot, a good shot," Biden said Tuesday in response to a shouted question from a reporter.

*** Venkatapathi "PV" Puvvada, who was president of Unisys Federal when it merged with SAIC, has joined NetImpact Strategies Inc. as CEO. Company founder Kavita Kalatur will remain with the company as chairman. Puvvada is a four-time Federal 100 award winner and has been active as a leader in industry groups including the Professional Services Council and ACT-IAC. Puvvada spoke to Washington Technology about his new role.

*** The General Services Administration announced that it awarded spots on its $5.5 billion tech-focused blanket purchase agreement 2GIT – short for Second Generation IT. This is GSA's latest try at 2GIT awards. The contract, which was designed as a replacement for the Air Force's NetCents vehicle, was awarded in November 2019, but those awards were pulled back and new bids were allowed after a spate of protests. The 2GIT BPA is supposed to be mandatory for USAF tech buys, but federal agencies and state, local and tribal governments are able to buy through the vehicle.

*** The Federal Thrift Investment Board posted infosec improvements, according to the results of a FISMA audit for Fiscal Year 2020 at a Feb. 23 board meeting. All of the eight audited domains, which include categories like data protection and privacy and risk management, saw improvements since last year. Seven of them were rated at a maturity level of four out of a possible five, signaling that they are "managed and measurable."

"This is a great accomplishment," said Edwen Delcid, a senior manager at Williams Adley, the consulting firm that did the audit. He stressed, however, that the agency would need to continue to evaluate as "the risks to the agency and the agency itself evolve over time."

Posted on Feb 24, 2021 at 2:33 AM


  • Defense
    Soldiers from the Old Guard test the second iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) capability set during an exercise at Fort Belvoir, VA in Fall 2019. Photo by Courtney Bacon

    IVAS and the future of defense acquisition

    The Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System has been in the works for years, but the potentially multibillion deal could mark a paradigm shift in how the Defense Department buys and leverages technology.

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

Stay Connected