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FCW Insider: October 19, 2021

The growing importance of GWACs

One of the government's most popular methods for buying emerging technologies and critical IT services faces significant challenges in an ever-changing marketplace.

General Dynamics challenges rival's $2.7B cloud migration win

An incumbent on a key Homeland Security data center contract says it should have been the one to manage the migration to a hybrid environment.

ICYMI: GSA looks to scale Login.gov with TMF award

The General Service Administration plans to scale up the Login.gov program to make digital identity verification a more equitable and secure practice after it was awarded nearly $187 million through the Technology Modernization Fund.

Quick Hits

*** An Oct. 18 letter from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed a "high degree of confidence" that the United States will be able to pay its debts through December 3, 2021, thanks to a temporary extension of the debt limit. However, Yellen noted that the tight financial situation means that Treasury will have to suspend some investments of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund until Congress passes a new debt limit extension. "Federal retirees and employees will be unaffected by these actions," Yellin wrote.

*** The Social Security Administration double-counted $100,000 of data center consolidation savings in its reports to the federal IT dashboard, according to an audit report from the agency's Office of Inspector General. The error only represented a tiny portion of the $541 million in cost savings reported by SSA. The report examined the accuracy of the agency's representations to the IT dashboard and found it to be "reliable".

Posted by FCW Staff on Oct 19, 2021 at 2:21 AM


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