Defense

Pentagon: $9B cloud contract gives U.S. a ‘leg up’ on China, adversaries

Defense officials explained the importance the department is placing on the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract.

Acquisition

Are best-in-class contracts on the downswing?

The question was one of the main focuses among acquisition experts at the Professional Services Council federal market forecast conference.

Acquisition

Trade groups push for passage of software licensing transparency bill

A set of spending hawks and tech trade groups are urging congressional action on the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act to help improve visibility into the federal government's software spend. 

Congress

Senate passed bill to 'stop the government speak' in agency documents

The proposal would expand and update an existing law on plain language requirements for agencies.

Congress

Gillibrand subs military-services style cyber academy idea for DOD scholarship program in NDAA

The new plan proposed by the New York senator would offer cyber scholarships to students at colleges and universities, followed by DOD service.  

Acquisition

Defense policy bill features FedRAMP Authorization Act

Cybersecurity experts tell FCW that ‘authorizing FedRAMP is the first step to fully and robustly resourcing the program’ after it was established in 2011

Digital Government

DHS to issue identity tech “challenge” for industry

The testing effort for identity validation tools, led by the Department of Homeland Security with other agencies, is meant to push for the development of better tech and to set a performance baseline for its operation.

IT Modernization

Technology at the core of State Department’s strategy to counter Russia, China

From countering Russian disinformation on social media to working with allies to set global technology standards, Ambassador Dereck Hogan said Tuesday that IT modernization at the State Department is a critical piece of U.S. diplomacy in the 21st century.

Digital Government

For federal CX to work, Congress, the White House and agencies need 'fundamental' change, report says

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Accenture Federal Services outlines the systemic barriers to customer experience, and the collaboration between Congress and the executive branch needed to address them.

People

Ann Lewis to head GSA's Technology Transformation Services

Lewis, who recently served in a senior tech role at the Small Business Administration, has spent her career focused on supporting small businesses while serving in top technology positions across the public and private sectors.

IT Modernization

State Department unveils $10B enterprise IT services solicitation

The contract known as "Evolve" seeks technology modernization services in support of diplomatic goals.

IT Modernization

VA tapped COVID funds to bolster IT and digital services

The VA used supplemental COVID funding from three different bills to support expanded telehealth services and remote operations during the worst of the pandemic.

Workforce

Here’s what still needs to happen for feds to get their 2023 pay raise

Although there’s only a month left in the year, there are still a number of things that must be done to finalize an average 4.6% pay hike for civilian federal workers in January.

Defense

Expect AR/VR on the battlefield, Air Force CIO says

Augmented- and virtual-reality gear will become more than just a training tool, Knausenberger says.

Defense

DOD creates office to enhance investments in tech vital to national security

The Pentagon’s Office of Strategic Capital will work with private capital providers to “shape and scale investment in critical technologies.”

Cybersecurity

Cyber Safety Review Board to focus its next report on the Lapsus$ extortion group

The Cyber Safety Review Board has announced its plans to focus a sweeping cybersecurity report on a series of recent attacks linked to the global ransomware group Lapsus$.

Defense

Microsoft, defense firms partnering on modeling and simulation capabilities

Microsoft is collaborating with defense sector companies as DOD seeks to increase its gaming, exercising, modeling and simulation capabilities.

Cybersecurity

Majority of defense contractors fail to implement critical cybersecurity requirements, report says

A new report reveals that many contractors working for the Department of Defense have failed to implement required cybersecurity measures.

Digital Government

White House says an anticipated executive order on identity theft is coming, here’s what experts want in it

Although stakeholders have big wish lists for the anticipated proposal, few details are known about what the White House expects to include.

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