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  • Acquisition
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    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 10/18/2021

  • Digital Government
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    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. 10/15/2021

  • Workforce
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    How GSA is implementing the contractor vaccination mandate

    The agency's Federal Acquisition Service and Public Building Service are using automated tools to send out contract modifications "by the thousands," to add the vaccination mandate said one agency official. FAS started issuing mass modifications on Oct. 8. They're issuing about 3,000 modifications per day. 10/14/2021

  • Acquisition
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    Is category management hurting small businesses?

    Small business owners testified on Capitol Hill about getting squeezed by category management and contract bundling initiatives. 10/13/2021

  • Defense
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    DOD could get new software, sustainment tech oversight positions

    Heidi Shyu , undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, wants to add new oversight roles for software and sustainment efforts. 10/12/2021

  • Management
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    IT, supply chain figure in agency climate plans

    Federal agencies release climate adaptation and resilience plans, many of which feature new initiatives to combat current and future risks to critical infrastructure and information technology. 10/08/2021

  • Defense
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    IT spend expected to trend up, acting DOD CIO says

    Rising IT and cyber budgets may lay ahead as the Defense Department moves forward with implementing zero trust architecture and begins relying more on artificial intelligence. 10/07/2021

  • IT Modernization
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    Survey: Federal IT workers say agencies are lagging with digital transformations

    In a survey, 88% of federal employees working full-time in technology or IT-focused roles say agencies have fallen behind on modernization plans, citing cultural resistance to change and the inability of contractors to quickly implement new initiatives. 10/07/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    DHS adds cyber requirements for transportation industry

    The Transportation Security Agency and the Coast Guard are getting increased authority over industry cybersecurity. 10/06/2021

  • Defense
    (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kip Sumner) F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs the "dedication pass" maneuver during an aerial performance at the 2021 Arctic Lightning Air Show, Aug. 1, 2021, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

    Nominee to lead USAF acquisition names software, IT as top priorities

    Improving how the service acquires software and IT systems, while making DevSecOps the norm ranks among the top priorities for Andrew Hunter, the White House nominee to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics. 10/05/2021

  • IT Modernization
    federal CIO Clare Martorana testifies before the Senate on Sept. 28, 2021

    TMF awards still come with payback plans

    Federal CIO Clare Martorana said that while payback flexibility is now part of the Technology Management Fund playbook, agencies are projecting savings in their modernization plans. 10/05/2021

  • Acquisition
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    Peraton wins $2.7B DHS cloud and data center award

    After a few speed bumps and a bridge contract, the Department of Homeland Security awarded its Data Center and Cloud Optimization contract. 10/04/2021

  • Defense
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    DISA reorganizes cloud office

    The Defense Information Systems Agency has reorganized its cloud offices, combining the Cloud Computing Program Office with DISA's hosting services directorate and ecosystem. 10/04/2021

  • Comment
    threat detection

    Cyber EO compliance is a full-time job

    Unified security controls, supply chain security, zero trust and smart procurement decisions are all pieces of the puzzle. 09/30/2021

  • IT Modernization
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    7 new TMF awards include one classified project

    The awards focus on zero trust and include a major investment in the Login.gov federal digital identity solution. 09/30/2021

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Opinion that Matters

  • Comment
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    The CISO reporting structure is broken

    The commitment to managing cyber risk is a primary concern, but is often consolidated with IT priorities. This creates a conflict – does IT or security come out on top? 10/14/2021

  • Comment
    threat detection

    Cyber EO compliance is a full-time job

    Unified security controls, supply chain security, zero trust and smart procurement decisions are all pieces of the puzzle. 09/30/2021

  • Comment
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    Leveraging OSCAL for FedRAMP authorizations

    An automated FedRAMP review process will speed up authorizations, drive continuous improvement and put cloud service providers in the driver's seat. 09/07/2021