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    Culture and IT modernization

    Attempting to modernize without a comprehensive approach that accounts for an agency's culture, engages its workforce and addresses critical business practices can actually create new or additional challenges that limit effectiveness and negatively affect mission outcomes. 09/18/2020

  • Acquisition
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    IG: GSA system erred on small business designation

    Large businesses were misidentified as small businesses in General Services Administration's procurement data system, according to the agency's watchdog. 09/17/2020

  • Defense
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    Shakeup at CMMC board

    The independent board charged with implementing the Defense Department's unified cybersecurity standard has new leadership as it announces new milestone hit. 09/16/2020

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    Recent EIS activity goes on the books

    The Department of the Interior, the Council on Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and the Defense Information Systems Agency spent the summer awarding Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions task orders. 09/15/2020

  • Congress
    IoT fuels next-gen law enforcement

    House votes for new rules on federal IOT acquisition

    Legislation from congressional tech stalwarts would add security requirements for connected devices purchased by the federal government. 09/15/2020

  • Defense
    Air Force cyber warriors at Port San Antonio (Air Force)

    From weapons to workforce, digital centricity is the Air Force's new motto

    Air Force leadership highlights the need for digitally fluent personnel and digital manufacturing during the 2020 Air, Space, Cyber conference. 09/14/2020

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    Re-imagining the small-business mentor-protege model

    Steve Kelman looks at the efforts of a non-traditional contractor to bring new firms into the fold. 09/14/2020

  • Defense
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    'Huawei ban' means contract modifications

    The General Services Administration is seeing high rates of acceptance of contract modifications from contractors to comply with acquisition rules in the 2019 defense bill. 09/11/2020

  • Defense
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    Pentagon raises AI ambitions

    The Defense Department wants to make AI training available to all DOD components by 2021. 09/11/2020

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    DOD refreshes acquisition policies

    The Defense Department released a long-awaited update of policies governing its buying practices, with an eye to rapid technology acquisition. 09/09/2020

  • Defense
    DOD cloud

    DOD affirms JEDI award to Microsoft

    After a reevaluation of certain aspects of the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure solicitation, the Defense Department is sticking with its guns and giving the contract to Microsoft -- but that doesn't mean a long-running legal battle will just go away. 09/04/2020

  • Acquisition
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    FCC estimates $1.8 billion to replace Huawei, ZTE telecom parts

    The agency also released a list of 51 firms that would qualify for reimbursement, spanning from smaller telecoms to large vendors like Verizon and CenturyLink. 09/04/2020

  • Defense
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    DISA to deliver web-browsing protection to 1.5M users

    The Defense Information Systems Agency is moving into production for its $199 million cloud-based internet security tool, aiming to migrate 1.5 million users in the first year. 09/04/2020

  • Health IT
    Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization Executive Director John H. Windom, left, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Laura Kroupa, present at the Cerner Health Conference on Oct. 8, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. OEHRM is leading the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ transition from its existing electronic health record system to a new one that is interoperable with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast Guard.

    VA reboots health record rollout

    Leaders of the VA's $16 billion health record modernization plan look to jumpstart their implementation schedule. 09/03/2020

  • Acquisition
    DOD cloud

    Oracle loses JEDI appeal

    A panel of federal appellate judges affirmed a lower court decision denying a protest by Oracle in the Defense Department's $10 billion cloud procurement dubbed JEDI. 09/02/2020

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    Don't tap COVID relief for IT modernization funds

    Taxpayer money spent on the response to the pandemic should be targeted and temporary, with significant transparency and accountability, and should not include a proposed $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund. 09/23/2020

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    gears (adike/Shutterstock.com)

    Culture and IT modernization

    Attempting to modernize without a comprehensive approach that accounts for an agency's culture, engages its workforce and addresses critical business practices can actually create new or additional challenges that limit effectiveness and negatively affect mission outcomes. 09/18/2020

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    Delivering outcomes, building trust

    Few things will derail a project as fast as a lack of focus on mission outcomes and maintaining trust. 09/10/2020