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  • Acquisition
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    Eliminating acquisition friction

    The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is focused on eliminating barriers to faster procurement, said its leader. 10/08/2020

  • Intelligence
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    Workforce changes needed to make IC more agile, report says

    A new congressional report wants the intelligence community to reform its personnel practices as well as take a few cues from the Defense Department to speed innovation. 10/07/2020

  • Acquisition
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    NASA's SEWP sees 40% spending increase in 2020

    NASA's governmentwide acquisition contract sees substantial increase in orders for fiscal 2020; COVID impact is unclear. 10/07/2020

  • Acquisition
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    Lawsuit upends $4B DHS software buy

    A push to buy a modernized DHS financial management system is being held up by another court battle, one that threatens to again upend a project that already suffers from a long history of failure. 10/06/2020

  • Defense
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    Space Force and cyber

    Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center under the U.S. Space Force, said cybersecurity was increasingly integral to space missions and changes had to be made to infrastructure contracts. 10/05/2020

  • Acquisition
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    New small biz GWAC dubbed Polaris

    A draft request for proposals for a new small business contract vehicle is expected from the General Services Administration in the coming months. 10/05/2020

  • Oversight
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    Army needs to analyze OTA use, watchdog report finds

    A GAO report found that the Army needs to do a thorough analysis of its use of rapid acquisition agreements to make contracting practices more uniform. 10/02/2020

  • Citizen Services
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    USAGov hones data, services

    GSA's COVID-19 data aggregation operation sharpens information and services as pandemic continues. 10/02/2020

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    Here we go again: 'diversity training' and government contractors

    Steve Kelman takes issue with using the government's purchasing power to push unrelated political goals. 10/02/2020

  • Health IT
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    VA on the fence about homegrown patient portal

    The My HealtheVet tool used by more than 3 million veterans to access care at the Department of Veterans Affairs could be retired in favor of a tool from vendor Cerner as part of the agency's $16 billion electronic health record software upgrade. 10/01/2020

  • Acquisition
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    DHS poised for major EIS commitment

    The Department of Homeland Security is getting ready to implement a big part of its plans for the federal government's $50 billion next-generation telecommunications contract. 09/30/2020

  • Workforce
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    Trump's diversity training purge becomes a debate topic

    At the first presidential debate, Donald Trump said that he had ordered trainings on race and gender sensitivity training canceled because the curriculum is "racist". His opponent countered saying, "he's the racist." 09/30/2020

  • Citizen Services
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    SBA taps cloud for loan forgiveness platform

    The Small Business Administration is using a commercial off the shelf software as a services platform to process applications for its loan forgiveness relief program. 09/29/2020

  • Cybersecurity
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    DOD releases interim cybersecurity rule

    The rule is designed to ensure DOD contractors are adhering to a uniform standard for protecting controlled unclassified information is protected. But while trade groups representing government and defense contractors have lauded the framework but criticized the implementation and rulemaking process. 09/29/2020

  • Comment
    Information sharing

    How to shift CMMC for the future

    While the goal of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is to establish a unified standard for cybersecurity practices across the DOD, it does not directly address specific control expectations or risks associated with organization-specific threat actors. 09/28/2020

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  • Comment
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    A post-COVID IT roadmap

    It's time to start talking about the next steps we need to take to ensure that our IT infrastructure and tools can continue to support the remote workers, while providing state-of-the-art, timely customer service 10/25/2020

  • Comment
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    How a telework bill can boost security, modernization

    The bipartisan Pandemic Federal Telework Act would make technology and security an integral part of telework planning and data reporting. 10/16/2020

  • Comment
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    A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government

    COVID-19 has shown the importance of the extensibility and scalability of the cloud and has been a forcing factor, expediting modernization initiatives – including security modernization. 10/05/2020