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  • Defense
    china technology

    Understanding the DOD's ban on some China-made telecom gear

    FCW spoke with Alejandro Sarria and Jason Workmaster, two attorneys specializing in federal contracting to get some clarity on the fast approaching government ban on contracting with companies that use certain telecom equipment and services. 07/31/2020

  • Defense
    DOD cloud

    DOD 'on schedule' for August JEDI announcement

    The Defense Department's CIO Dana Deasy said a re-announcement of the embattled cloud contract should come by the end of August. 07/30/2020

  • Cybersecurity
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    Hackers target teleworking feds

    A senior General Services Administration acquisition official says emerging technology can help protect infrastructure and individual users defend against attacks. 07/30/2020

  • Acquisition
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    GSA rolls out IT acquisition learning portal

    The GSA's new IT acquisition portal offers a range of training on how to use and buy new technologies. 07/30/2020

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    IT modernization for the COVID era

    Crises are clarifying events, and the pandemic is making clear the limits of IT systems built for a different era. 07/30/2020

  • Congress
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    Senate Dems join push for $1B TMF boost

    A group of Democratic senators are asking top appropriators to include a sixfold increase to an IT modernization revolving fund in the next round of pandemic relief and stimulus legislation. 07/29/2020

  • Acquisition
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    DHS seeks permanent flexible acquisition authorities

    Temporary acquisition authorities that aid the Department of Homeland Security in getting innovative commercial technologies and goods in response to the COVID-19 crisis should be lasting tools in the department's acquisition toolbox, the agency's top acquisition official told a Senate panel. 07/29/2020

  • Acquisition

    CBP lands TMF award to modernize legacy system

    Customs and Border Protection won a $15M award to update a COBOL-based fee collection system and move it to the cloud. 07/28/2020

  • Acquisition
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    Pentagon issues contract guidance on China tech ban

    The Defense Department outlines how it will implement the upcoming government ban on doing business with companies that use certain Chinese telecommunications equipment. 07/27/2020

  • IT Modernization
    tech budget

    Oversight Dems push for $1B boost to TMF

    The lawmakers want the next COVID-19 relief package to include a boost for the central Technology Modernization Fund to support the upgrade of legacy systems. 07/24/2020

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    Sustainment issues plague F-35’s logistics IT backbone

    Questions remain about the replacement for the F-35’s logistics infrastructure, Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, which has been riddled with errant alerts and corrupted data transfer. 07/23/2020

  • Cybersecurity
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    SBA defends data exposure response

    The notification of companies whose data had been exposed by the Small Business Administration's effort to set up advanced electronic emergency loan portals was slowed by a contracting issue, the agency's deputy CIO told Congress. 07/23/2020

  • Acquisition
    china technology

    As Huawei ban looms, waivers are an option

    Waivers for a looming federal rule prohibiting agencies from signing new contracts with companies that use a list of Chinese-made communications gear are only a temporary fix, says one expert. 07/22/2020

  • Acquisition
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    OMB says fourth quarter spending spree can help boost economy

    The director of the Office of Management and Budget reminded agencies to keep category management, acquisition flexibilities and quick vendor payments in mind during the upcoming busy fourth quarter federal buying season. 07/21/2020

  • Workforce
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    Trump to nominate new OPM head

    The candidate to serve as the nation's top human resources official has a background in computer science and software development, and a controversial record as a conservative commentator. 07/20/2020

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  • Comment
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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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    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

  • Comment
    risk management

    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