IT Modernization

5G advocates look to spectrum sharing

Federal agencies see increasing opportunity and value in sharing their spectrum, rather than holding on to it.

Acquisition

GWACs anticipate bump in year end spending over FY2018

One big contract manager said the raised micropurchase limit will likely contribute to a rise in the dollar amount of year-end spending by agencies as fiscal year 2019 draws to a close.

Acquisition

Why GSA buys tech from NASA SEWP

The General Services Administration is the government's hub acquisition, so the agency's IG is wondering why it's buying tech from NASA's big IT contract.

IT Modernization

Panel Dems say spectrum process is 'broken'

A squabble over protecting incumbent federal users in the recently auctioned 24 GHz spectrum points to breakdown in collaborative process, Democrats on the House spectrum panel say.

Acquisition

FAR tweaked in time for fall buying

A small change in the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s language that makes GWAC purchases a little smoother could help out as fall buying season nears.

Acquisition

EIS vendors don't see rush to modernize

The government wants agencies to use the $50 billion, 10- year Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions telecom contract to support IT modernization but in the early stages most customers want to make sure the phones stay on.

Acquisition

EIS contract announcements brewing

At least three big federal agencies are set to announce contracts under GSA's next-generation telecommunications contract.

Acquisition

SEWP's off: Power failure briefly shutters NASA's tech contract

A power failure at the main building housing NASA's Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract vehicle has knocked out service for up to two days.

Acquisition

What's next for procurement after the shutdown?

Acquisition agencies are prepared for, but not necessarily expecting, a surge in post-shutdown buying.

Cybersecurity

Dot-gov site security erodes during shutdown

An internet security company identified expired security certificates on .gov websites.

Acquisition

SEWP still selling through the shutdown

NASA is operating without a congressional appropriation but its key governmentwide acquisition vehicle is navigating the shutdown so far.

IT Modernization

NASA extends incumbent on troubled ACES contract

It looks like NASA is going to go the full 10 years on its agencywide $2.5 billion IT services contract ACES, despite early hiccups.

'Alexa, how is NASA using chatbots?'

NASA is testing these devices to see how well they work with automating internal processes like scheduling a meeting or looking up contract information.

Workforce

What federal job automation looks like

As the Trump administration aims to drive efficiency and accuracy and eliminate "low-value work," agencies are starting to think about what aspects of their operations lend themselves to automation.

Workforce

GAO: Data-driven management is stuck in neutral

The Government Accountability Office says agencies haven't really improved on data-driven decision-making since 2013.

Digital Government

Agencies want standard survey for acquisition feedback

Three agencies have begun the process of creating a universal feedback form for the Acquisition 360 effort that would allow public reviews of federal acquisitions.

Acquisition

SEWP preps for year-end surge

The NASA-managed governmentwide IT contract is adding personnel for the year-end agency spending jag.

Acquisition

New federal contracting rule cuts off Kaspersky

The government is seeking to eliminate all traces of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs from federal systems, issuing a new interim rule to extend the governmentwide ban to contractors.

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