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GAO Denies Alliant 2 Protests, Evaluations to Come

January 13, 2017 The Government Accountability Office has dismissed the pre-award bid protests of several companies that took issue with solicitation language in Alliant 2, the $50 billion IT contracting vehicle the General Services Administration put out to bid in June 2016. The protesting companies—Buchanan & Edwards, Inc., Enterprise Information Services, Inc., InfoReliance...

Outgoing DOD CIO Defends Pentagon's IT Modernization Efforts

January 12, 2017 Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen announced his retirement Wednesday, two and a half years after taking the reins as the Pentagon’s top tech official. Halvorsen’s last day will be Feb. 28, and though a decision has not yet been made on who will serve as acting CIO following...

Transportation Secretary Nominee Wants Agency to ‘Keep Pace’ with Innovation

January 11, 2017 Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Transportation Department, wants to bring the agency back to speed in technology and innovation. Testifying Wednesday during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Chao said the department’s failure to keep up with evolving technologies has kept...

Tech Trade Group to New Congress: Let’s Collaborate

January 11, 2017 A trade group representing some of the largest IT companies is calling for a collaborative approach among the new Congress, the Trump administration and the tech industry. In a blog post explaining the tech industry’s legislation priorities for the 115th Congress, the Information Technology Industry Council outlined four priority areas...

Virginia Lawmaker Wants Answers on Whether D.C.'s Metro System Is Ready for a Cyberattack

January 10, 2017 It would be an exercise in futility to list the headaches experienced by riders of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in recent years. Following the death of a 61-year-old woman in a smoke-filled Metro tunnel in January 2015, SafeTrack—a year-long series of planned repair jobs to WMATA’s 117 miles...

Is DC's Subway Ready for a Cyberattack?

January 10, 2017 It would be an exercise in futility to list the headaches experienced by riders of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in recent years. Following the death of a 61-year-old woman in a smoke-filled Metro tunnel in January 2015, SafeTrack—a year-long series of planned repair jobs to WMATA’s 117 miles...

Here's Why Defense IT Firms Should Brace for Merger Mania

January 9, 2017 Editor's note: This story has been revised to include Acquilent's revenue add. With forecasters expecting an extremely competitive federal IT market in 2017, the environment will be rife for mergers and acquisitions as large contractors and systems integrators look to diversify their offerings. That’s particularly true among defense contractors, said...

White House Leaves Trump a Tech To-Do List

January 5, 2017 With just a few weeks to the presidential inauguration, the White House offered recommendations for the Trump administration to keep the U.S. edge in science, technology and innovation. The Office of Science and Technology Policy’s cabinet exit memo, written by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and OSTP Director John...

Expect Tough Fight for a Piece of the Growing $6B Health IT Market

January 4, 2017 Federal government health information technology spending is set to increase $400 million over the next five years, but fiscal year 2017 is shaping up to be extremely competitive. According to Deltek research, the federal government is likely to spend some $6.4 billion on health IT across all agencies in fiscal...

GSA Wants Disruptive Tech for Shared Services

January 4, 2017 The General Services Administration wants industry to show it how software-as-a-service deployments could disrupt the way the federal government handles administration functions. In a request for information released Tuesday, GSA’s newly created Unified Shared Services Management office seeks a better understanding of industry capabilities across administrative services referenced in the...

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