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Nextgov Event: Enjoy a Cocktail and Talk Emerging Tech

June 27, 2016 Emerging technology, agriculture, the intelligence community -- and cocktails. Nextgov’s fifth Tech & Tequila meetup takes place tomorrow at Impact Hub DC, and if you’re a fan of any of the above topics, you might want to sign up. Nextgov will host its latest meetup on emerging technology, and tomorrow's...

The Decade’s Biggest IT Contract Is Out for Bid

June 27, 2016 The Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 Small Business contracts collectively represent the largest IT opportunity of the decade, and both went out to bid June 24. The final requests for proposal were released by the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, with deadlines for submissions set for Aug. 29. Alliant...

Nextgov Event: FITARA and the Role of the CIO

June 27, 2016 The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is the most important legislation in years to directly affect the federal IT community, and it’s being treated as such by agencies as they’ve shored up incremental development, risk assessments, IT portfolios and data center consolidation metrics over the past 18 months. Congress...

Do Federal Bosses Speak Data? They Should.

June 24, 2016 The volume of the world’s data is growing exponentially, and if federal leaders aren’t smart about data, the next few years probably aren’t going to be very fun for your agency. This point was made Thursday by General Services Administration Deputy Administrator Adam Neufeld, who explained GSA’s early efforts in...

Better Data Just Saved Taxpayers $900 Million in Medicare Fraud

June 23, 2016 This week, the Justice Department announced the largest fraud takedown in Medicare’s history, resulting in criminal and civil charges for 301 individuals accused of participating in health care fraud schemes totaling $900 million. It was a major effort that included personnel from the FBI and various Health and Human Services...

After Testing, 3 Companies Cleared to Store Sensitive Data in the Cloud

June 23, 2016 Three cloud service providers have achieved the first authority to operate at FedRAMP’s high-impact baseline and are now available to host some of the government’s most sensitive unclassified workloads. After an 18-month process, Amazon Web Services GovCloud infrastructure-as-a-service, CSRA’s ARP-C IaaS and Microsoft Azure Government’s IaaS and Platform-as-a-Service offering can...

In NASA’s Contracting Office, Skip the Buzzwords, Please

June 22, 2016 NASA might be one of the most buzzworthy agencies but don't expect any love from the procurement office if you come in throwing around buzzwords. NASA prefers to focus on the requirements its mission owners need to fulfill their endeavors – like launching humans into space – and less on...

Will Amazon’s IC Marketplace Disrupt IT Acquisition?

June 20, 2016 Launched in April and first reported by Nextgov last year, Amazon Web Services’ Marketplace for the U.S. intelligence community aims to change the status quo for how the 17 intelligence agencies buy technology. The IC Marketplace is essentially a classified version of AWS’ public marketplace that allows customers to peruse...

Nextgov Event: The State of Federal IT Contracting

June 17, 2016 This year is a big one for IT contracting. The top dozen or so IT contracts bid out by the federal government could be worth a combined $10 billion per year over the next decade, and the single largest contract – Alliant 2 – is expected out to bid June...

Nextgov Event: Data, Analytics and a World of Possibilities

June 16, 2016 In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the world’s mobile devices, internet-connected sensors and computers will produce about 500,000 gigabytes of data – 50 times the volume of data stored within the Library of Congress. Compare that to the global internet traffic in 1992, which totaled 100...