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Don’t Bet Against the Baltimore-Washington Area in Amazon’s HQ2 Search

October 19, 2017 The deadline for cities and metropolitan regions to submit bids to host Amazon’s second headquarters—and 50,000 jobs paying an average of $100,000 that come with it—passed Thursday following an unprecedented competition among local and state governments to entice the behemoth business. Newark, N.J., offered $7 billion in tax credits; Pittsburgh...

Could the Senate’s Plan to Speed Up Bid Protests Backfire?

October 19, 2017 The Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act contains a provision that would force the Government Accountability Office to resolve Defense Department-related bid protests within 65 days instead of the current 100-day deadline. It’s one of two controversial provisions in the NDAA addressing the increasing number of bid protests across government that...

Microsoft Cloud Can Now Host Classified Pentagon Data

October 17, 2017 Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the Defense Department can host secret classified data in its cloud. The announcement means the Defense Department, the military services, intelligence agencies and their industry partners working within secret enclaves can host classified data in Microsoft’s Azure Government Secret cloud, where they’ll have access to...

GAO Denies Equifax Bid Protest on IRS Contract

October 16, 2017 The Government Accountability Office Monday denied a bid protest embattled consumer credit reporting company Equifax filed with the IRS in July after it lost a taxpayer identification and verification services contract to Experian Information Solutions. GAO’s decision allows the IRS to begin in earnest working with Experian on a one-year...

IRS Suspends $7 Million Equifax Contract

October 13, 2017 After attempting to explain why it awarded a $7 million sole-source contract to Equifax after the company experienced one of the largest data breaches in history, the IRS has opted to temporarily suspend the deal. The decision came late Thursday after hackers altered one of Equifax’s credit report websites, directing...

House Passes FITARA Enhancement Act

October 11, 2017 A bipartisan group of lawmakers’ plan to extend provisions under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is one step closer to reality. The FITARA Enhancement Act cleared the House Wednesday by a vote of 418 to 0, putting the legislation’s fate in the hands of the Senate. A 14-minute...

U.S. Government’s Hurricane-Hunting Satellite Scheduled to Launch Next Month

October 11, 2017 The federal government will soon have a new weapon in its hurricane forecasting arsenal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service, on Wednesday announced a Nov. 10 launch date for the first of its next-generation polar-orbiting satellites, Joint Polar Satellite System-1. JPSS-1 is the first...

Defense Contractors Could Face Pay-Back Clause for Losing Bid Protests

October 10, 2017 Congress could make it more difficult for companies to protest contract awards, particularly those made by defense and military agencies. Language within the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act would reform the way the Government Accountability Office addresses bid protests, which have increased with frequency in recent years. The NDAA language...

GAO to IRS: Actually, You Didn't Have to Give Equifax a Contract

October 6, 2017 The IRS did not have to award Equifax a $7 million sole-source contract in late September, weeks after the credit monitoring company revealed a massive data breach that exposed the records of 145 million Americans, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a statement to Nextgov, GAO spokesman Chuck Young...

IRS Explains Why It Gave Equifax a $7 Million Contract After Breach

October 4, 2017 Three weeks after Equifax experienced a massive data breach affecting 145 million Americans, the IRS awarded the credit monitoring company a $7 million sole-source contract to help prevent tax fraud, according to contracting documents. News of the contract dumbfounded members of Congress Wednesday, one day after recently resigned Equifax Chief...