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Industry’s Take on FITARA? ‘A Good Step Forward’

February 27, 2015 The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, approved by Congress in December, gives agency chief information officers unprecedented budgetary authority over IT investments. It’s a big deal because CIOs across government have had varying levels of authority to nix underperforming tech projects or to direct spending toward innovative technologies. While ...

CIA’s New Big Data Hub Will be Hosted in the Cloud

February 26, 2015 The CIA is preparing to take the next step in its quest to shake up the status quo of siloed agencies within the intelligence community. CIA Chief Information Officer Doug Wolfe confirmed Wednesday the intelligence agency will start using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub platform by April, a move he expects ...

CSC Acquires Cloud Infrastructure Provider Autonomic Resources

February 25, 2015 Computer Sciences Corporation has finalized the purchase of North Carolina-based cloud computing infrastructure provider Autonomic Resources. The Feb. 19 deal, for an undisclosed sum, signals CSC’s intent to target the growing public sector cloud market by acquiring a company with a service – Autonomic Resources Cloud Platform – that’s already ...

How Cloud Became Integral to Agency Strategy

February 25, 2015 From a financial perspective, the Obama administration’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget estimates that about 8.5 percent of the $86 billion federal IT budget – or $7.3 billion – will be spent on provisioned services like cloud computing. Those numbers are massive, considering the administration penned a broad cloud strategy four ...

The Pentagon Is One Step Closer To Awarding a New $11 Billion Health Records Deal

February 24, 2015 The Defense Department has narrowed down the contenders competing for its massive Healthcare Management System Modernization contract,potentially worth up to $11 billion over a decade. According to a Feb. 19 presolicitation notice, DOD’s procurement team has established a “competitive range” for the DHMSM contract, leaving only bids from three teams ...

Pentagon Narrows Down List of Contenders for Multibillion-Dollar Health Records Contract

February 23, 2015 This story was updated Feb. 25 to include a comment from Leidos. The Defense Department has narrowed down the contenders competing for its massive Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, potentially worth up to $11 billion over a decade. According to a Feb. 19 presolicitation notice, DOD’s procurement team has established ...

Multiple Companies Protest $1.6 Billion Pentagon Contract

February 23, 2015 Several companies have filed bid protests over the Defense Information Systems Agency’s recent $1.6 billion Defense Departmentwide licensing agreement with VMware. Since Feb. 19, Amazon Web Services, Citrix, Nutanix and Minburn Technology Group, a Microsoft reseller, have filed formal bid protests with the Government Accountability Office on the DISA joint ...

Multiple Companies Protest $1.6 Billion Pentagon Contract

February 23, 2015 Several companies have filed bid protests over the Defense Information Systems Agency’s recent $1.6 billion Defense Departmentwide licensing agreement with VMware. Since Feb. 19, Amazon Web Services, Citrix, Nutanix and Minburn Technology Group, a Microsoft reseller, have filed formal bid protests with the Government Accountability Office on the DISA joint ...

DOD Wants Physical Separation for Classified Data in the Cloud … For Now

February 20, 2015 The Defense Department’s evolving cloud strategy and recently updated security requirements govern how commercial cloud service providers can -- and in some cases, have already begun to -- host some the Pentagon’s most sensitive data. But the Pentagon isn’t ready yet for classified information to be stored off-premise in the ...

America Needs a New FOIA Overseer: Is it You?

February 19, 2015 The federal government needs a new Freedom of Information Act champion. Following the November retirement of Office of Government Information Services Director Miriam Nisbet, the office in charge of monitoring governmentwide FOIA compliance and policy is looking for a permanent replacement. The job was posted today, and it’s of critical ...