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Delayed NOAA Supercomputing Contract to be Bid Out in October

August 21, 2017 Like a ’90s-era desktop, the acquisition for high-performance computing services for one of the government’s foremost scientific agencies continues to lag. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—responsible for all U.S. weather forecasts—responded to industry questions regarding a $550 million contract that already slipped behind schedule in June. NOAA’s...

FCC CIO Won’t Head to NGA After All

August 17, 2017 The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency may have to find a new chief ventures officer. In June, Federal Communications Commission Chief Information Officer David Bray announced he would fill NGA’s role but changed his mind in recent weeks, according to an email Bray sent to FCC staff Thursday, obtained by Nextgov. “I’ve...

Why the American Technology Council Stands As Others Disband

August 17, 2017 One day after President Donald Trump disbanded two of his major business advisory councils, the American Technology Council will not disband and will move forward, a White House official told Nextgov. While corporate leaders made up the now-defunct Strategy and Policy Forum and Manufacturing Council,19 government officials make up the...

NGA Wants Bleeding-Edge Tech and Talent—And It Will Open Up to Get Them

August 15, 2017 “We need an edge.” That’s the message from Anthony Vinci, a former tech entrepreneur turned executive at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency—the agency central to gathering and disseminating geospatial data relevant to combat support, disaster response and national security issues. But NGA faces hurdles similar to federal agencies across government in...

Replacing Legacy IT Systems

August 15, 2017 The Department of Veterans Affairs mission statement—“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan”—harkens back to days of President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address in 1864. So too do some of the mission-critical information technology systems, applications and software the VA...

Bye-Bye, Networx: GSA Awards $50B Next-gen Telecom Contract

August 1, 2017 The General Services Administration has awarded 10 companies—a mix of telecommunications companies and systems integrators—spots on its $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract. The companies are Verizon, AT&T, Level 3 Communications, CenturyLink, Core Technologies, Granite Telecommunications, Harris Corp., MetTel, BT Federal and MicroTech. The awards were posted to FedBizOpps today,...

This Agency Can Help Fast Track Your Tech Acquisitions

July 31, 2017 Several years ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began taking a more agile approach to technology. The agency hoped it would see more success by building systems in small, functional bites than by trying to build budget-busting projects that affect millions of people all at once. After early successes implementing...

IT Modernization Gets Nod, But No Money, In House Funding Bills

July 25, 2017 Government funding bills that are heading to the House floor this week don’t include money for a House-passed bill to upgrade government technology systems but “recognizes the importance” of those legislative efforts. It would be unusual for a House appropriations bill to include funding for a project that has not...

Time for Agencies to Rethink the Internet of Things, NIST Official Says

July 25, 2017 The phrase “internet of things” usually references the growing connectivity among sensors, smart devices and people, but a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standard and Technology believes that phrase is useless and doesn’t mean anything. “There is no universally accepted definition of IoT,” said Jeffrey Voas, speaking Tuesday...

Congress' Plan to Cut Improper Payments Will Require Investment, Lawmaker Says

July 21, 2017 House Republicans aim to save taxpayers a cumulative $700 billion over the next five years by reducing the amount federal agencies waste on improper payments, but agencies will have to invest in the resources and people, one lawmaker said. Congress’ attempt to tackle improper payments is more aggressive than President...