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Industry Weighs In on Pentagon’s Cloud Adoption Plan

November 21, 2017 Apparently spurred by a summer visit to tech hubs in Seattle and Palo Alto, the Defense Department’s top brass has the Pentagon pushing faster than ever for cloud computing services offered by the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM, CSRA and a cadre of other providers. The West Coast...

Amazon’s New ‘Secret Region’ Promises Easier Sharing of Classified Data

November 21, 2017 Amazon Web Services unveiled a cloud computing region for the CIA and other intelligence community agencies developed specifically to host secret classified data. The AWS Secret Region will allow the 17 intelligence agencies to host, analyze and run applications on government data classified at the secret level through the company’s...

Amazon Web Services Announces Secret Cloud Region For CIA

November 20, 2017 Amazon Web Services unveiled a cloud computing region for the CIA and other intelligence community agencies developed specifically to host secret classified data. The AWS Secret Region will allow the 17 intelligence agencies to host, analyze and run applications on government data classified at the secret level through the company’s...

Third Time's a Charm? NOAA Reschedules Next-Gen Weather Satellite Launch

November 17, 2017 After a series of project delays and two launch attempts scrubbed this week due to windy weather, the federal government’s newest hurricane forecasting weapon is set to launch this weekend. JPSS-1 is the first of three satellites developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the $10 billion Joint...

IT Modernization Bill Heads to President

November 16, 2017 What began as an attempt by one Texas congressman to provide federal agencies new means to modernize their old and outdated systems will head to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. The Senate Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act that contained a modified version of the Modernizing Government...

Bid Protests Decline in 2017

November 15, 2017 The number of bid protests filed by contractors declined in fiscal 2017 after increasing each year since fiscal 2013. Contractors filed 2,596 bid protests in fiscal 2017, down 7 percent from a record 2,789 protest cases filed last year, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO adjudicates the vast...

Sessions: Surveillance Reform Could Be 'Exceedingly Damaging' to National Security

November 14, 2017 House lawmakers’ latest attempt to update one of the federal government’s most controversial spying programs “could be exceedingly damaging” to national security, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday. Speaking before the House Judiciary Committee, Sessions said the bipartisan USA Liberty Act, which would update Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence...

Agency Scores Fall in Latest FITARA Scorecard

November 14, 2017 Agency scores dipped for the second consecutive time in Congress’ fifth FITARA scorecard, which measures agency progress adhering to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The scorecard, which will be revealed at a House Oversight and Government Reform IT subcommittee hearing Nov. 15, indicates six agency scores dropped, three...

Congress May Be Making the Pentagon Amazon's Next Big Customer

November 14, 2017 Buried within the 2,000-page National Defense Authorization Act is an amendment that could offload a significant chunk of the $53 billion the Defense Department spends annually on commercial products to an e-commerce platform. Dubbed the “Amazon amendment," the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act made it through conference negotiations that...

Congress May Be Making the Pentagon Amazon's Next Big Customer

November 13, 2017 Buried within the 2,000-page National Defense Authorization Act is an amendment that could offload a significant chunk of the $53 billion the Defense Department spends annually on commercial products to an e-commerce platform. Dubbed the “Amazon amendment," the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act made it through conference negotiations that...