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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...

Can Industry Cloud Providers Compete With the milCloud?

February 17, 2015 The Defense Department’s updated cloud computing strategy indicates a clear acceleration of interest in adopting commercial cloud computing capabilities within the Pentagon. But how does milCloud, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s internal cloud-based offering, fit into the Pentagon’s cloud computing strategy? In January, DOD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen...

Is There Really a Level Playing Field Between MilCloud and Commercial Cloud Providers?

February 17, 2015 The Defense Department’s updated cloud computing strategy indicates a clear acceleration of interest in adopting commercial cloud computing capabilities within the Pentagon. But how does milCloud, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s internal cloud-based offering, fit into the Pentagon’s cloud computing strategy? In January, DOD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen...

How Tiny Pieces of Space Junk Could Wreak Havoc on US Weather Forecasts

February 12, 2015 Remember the scene from the movie “Gravity,” where space debris destroys a satellite, kills a few astronauts and ultimately forces viewers to sit through 90 minutes of Sandra Bullock’s acting? While the premise of the scene is completely unrealistic -- NASA and the Defense Department use radars and electro-optical sensors...

GAO Saved the Government $40 billion in 2 Years. Why Isn’t Anyone Listening?

February 11, 2015 The Government Accountability Office released its 2015 High-Risk List this morning before a series of officials, including U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The biennial report is GAO’s most-valued effort – a detailed description of the most troubled large-scale programs and...