Quick Hits

*** Bill Marion, former deputy CIO at the U.S. Air Force, is joining Accenture Federal Services as managing director of growth and strategy for the defense and intelligence practice, where he will focus on IT innovation initiatives. Read more in Washington Technology.

*** The General Services Administration awarded its Contract Acquisition Life-cycle Management system pilot phase contract to Sevatec. The $7.5 million contract will set an initial 100-day pilot, with additional add-ons if it is successful. The system is intended to help the agency modernize the internal acquisition processes in its Federal Acquisition Service, providing a streamlined acquisition tool for vendors to submit offers and manage their already-awarded GSA contracts, as well as advance the agency's Federal Marketplace Strategy, according to a June 10 agency statement

*** A recent update to the federal CIO Council's Future of the Federal IT Workforce Update report noted an uptick in telework eligibility – the report was completed before the COVID-19 emergency pushed many government offices into mandatory telework – and suggests that ramping up telework and collaboration tools would help attract and maintain a more innovative workforce. The report also recommends that agency leaders make changes such as standardizing a special governmentwide IT pay system to replace the general schedule salary structure, create "interdisciplinary procurement teams," overhaul how IT personnel are recruited and retained and improve the performance review process.