FCW Insider: Feb. 2

The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors.

Does Einstein need a post-SolarWinds makeover?

A marquee program designed to protect the government against cybersecurity threats is facing new scrutiny in the wake of Solar Winds Orion breach, but analysts say the program was unlikely to have ever stopped the hacking campaign.

Pentagon awards OTA for online AI marketplace

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center awarded an other transaction agreement to build and manage an online environment for rapid procurement of AI capabilities.

New bill looks close retirement loophole for injured federal first responders

Sponsors say the legislation is needed to allow federal first responders to access their retirement benefits if they are injured on the job.

Quick Hits

*** Amazon Web Services cloud hosting is now available through the Defense Department's milCloud 2.0 contract, Washington Technology reports.

*** When the National Defense Authorization Act required the IRS procurement office to insert telecommunications security language into all its contracts, staff used a bot to accomplish in three days what would have taken a year. Read more in GCN.

*** Join federal CIOS and industry leaders for the FCW Pillars of Modernization Workshop on Weds. Feb. 10 at 8:30 AM. IT modernization has been a federal priority for years, but many agencies still struggle to turn that goal into a practical plan of action. Securing multi-year funding is one challenge, but the fundamental obstacle is often the sheer complexity of transforming government-scale systems. This virtual FCW Workshop will feature government and industry experts sharing the lessons they've learned and the results they've been able to drive at key federal agencies.