Securing the Government Cloud

In this special report, Nextgov distills what you need to know about federal cloud security.

Labor Department Joins GSA’s AI Center of Excellence to Automate Procurement Tools

Labor becomes the sixth agency to join the Centers of Excellence program and the first of 2020.

New Bipartisan Bill Would Codify GSA’s Centers of Excellence Program

The “light touch” legislation was introduced by Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Federal Contracting Community Shreds FBO Replacement Site in Letter to GSA

“If this had the same notoriety as, people would have been fired.”

House Passes Bill to Codify—and Improve—GSA's Cloud Security Program

The FedRAMP Authorization Act includes $100 million in additional funding and a requirement to automate the process and force agencies to reuse ATOs.

Procurement Reporting Tool Is Moving to SAM But Isn’t Going Anywhere

GSA is moving the central reporting function of the Federal Procurement Data System to beta.SAM while Treasury works to improve the quality of data reported through the site.

GSA Is Hiring a Contractor Team to Work on

The single sign-on platform needs improved security, scalability and availability as the program pushes for broader use across government.

GSA Praised for Progress on Contracting Schedule Consolidation

Compared to a 2015 merger, “phase two [of the current process] far exceeds the expectations,” said one observer.

2020 IT Spending Outlook

The contracts and spending trends that will shape the next year of government contracting.

GSA Wants More Ideas To Stop Fake Commenters From Flooding Rulemaking Process

The General Services Administration took over management of the eRulemaking portal last year with a mandate to crack down on fraudulent commenting.

GSA Announces Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner

The agency also selected a deputy commissioner for the service.

GSA Official: Agencies Should Build Testing Data and Environments Specifically for AI

Unless agencies start thinking differently, the security process will continue to stand in the way of new companies getting access to the real-world data required to develop artificial intelligence and machine learning tools.

Federal Contract Award Data from FPDS Will Be on SAM Before Spring

With the FedBizOpps transition done, the Federal Procurement Data System reporting tool—one of the main functions of the website—will be the next to migrate to GSA’s central contracting site.

GSA Publishes Web Standards for Year-Old Digital Services Law

The website design standards pull together existing guidance for complying with the 21st Century IDEA Act, which requires all digital services to have a base level of quality and accessibility.

GSA Reissues E-Commerce Platform Solicitation With Significant Changes

Vendors that bid on the original RFP will have until Jan. 15 to revise their proposals.

GSA Is About to Make Changes to the MAS Consolidation Solicitation

The government’s acquisition shop released proposed changes that reflect new administration priorities and adjust for expiring clauses and programs.

GSA Wants Public Feedback on its eRulemaking Modernization Effort

The agency will accept comments and host two town-hall style meetings to address opportunities and public concerns on a range of related topics.