Procurement

Critical Update: The Government’s Cloud Anxiety 

As more federal agencies shift to cloud computing, officials are reexamining the responsibilities customers and service providers must bear to secure data.

Pentagon Expanding 5G Efforts, DOD Official Says

The Pentagon will also be releasing guidance on securing the microelectronics supply chain, according to Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord.

Air Force Turns to Machine Learning to Fight COVID-19 Disinformation

Just as the technology can be used to help deliberately spread falsities online, it can also be tapped to stop that spread.

Army Awards 10 Prototyping Contracts Under Small Business Pilot Program

The U.S. Army is using a special topics pilot program to shorten the life cycle of military technology development.

VA Makes Moves to 3D Print and Produce Medical Devices In-House

A newly unveiled effort will expand collaboration that was sparked by COVID-19.

Army Wants a Vendor to Bring ‘Parity’ to AWS and Azure Cloud Offerings

The contractor would be expected to streamline all of the Army’s disparate cloud services, including integrating new Microsoft Azure offerings.

DOD Official: Upcoming Cybersecurity Requirements Could Still Significantly Change Based on Industry Feedback

Defense Acquisitions CISO Katie Arrington highlighted cost concerns and encouraged public comments toward a final rule on the department’s planned certification program.

IG: Treasury’s IT Challenges Persist But No More So Than Other Agencies

Three projects were identified as having a medium risk of failure due to cost and schedule overruns.

Government Reduces Representation Burdens for Supply Chain Rule Banning Some Chinese Equipment 

Contractors continue to question inconsistent language and push for the need for more clarity around Section 889 Part B.

GSA, Pentagon Re-award DEOS Cloud Contract

The latest award comes with a significantly lower projected ceiling than previously cited.

GSA Preparing Switch to eSignature for Multiple Award Schedule Offers and Modifications

Contract holders will also see new security measures being implemented in the near future for eOffer and eMod.

DOD Official Confident in Cybersecurity Certification Body’s Business Model

The volunteer group taking on the Pentagon’s new system of contractor audits has taken out lines of credit, the official said.

Administration Adds 16 Months to Transition from DUNS to Unique ID

The General Services Administration will extend Dun & Bradstreet’s services while agencies get more time to patch and test systems. 

Lawmaker Proposes Federal Institute of Technology and New Contracting Set-Aside

The 21st Century Jobs Package would create a federal agency for training the workforce of the future and incentivize federal contracting officials to buy from vendors who hire rural American workers.

VA Launches New Electronic Health Record Platform Amid a Pandemic, Wildfires and Citywide Power Outages

Nature seemed to be against the Veterans Affairs Department’s new EHR system. But officials are reporting a “flawless” cutover for the first deployment.

Pentagon Still Hammering Out Acquisition Strategies Needed to Enable DevSecOps, Officials Say

The Defense Department needs to educate its workforce on what DevSecOps means for them, the Pentagon’s Katie Arrington said.

What’s Next in IT Modernization

Pandemic or not, federal agencies continued efforts to update their legacy systems and adopt modern ways of buying, developing and implementing technology.