CIO Briefing

Federal Contracting Moves that Will Ripple Beyond 2019

After 2019—JEDI drama, a new cybersecurity certification requirement, a major purchase platform flying under the radar and a regulation rollback—govcon might never be the same.

Emerging Tech

NSA, Army Research Aim for More Advanced—And Less Noisy—Quantum Systems

Through a new broad agency announcement, the two solicit proposals to help identify the strength and type of errors affecting quantum computation.

IT Modernization

GSA’s $50B Telecom Contract Is Now Truly Open for Business

More than two years after awards were announced, agencies can now issue task orders to all nine vendors on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.

Data

Agencies Can Start Prepping Systems for DUNS Transition

The government will need to prepare for next year’s transition or risk the federal contracting version of Y2K.

CIO Briefing

Experts Praise New Acquisition Workforce Training Requirements

The “significant” provisions will align the public and private sectors, said one.

Ideas

How Agency CIOs Can Enable Business and Reduce Risk

Visibility is essential for CIOs to accomplish their mission and meet compliance.

CIO Briefing

Defense IG Will Review Recent $400 Million Border Wall Contract

Key House lawmaker asked for the review, citing possible improper influence by the Trump administration. 

Cybersecurity

What the Defense Department’s Cyber Certification Will Mean for Small Businesses

The Pentagon lead for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program argued the move will be good for small contractors. And for those that don’t want to comply: Good riddance.

IT Modernization

Microsoft and Pentagon to Kick Off JEDI Cloud Prep 

Microsoft and Defense Department officials will meet for three days to discuss the cloud project despite Amazon lawsuit.

Emerging Tech

TSA Isn’t Doing Enough To Ensure Screening Tech Continues Working Over Time, Watchdog Says

A report shows the airport security agency is good at building and deploying tech but doesn’t have a process to ensure those tools keep operating at a high level.

Emerging Tech

Amazon Claims Pentagon Got Almost Everything Wrong in JEDI Evaluation

The company alleges the president’s public beef with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos influenced “substantial and pervasive errors” in the Defense Department’s technical evaluation of bids.

IT Modernization

Amazon Web Services Chief Says Pentagon Got it Wrong with JEDI Award

The head of Amazon Web Services isn’t pulling punches at the company’s global summit in Las Vegas.

CIO Briefing

New Functionality on the Way for FedBizOpps Replacement

The team managing the transition from FedBizOpps to SAM.gov says it plans to restore key capabilities, such as email alerts.

IT Modernization

For Contractors, Work on GSA’s Schedule Consolidation Begins in January

Schedule contract holders will get a mass modification agreement in January and six months to negotiate exceptions to specific clauses.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Nearly Doubles Use of Other Transaction Authority Purchases

The Defense Department is embracing the alternative procurement method but could use more oversight of the deals, a Government Accountability Office audit found.

Emerging Tech

NIST Is Offering $6M For Technical Help With Its Smart Grid, IoT Research

The standards agency is building a contract for technical services in support of its cyber-physical systems research.

CIO Briefing

Users Had to Wait a Little Longer for GSA’s FedBizOpps Replacement

FedBizOpps migrated to SAM.gov Contract Opportunities over the weekend but a slow site and data migration issues made for some disgruntled users.

Cybersecurity

Supply Chain Security Requires Acquisition Reform, Security Experts Say

To secure the government’s IT ecosystem, agencies must better understand their tech, the vendors who built it, and those companies’ suppliers.