Analyst Insights

Five Takeaways from GAO’s JEDI Decision Denying Oracle

Security risks and concerns about excessive complexity were among the factors leading the Pentagon to choose a single-award contract for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, a Government Accountability Office ruling reveals.

SSA Seeks Small-Business IT to Support Aging ‘Boomers’

As more “Baby Boomers” leave the workforce, the Social Security Administration is seeking small IT vendors to support one of the nation’s largest social welfare programs.

SSA posted a request for proposal for a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract known as Enterprise Small Business IT Support Services, or ESBITSS, on Oct. 4. The contract will support the modernization of the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program, which provides financial assistance to elderly, blind, or disabled adults, and disadvantaged children.

Cyber Skills Gap Compounds Pentagon’s Weapons Security Woes

Many of the Defense Department’s most complex and expensive weapons systems may suffer from critical software vulnerabilities, according to an Oct. 9 report from the Government Accountability Office. A governmentwide shortage of cybersecurity professionals has only exacerbated the problem.

Suspending the Rules with Bloomberg Government’s New Analyst-Hosted Podcast

Bloomberg Government’s new podcast, Suspending the Rules, put a new spin on what’s happening in Washington. In this newly launched podcast, BGOV analysts Adam M. Taylor and Adam Schank, take on issues impacting the federal government, policy, The White House and Washington.

Ocasio-Cortez and Other Winners to Watch: BGOV Election Analysis

Some of the winners in yesterday’s primaries and runoffs across seven states have such a pronounced advantage in the November election that it’s safe to call them shoo-ins to join the 116th Congress in January.

Opportunities Show Growing Agency Use of Blockchain

Federal contracting opportunities for distributed ledger technology, known as blockchain, have so far been of short duration and low value. They’ve typically been awarded to small businesses with little past federal government contracting experience. That may change in fiscal 2019 and 2020, as federal agencies solicit more proposals for blockchain-related contracts.

CMS Soliciting $25 Billion Quality Improvement Contract

The contract, known as Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors, or NQIIC, will rely on data analytics to improve the quality of health-care decisions by patients, families, and clinicians, according to the draft statement of work.

Navy’s Budget Challenges Demand Innovative Approach: BGOV Briefing

The breakfast briefing, on President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget request for the Navy and recent trends in Navy contracting, featured BGOV analysts Laura Criste, Cameron Leuthy, and Robert Levinson.

FBI May Follow CIA, Pentagon With Colossal Commercial Cloud Contract

The FBI may become the next branch of the U.S. national security apparatus after the CIA and the Pentagon to issue a large-scale commercial cloud services contract, according to a Feb. 16 request for information.

Warren warning on ‘corporate capture’ showcases defense strength (updated)

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s warning that the U.S. military is at risk of “corporate capture” because of the close ties to industry of President Donald Trump’s picks to run the Pentagon undermine pleas of distress from defense companies.