Schools are back in session nationwide. (Sorry, kids!) It’s also a busy time for the federal government, which is in the midst of its “use it or lose it” end-of-year spending frenzy. With only a few months left in the current fiscal year, eight of the 10 highest-spending federal agencies have not used as much as 40 percent of their budgets, according to one report. But that’s no excuse to waste government money, cautioned a bipartisan group of senators in letters sent to CFOs at 13 agencies.
Another week, another contract, and this time with even catchier acronyms. The General Services Administration is in the process of creating a new government-wide contracting vehicle for services related to manned and unmanned systems.
With the 2018 midterm elections on the horizon, the U.S. political process is under attack online. But the world’s largest tech companies have a clear message: We’re not gonna take it (or, ahem…it’s “too late”)! As the digital battle for the heart of our democracy unfolds, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter have all taken down web domains and social media accounts associated with suspected foreign meddlers in hopes of avoiding past mistakes.
Chances are you already know former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly recorded conversations with President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly. While we’re not here to talk politics, the recordings show that there are serious issues with honor-system security. Omarosa claims her convo with Kelly took place in the Situation Room, one of the White House’s highly secured SCIFs that prohibits all types of electronic devices.
This story making headlines has a Star Wars moniker, but it’s the federal government’s own little saga. The Department of Defense is mired in a conflict over JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure), a $10 billion single-award commercial cloud contract. Last week we told you that Amazon Web Services is probably rejoicing as the Pentagon reaffirms its commitment to the expansive cloud system.
What’s new this week that affects you? While Washington politicos have their eye on on the Mueller investigation and the president’s Supreme Court nomination, federal technology leaders should turn their attention to some important spending developments. Here’s what you should know as you get ready for the week ahead…