Articles on Innovation

IRS Tries Agile Acquisition for Data Tools

FCW (August 13, 2019)

The IRS, which still regularly uses software and systems that are more than 60 years old, is hoping a new pilot program to acquire new technology will help change that.  A draft solicitation released August 2 seeks proposals for a Treasury-wide Data Governance and Analytics Initiative that will make use of a new procurement vehicle rolled out last year, dubbed Pilot IRS, to develop new ways to automate and refine departmental contract data. It will also serve as an overarching framework for multiple technology pilots down the road as officials essentially attempt to create a sandbox for innovation inside the agency that is unmoored from the traditionally sluggish and bureaucratic federal procurement process.

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Let freedom and innovation ring

GCN (May 28, 2019)

Driven by the consumerization of IT, agencies at every level of government are struggling to respond to the demands of a new generation of users for more open and flexible service delivery. Consumers want their agencies to deliver the same ease-of-use and on-demand responsiveness they have with their own devices and social media platforms

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Delaying DoD Cloud Contract Could Harm National Security

Real Clear Defense (April 10, 2019)

The great power race to dominate advanced computing technologies – cloud applications, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) – is intensifying. China is seeking to replace the U.S. as the dominant player in these areas. The United States, in general, and the Department of Defense (DoD), in particular, are responding to these threats by increasing investments in advanced computing technologies. But time is of the essence, and any delays in moving forward on creating an enterprise-wide cloud for the Pentagon could put national security at risk.

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Federal CIO: Now is the time for tech innovation

Federal Times (September 11, 2018)

The federal government is at a critical moment for tackling the technical demands of today, as well as preparing for the needs of the future, according to federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent. Kent, who spoke Sept. 11 at a Professional Services Council Conference, stressed the importance of introducing innovation into the way that the federal government tackles technology, so that the government can remain the top innovator it has proven to be historically.

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OMB’s cyber report should start the race to the cloud

Federal Times (August 23, 2018)

When it comes to cybersecurity problems within the government, I feel like Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day” – I’m watching and listening to government officials have the same discussions of the same problems over and over, and making only incremental progress in addressing them.

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Project 38, Episode 4: The innovation challenge

Washington Technology (August 27, 2019)

We talk to John Wood, CEO of Telos Corp. as we continue our exploration of innovation and  disruption in the government market.

John shares his views on the challenges and obstacles to bringing innovation to the government market. He brings nearly 30 years of government contracting experience and holds the point of view that the challenges to innovation aren’t about the technology but the culture and the vested interests that resist change.

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More OTAs, less LPTA part of the impending upheaval for contractors

Federal News Network (August 24, 2018)

When Congress passed the FY2018 omnibus in the spring, a little noticed provision allowed federal agencies to spend up to 25% of their total annual budgets in September.  This, coupled with the fact that agencies were slow to get their FY18 allocations has set up a perfect storm of year-end spending.  According to NextGov and our friends at The Pulse agencies could potentially spend as much as 40% of their total FY18 budgets in the next 6 weeks.  The real questions are do we have enough contracting personnel to get this money out the door and are you ready?

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