Modernization News

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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The Security Advantages of Cloud Computing Revisited

Nextgov (October 9, 2018)

Over seven years ago, we co-authored a little-noticed article about the “Security Advantages of Cloud Computing.” We said then that “the benefits of the cloud can be affordably attained in a way that does not jeopardize an organization’s security.”

At the time, we thought this was boldly radical, but it landed with a big thud. Many cybersecurity pros, and especially those in the government, were skeptical of our conclusions.

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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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Federal government needs to embrace the cloud or fall behind

The Hill (December 14, 2018)

There have been a number of stories over the past year about how the federal government is moving at a glacial pace in its journey to the cloud. Much of the reporting has left me shaking my head and wondering if those reporting really understand what cloud technology is all about and why the cloud is so critically important from a global technology leadership perspective.

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Are you ready for the year-end spending spree?

Nextgov (August 18, 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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Treasury sees new role for CFOs

Federal News Network (August 8, 2018)

The Department of Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service rolled out a new 10-year plan this week to transform the role of federal chief financial officers.   The main focus of the plan is automation, aiming to leverage new technologies to improve service delivery.  The 10-year vision contains 4 core focus areas – optimize the disbursement of funds by reducing the number of paper checks, replace the current lock box systems with digital ones, strengthen reporting by making more financial data available, and expand analytics through the “do not pay” portal.  Federal News Radio has the report.

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