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Are Oracle's days protesting JEDI numbered?

Oracle's pre-award bid protest of the Pentagon's JEDI acquisition is still alive, even though Microsoft was awarded the $10 billion contract and Amazon Web Services has mounted its own lawsuit after losing out. But U.S. attorneys representing the Department of Defense are now hoping to close the company's appeal. They're hammering home the argument that Oracle did not meet basic security requirements — or gate criteria — to qualify for the acquisition. And since AWS didn't win, as Oracle alleged was rigged to happen, its claims of conflict of interest are now "moot," the federal attorneys say. Billy Mitchell has more on the case.

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Personal CDM data could be used ‘inappropriately’ when integrators are involved

The Department of Homeland Security is worried that the shared service platform that provides Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) capabilities to small agencies could be used inappropriately by contractors to obtain sensitive information. A December DHS privacy impact assessment found that the CDM platform for smaller agencies exposes personal data to third-party contractors operating that cloud-based shared service. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

Pentagon’s JAIC needs industry help for humanitarian assistance, disaster relief

The Department of Defense has big plans for artificial intelligence in 2020, starting with a new solicitation in search of information from industry on existing AI capabilities that can support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. DOD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center issued a request for information on AI and emerging technologies to enable disaster response, namely through drone-based search and rescue missions during events like wildfires, hurricanes and floods. The solicitation says "the Government desires an end-state environment where human-resources are not required to constantly watch the sensor, but they can be cued to respond when something of interest is identified.” More from the solicitation.

WATCH: Balancing digital modernization with security

Federal and industry tech leaders recently spoke with FedScoop at the 2019 Security Transportation Summit, sponsored by Fortinet. In exclusive video interviews released bi-weekly, these experts addressed the growing federal attack surface, the need to balance modernization and data sharing with security, and much more. See the latest interviews below from a trio of Fortinet executives:

State Dept. exec on how cloud platforms improve employee engagement

Department of State’s Michelle Sparrow-Walker shares how the agency uses PaaS to consolidate systems and drastically improve employee engagement. She shares her insights as the department director of the Information Resource Management Bureau’s Systems and Integration office. Listen to the interview.

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