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Mary Davie departing GSA after 30 years

Mary Davie, a mainstay in federal IT acquisition at the General Services Administration, will join NASA’s Mission Support Directorate on Feb. 3. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy announced her departure Tuesday afternoon in an internal agency memo. "While we are sad to see her go, we are thrilled for her in this new opportunity. As many of you know, Mary has been with GSA for more than 30 years, starting her career here while in college,” Murphy wrote. “Her contributions to the agency and the federal government have been so numerous, it is difficult to summarize in a single message.” Most recently, Davie has led GSA’s HR Quality Service Management Office responsible for developing NewPay, a federal shared service for payroll. Billy Mitchell has the story.

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VA launches program for cyber jobs

The Department of Veterans Affairs is developing a new program to fill gaps left open by the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The NICE framework, developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, prescribes knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks (KSATs) to many baseline cybersecurity work roles. But for the VA, the framework falls short for some more-specific jobs. “There are gaps in the framework. Medical is not in there, med cyber — jack of all trades, master of medical devices,” Stephanie Keith, CWM program manager, said during a panel discussion at the 2020 Health IT Summit. “But where are the cybersecurity aspects of that? At VA we’re looking at how we develop what that work role looks like.” Dave Nyczepir has more.

DOD issues small JEDI task order for tactical-edge prep work

The Department of Defense awarded a $1 million task order to Microsoft under the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract for work related to tactical-edge devices. Details are slim in the DOD award notice published Tuesday. It simply says: “Unclassified Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Support Service Package for Tactical Edge Device Accreditation and Training.” The award was officially issued Jan. 6. However, it signals that DOD is continuing to move forward with preparations so that it can soon fully kick off the development of an enterprise commercial cloud with Microsoft. And outside of some more administrative-type task orders, it’s the first publicly announced award. More on JEDI's task order

Gen. Hyten on software acquisition

DOD software acquisition is a "nightmare," according to Gen. John Hyten. The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Friday the military needs to “re-engineer” how it writes requirements for and buys technology to stay ahead of adversaries like China. Requirements being written for specific products won’t cut it anymore, he said. Instead, Hyten wants to see acquisition specialists write evolving requirements that match the speed in which cyberthreats change. Jackson Barnett has more.

WATCH: Red Hat’s chief architect on the value of middleware integration with agencies’ cloud services

Adam Clater says that as agencies move more services like HR and payroll to as-a-service platforms, middleware will help them integrate those services with one another as well as back to the data center. And by using open source platforms agencies can further accelerate their development because they will have access to collaborative communities participating in transformative changes. Watch Clater’s full conversation here.

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