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AWS explains JEDI restraining order

Amazon Web Services has officially filed a motion to prevent any performance of work under the Pentagon's JEDI contract until its protest is settled. The company explained its move in a statement to FedScoop: "It is common practice to stay contract performance while a protest is pending and it’s important that the numerous evaluation errors and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed,” the spokesperson said. “AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible.” Billy Mitchell has more on AWS's motion.

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Background check backlog drops

The defense and intelligence communities celebrated a big milestone this week by cutting down on the security clearance backlog to just 231,000. The goal is to get to a steady-state of 200,000 cases pending at any time. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency has seen a 55% improvement in the speed with which secret clearances are issued and a 60% improvement for top-secret clearances. Dave Nyczepir takes you inside the reduced backlog.

New podcast on AI

Let's Talk About IT is back with a brand new episode on the state of federal artificial intelligence and how agencies are looking to adopt it. Tim Persons, who’s leading the Government Accountability Office’s efforts to adopt AI, and Henry Sowell, CIO of Cloudera, have a candid discussion on the federal context for the emerging technology. "You have a broad array of use cases...and that's really what makes [AI in the government] so interesting — the use cases, the mission contexts are what's driving this," Persons says in the new episode. Listen now to the new episode.

Army cloud office coming soon

The Army's Enterprise Cloud Management Office will be in “full swing” by March, according to CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford. Led by Paul Puckett, the new office aims to help the Army achieve "convergence" — a strategic objective to combine information and capabilities across warfighting domains by having central data and cloud enterprise capabilities. “We needed to centralize all things cloud,” Crawford said this week at AFCEA NOVA's Army IT Day. “The ECMO is designed to better Army commands through a centralized office, and improve the ability to facilitate cloud projects and oversee migration to the cloud network.” Jackson Barnett has more on the ECMO.

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