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NSA's plan to evolve GovCloud

The intelligence community announced Wednesday that it's planning another major IT acquisition: the Hybrid Compute Initiative, which will enhance and replace the on-premise, NSA-operated GovCloud, moving to a managed services model. HCI comes as the CIA is simultaneously developing for the intelligence community what will likely go down as one of the government’s largest-ever commercial cloud contracts — the Commercial Cloud Enterprise. While the two acquisitions will be released and up for bid at roughly the same time — both could be awarded as early as this fall — IC CIO John Sherman wanted to be clear that they are “complementary” in nature and not at all competing. Billy Mitchell talked to Sherman.

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Navy 'night courts' target IT

The Navy is looking to trim $40 billion from the Navy’s budget over the next five years, while putting some of that back into digital modernization, acting Secretary Thomas Modly announced in a memo this week. Modly built a hit list of items he wants to strip of funding, and at the top of it is reducing the money spent on “duplication of information technology systems and infrastructure.” Priorities for reinvestment also include putting money in nuclear forces and increasing the number of ships in the Navy. The service must “act now to make tough, fiscally-informed choices in order to fund our key strategic priorities using the budget we have, not the budget we wish we had,” Modly wrote in the memo. Jackson Barnett has more from Modly's memo.

Inside Overstock's e-marketplace protest

First, it was Amazon Business. Now Overstock.com is protesting the General Services Administration's commercial e-marketplace, arguing some of the solicitation’s terms are ambiguous and restrict competition. The internet retailer further argued GSA didn’t allow sufficient time for companies to respond, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. GSA responded last week to that protest, and now Overstock has until Feb. 24 to make its case. The protest prevents the agency from making contract awards until GAO comes to a decision, no later than April 24. Dave Nyczepir dives into the protest.

USDS has roots in new Colorado digital team

A former member of the U.S. Digital Service has spread the spirit and mission of the White House technology unit to the state of Colorado. Kelly Taylor, a former IBM Watson product manager who spent two years with USDS, launched the Colorado Digital Service within the state's Office of Information Technology with the support of Gov. Jared Polis last November. Taylor, who wanted to continue working in the public sector after returning home to Denver, pitched Polis’ administration on how a USDS-like program for the state of Colorado might work. Now he's building out his seven-person team, a process that includes recruiting on a Slack group for Denver-area programmers. StateScoop's Ben Freed talked to Taylor.


FICAM policy offers a balance between security and user experience

Updated federal guidelines on identity and access controls give agencies greater flexibility to improve security as well as user experience. While agencies have largely used PIV or CAC authenticators, the 2019 FICAM policy gives IT leaders greater flexibility to diversify their authentication options and lay the foundation to modernizing how employees and citizens access government resources. Hear more from ForgeRock’s Ashley Stevenson.

WATCH: IT officials tout zero trust

Federal IT officials and experts from industry recently sat down with FedScoop to discuss zero-trust security and whether it's just another buzzword or a trend that's here to stay. This week, catch videos from:

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