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A year later, questions remain on JEDI investigation

The Pentagon inspector general's 300-page report last spring on its investigation into the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud procurement wasn't enough to please a pair of Republican congressmen. Reps. Steve Womack of Arkansas and Chris Stewart of Utah sent a letter Thursday to DOD Secretary Lloyd Austin and acting department Inspector General Sean O’Donnell asking for “immediate access” to all records associated with the DOD IG’s investigation of the JEDI procurement. “Since JEDI’s inception, multiple Members of Congress, including one of the undersigned, have repeatedly raised concerns to DOD regarding allegations of impropriety that now-former DOD officials engaged in unethical misconduct related to JEDI, in our opinion, these allegations remain unresolved,” says the letter. Billy Mitchell has more.

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DOD called on to help with NARA backlog

Meanwhile, other House lawmakers sent another letter Thursday to the DOD asking it to intervene after coronavirus delays caused a major backlog of requests from veterans seeking essential service records. Since implementing workplace restrictions at the start of the coronavirus crisis last year, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been unable to process thousands of requests for veterans’ records. John Hewitt Jones has the news.

Booz Allen scores $1.1 billion VA award

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $1.1 billion benefits management and processing contract to Booz Allen Hamilton. Under the task order, Booz Allen will provide support for the VA’s benefits integration initiative, which is focused on reusing and expanding technologies used with the veteran benefits management system. Read more.

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