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GSA to take ‘corrective actions’ on DEOS after protest

After Perspecta issued a protest against the award of the Pentagon's $8 billion DEOS cloud contract, GSA — which is leading the acquisition for the DOD — is said to be taking corrective actions, according to sources close to the decision. Apparently, GSA is reworking parts of the contract, which was awarded in August to General Dynamics IT and a team of partners including Dell and Minburn. Now it appears that GSA probably will compete the contract again among the companies who originally bid for it. Billy Mitchell has the story.

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Navy begins buildout of new CIO office naming CDO, CTO, deputies

In addition to a new CIO in Aaron Weis, the Navy has brought on a new chief data officer and chief technology officer. Weis, who is leading a newly reorganized CIO's office, announced Tom Sasala as CDO and Jane Rathbun as CTO on Monday. Also, a chief information security officer and chief digital innovation officer have been hired and will be announced shortly, Weis said. These roles will lead four core directorates under the new office, which was reorganized in part because of the findings of a scathing Navy cybersecurity review earlier this year. Billy has this one too.

USDA partners with Microsoft to make sense of farm data in new pilot

USDA's Agricultural Resource Services is piloting Microsoft's FarmBeats solution at a 7,000-acre research farm in Beltsville, Maryland, using satellites, drones, sensors and tractors to collect data for analysis. The goal is to move to a standardized platform for combining disparate farm data sets and building machine-learning models across them. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

Here’s who’s joining the 2020 class of Presidential Innovation Fellows

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program announced its latest class last week. Over the next year, the group of 20 fellows will work with a total of nine different agencies on 13 different projects ranging from helping agencies better leverage data to advising on customer experience and human-centered design practices. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier introduces the newest class.

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