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DOD publishes data strategy

The Department of Defense finally launched its first data strategy Thursday, pushing for a broad shift across the military to use data in support of warfighting. The strategy came after new DOD Chief Data Officer Dave Spirk went on a listening tour across the department to find ways for the military to use data as a warfighting tool. “This does mean that we need to acknowledge that data is the ammo of the future,” Spirk said. Jackson Barnett has more from the strategy.

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Navy's push to the cloud

COVID-19 has somewhat disrupted the Navy's priorities for IT modernization. Instead of focusing on modernizing the network in the near-term, the service is now looking to move to the cloud to support the prolonged move to virtual work amid the pandemic. But that's OK, said CIO Aaron Weis, because it will "inform then the eventual network transformation that’s going to happen. And so there will be a natural segue into the network modernization.” Billy Mitchell has this one.

Login.gov gets third-party assessment

To build trust in its Login.gov platform, the General Services Administration is putting it through a third-party assessment conducted by Kantara Initiative. The global nonprofit has assessed industry and government services since 2010, and its model is based on past work for the private sector. It will assess the conformity of Login.gov’s identity proofing and authentication with the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s Special Publication (SP) 800-63-3, the government’s digital identity guidelines. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

GSA teases Polaris GWAC

The General Services Administration is planning a new governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) after canceling the Alliant 2 small business contract earlier this summer. Under the new so-called Polaris GWAC, GSA plans to increase the quality and diversity of IT available to agencies. Named after the “guiding star” in the night sky, the contract will increase the pool of qualified small businesses that provide emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G gear, as well as areas such as robotic process automation, cybersecurity and cloud services. More from Dave.

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