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Deasy defends JEDI

The Pentagon's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract still has sound requirements, despite spending most of the past three years in legal limbo, CIO Dana Deasy recently told a concerned senator. In a mid-November letter sent to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Deasy explains that "all of the contract requirements that were previously written are still up to date.” Grassley wrote to Deasy in October inquiring on JEDI's status and what this saga has cost the department. Jackson Barnett has the news.

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Peter Ranks heading back to CIA after two years with DOD

The Department of Defense is losing one of its top IT officials. Peter Ranks, deputy chief information officer for enterprise information, will return to the CIA to support its Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E) program, according to sources within DOD. Ranks spent 20 years with the CIA, where he led the agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology, before heading to the Pentagon. Sara Wilson has more on Ranks.

DHS and immigration authorities sued by ACLU over phone tracking

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement over their secret purchase and use of phone location data to track people. ACLU wants the agencies to provide any records about their access to a database from Venntel, as well as similar services from other companies. Dave Nyczepir has this.


For AI success, start small and iterate

Artificial intelligence projects are most successful if they start small and grow over time, according to federal IT leaders from Veterans Affairs, USDA and World Wide Technology. During a recent FedTalks panel on data, analytics and AI, they discussed how their agencies are taking an iterative approach to develop AI applications. By identifying specific use cases, they say it becomes easier to map to specific kinds of analytics and then to map the technology needed. Read highlights from the panel.

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