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Congress' role in EIS

Experts point to Congress' recent interest in the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) as a move that could give agencies a new urgency to transition to the contract. In particular, the House Oversight and Reform Committee added the EIS transition as a category on its latest FITARA Scorecard. "I’m hopeful that having EIS as part of the scorecard will also generate that kind of motivation for the agencies to really focus on it and be able to accelerate the progress that’s necessary to be able to be in a position where they’re there on time with their transition,” said Carrol Harris, director of IT and cybersecurity for the Government Accountability Office. Billy Mitchell has the story.

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The Army’s contract for its next-gen fighting vehicle doesn’t have any requirements

The Army is developing a next-generation fighting vehicle to replace its tried-and-true Bradley. And the service is taking a new approach with the tech-focused acquisition: There are no requirements, just “characteristics of needs,” one of the generals running the program said Friday. Jackson Barnett has this.

Stimulus bill includes .gov bill to help states and localities move domains

The new government spending and pandemic relief bill introduced in Congress Monday includes language that would make it easier for non-federal entities to transfer their websites and email services to the federally administrated .gov top-level domain. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act, a bipartisan measure first proposed in 2019, would reduce or eliminate the costs for state and local governments to adopt .gov addresses, a step widely considered to bolster their internet security. Benjamin Freed has more on StateScoop.

Renewed JEDI drama

Last week breathed new life into the legal battle around the Pentagon's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract. A federal claims court judge unsealed Amazon's amended complaint in its protest of the Defense Department's award of the contract to Microsoft. Amazon alleges that it offered the Pentagon what it believes to be technically superior cloud services at a lower price after the department took corrective actions on the contract. Despite that, DOD still went on to reaffirm its original award of JEDI to Microsoft in September. Meanwhile, DOD and Microsoft both filed motions to dismiss in part Amazon's allegations that President Trump's bias against the company ultimately played a role in its loss. Billy Mitchell has more.

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