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Pentagon calls on Kratsios

Michael Kratsios has been tapped to pull double duty. In addition to serving as the U.S. CTO, Kratsios will become undersecretary of Defense for research and engineering. The role is essentially the Pentagon's version of department-level CTO, which Michael Griffin stepped down from suddenly late last month. “In seeking to fill this position we wanted someone with experience in identifying and developing new technologies and working closely with a wide range of industry partners,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in an announcement. “We think Michael is the right person for this job and we are excited to have him on the team.” Dave Nyczepir has the story.

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Bob DeLuca returns to GSA

Just weeks after Bob DeLuca announced he was ending his time with the General Services Administration as its first executive director for the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence, he's back. With Anil Cheriyan stepping down as director of the Transformation Technology Services organization later this week, GSA has called on DeLuca to fill the job in the interim. DeLuca was hired as deputy CIO of the FDIC, where he will return when his detail with GSA ends. Billy Mitchell has more on DeLuca's move.

GSA Mass Mod getting good response

Most of the contractors with places on GSA's legacy Multiple Award Schedules have accepted new Mass Modification terms and conditions under the agency's schedules consolidation. About 85% of vendors have agreed to the new program, said Jessica Salmoiraghi, associate administrator of the Office of Governmentwide Policy. Contractors that fail to accept the Mass Mod will have their offerings removed from GSA’s eTools platform, while those that have are already reaping the benefits, Salmoiraghi said. The deadline is July 31. More from Dave.

NIST's CRM modernization journey

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is known throughout the world for measuring everything from nanoscale devices to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers to global communications networks. But online transactions with external customers — that just wasn't NIST's sweet spot. So the agency decided to modernize the user experience for its customers with a customer relationship and case management platform. Wyatt Kash has the inside track on NIST's CRM journey.


Getting more from AI and ML workloads with milCloud 2.0

DOD agencies and their partners can capitalize on the speed, scale and analytic power of the cloud to tackle artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads with milCloud 2.0. The fit-for-purpose cloud is helping defense agencies fast-track the use of AI and ML applications and sidesteps many of the costs associated with running workloads on commercial clouds, says GDIT’s Jeffrey Phelan. Those lower costs often make the difference on whether AI and ML projects move forward. Listen to the discussion.

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