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The JEDI narrative slipped away

Looking back on the Pentagon's efforts to develop and award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, the biggest mistake was letting the narrative slip out of the Department of Defense's hands, Dana Deasy said Wednesday. “Once you let the narrative get away from you … trying to recover is nearly impossible,” Deasy said during the Forbes CIO Summit Virtual Series Wednesday. In particular, what escaped the DOD’s messaging were details on the pricing structure. While the contract had a ceiling of $10 billion over 10 years, its initial instance was only for two years and $1 million, Deasy said. Headlines that described the potential size of the cost, while accurate, inflated the political turmoil over the contract, he said. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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LISTEN: Talking presidential history with Gov Actually

Gov Actually is back with a new episode, inspired by "Hamilton" the musical. Co-hosts Dan Tangherlini and Danny Werfel chat with David Fisher, a "moonlighting presidential historian" to discuss the history of the commander-in-chief role and how it has evolved over time, comparing and contrasting today’s political climate with that of the early days of America. Listen now.

Air Force adds to $1B ABMS contract

The Air Force onboarded eight more companies to its nearly $1 billion contract for the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) — its effort to bring in modern and emerging technology to link missions across the domains of sea, air, land, space and cyber. The new companies listed on the IDIQ contract include ARES Security, AT&T, Centauri, Cogniac, NanoVMs, Pacific Defense, SRC Inc. and Systematic. They will compete within the larger pool for task orders and future work under the $950 million contract. Jackson has this one.

Treasury awards $625M shared services contract

The Treasury awarded a $625 million contract to a dozen companies to support its financial management shared services work. The OneARC Strategic Support Services (OSSS) contract will cover systems development, data analytics and project management, benefitting the department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service Administrative Resource Center. As a center of excellence for federalwide financial management, the bureau’s ARC shares those services with agencies, as well as IT, human resources and portfolio management. The OSSS contract will also support those efforts throughout its lifespan, which ends July 29, 2025. See who won spots on the contract.


New data aggregation and analysis tools aid crisis response

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a greater need to analyze data from outside the agency’s purview to better inform decisions on how and when employees should return to offices — things like travel patterns, supply chains or health developments. In a new podcast, experts discuss data management and analysis tools to help agencies mitigate health risks and supply chain weakness throughout the pandemic. Listen to the discussion

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