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CIO Deasy talks JEDI

Despite reaffirming its award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft, the Department of Defense probably won't be allowed to restart work under the contract for quite some time as Amazon's bid protest of the deal rages on. CIO Dana Deasy explained this week how the DOD is looking to make do in the meantime by helping warfighters that need modern DevOps services to find "new homes" in existing DOD clouds. "Our day-one philosophy when we were told by the court we need to stand down moving forward with Microsoft was to cause no harm, cause no disruption to the warfighter,” Deasy said during a press call. “And so we quickly took a portion of the JEDI engineering team and pivoted them to work with the services, the combatant commands, those early adopters … and said how can we help find homes where you can go and we can at least get energy and effort started." Billy Mitchell has more on JEDI.

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Now-public Palantir dedicated to government work

Silicon Valley data analytics firm Palantir made its public debut on Wall Street on Wednesday. Despite this new period of growth for the company, it said it's not deviating from its successful strategy of serving the U.S. federal government's big data needs. Palantir will continue to build relationships with the federal government as a critical part of its business strategy and growth, Shyam Sankar, the company’s chief operating officer, told FedScoop in an interview. “The goal … is to have deep, scaled relationships with customers,” Sankar said. Speaking on the company’s public listing, he said, “I think it will give us more opportunities to focus and scale” in the public sector. Jackson Barnett has the story.

AI takes on Army's accounting errors

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center's latest project looks to help the Army resolve accounting errors without human intervention. The JAIC’s Business Process Transformation Mission Initiative team partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit to bring cognitive automation to the Army’s sprawling financial systems. JAIC estimates that quickly resolving unmatched accounting errors through cognitive technology will cut through a year-long backlog and resolve "billions of dollars" in mistakes. This one is Jackson's.

Agencies can’t stop buying duplicate IT services

Federal agencies just can't stop purchasing duplicates of IT products and services. Despite best practices that recommend agencies use existing contracts to avoid being redundant in their spending, most fail to follow that guidance, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. “Until agencies ensure that their efforts to prevent, identify, and reduce duplicative IT contracts are fully aligned with category management principles and practices, and are informed by spend analyses, they will be at increased risk of wasteful spending,” reads GAO’s report. “In addition, they will likely miss opportunities to identify and realize savings of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars.” Dave Nyczepir has this.

A CMMC interim rule is here — but don’t expect it to change much

The Pentagon this week released the interim rule for its new cybersecurity standards for contractors, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). With the publication of the CMMC interim rule in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, the new model comes with a 60-day comment period for the public to propose any changes for the final version. Many aren't happy that the rule wasn't published as a draft, which would've given contractors more time to offer feedback. Read more on CMMC.

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