Welcome to 2016. It’s a fresh, new year with fresh, new goals. What are government tech trends to watch, and what do they mean for government contractors? This and more in the weekly news kickoff.
Government IT: Hot Tech Trends in 2016
Local, state and federal governments aim to make their tech initiatives more open, responsive, technically up to date and secure this year. Can they pull it off? Information Week looks at the technology trends and goals in government IT.
Interior First Feds To Move Financial Management to the Cloud
The Interior Department just completed a migration of its financial management system to the cloud, making it the first federal agency to do so, according to Unisys, which helped the department manage the transition, FederalTimes reports. On Jan. 5, the department finished moving its SAP and Compusearch systems into a cloud environment, giving management of its accounting infrastructure to Unisys and contractor partner Virtustream in an as-a-service model. Putting the financial system in the cloud allows the department to manage budgets, analyze spending and track grants in more agile and collaborative ways. The move comes as Interior looks to wrap up its five-year IT modernization plan.
NIH Cuts Fees on Governmentwide IT Contracts
The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center — a part of the Department of Health and Human Services — reduced the fee-for-service rates on three of its largest government contracts, one of which was lowered 35 percent, FedScoop reports. NITAAC reduced the Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners III fee from 1 percent to 0.65 percent; the CIO-SP3 Small Business fee from 0.75 percent to 0.55 percent; and the CIO – Commodity Solutions fee from 0.50 percent to 0.35 percent. While these vehicles are built with health IT customers throughout HHS in mind, NITAAC has tailored its GWACs to be able to support the mission-critical needs of CIO shops throughout the federal government. An NIH spokeswoman said this fee reduction makes NITAAC’s fees comparable to other GWAC fees, such as those in the General Services Administration’s Alliant and NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V.
Army Begins Industry Outreach for Cloud Transformation Project
The Army wants cloud-computing vendors to pitch their solutions as part of its forthcoming cloud contract vehicle, FierceGovernmentIT reports. A new contract vehicle will help the Army move applications, systems and associated data to the commercial cloud in support of the service’s Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation. The Army introduced the program, called ACCENT, in a draft request for proposal it issued in late November. The program oversees the migration of enterprise-level systems and applications to the cloud by Oct. 1, 2018. Download the RFP.
Feds Waited an Average of 95 Days for Security Clearances in 2015
The average time it takes to complete a security clearance review, at nearly every step in the process, fell well short of governmentwide performance goals in fiscal 2015, Federal News Radio reports. Initial secret cases took an average of 95 days and top secret cases took 179 days to process by the end of last fiscal year, according to a fourth quarter update on Performance.gov. Periodic reinvestigations took an average of 251 days.