GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (12/2–6)

December 6, 2019

This edition of the Weekly Debrief includes more coverage of the JEDI saga, GSA fielding concerns with beta.SAM.gov, GSA EIS vendor advice, VA's financial system overhaul, and that Congress thinks federal departments need to coordinate their artificial intelligence efforts.

 

 

Pentagon

 

 

GSA

  • FedScoop – GSA fielding hundreds of comments daily concerning beta.SAM.gov

    • ​"The General Services Administration says it has received about 200 comments daily from the feedback tool on beta.SAM.gov since the website became the official source for contract opportunities. The outdated but familiar FedBizOpps.gov was retired by GSA on Nov. 12 as part of the agency’s initiative to merge 10 legacy contract-award systems into one. Users understandably have questions and issues with the replacement."

  • FCW – Vendors offer EIS advice

    • ​"With a growing wave of agencies preparing to get on the General Services Administration's next generation telecommunications contract, vendors on the vehicle advise them to focus on the big picture.In the last six months, or so, more and more federal agencies are drawing up final solicitations to make the move to GSA's $50 billion, 15-year Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. Vendors anticipate a flood of EIS solicitations and contract awards ahead of GSA's March 31, 2020 deadline that will restrict the use of its current Networx and local service agreement contracts."

 

 

VA

  • NextGov – VA Extends Financial System Overhaul by 5 Years—And Adds More than a Billion to the Cost

    • ​"A core IT modernization effort at the Veterans Affairs Department is billions of dollars over the original budget and the timeline for full deployment has been pushed out to 2030, officials told Congress Thursday. While the agency’s multibillion-dollar effort to modernize its electronic health records system gets most of the attention, a joint hearing Thursday between the House Veterans Affairs Committee subcommittees on Technology Modernization and Oversight and Investigations focused on the agency’s financial management system."

 

 

Congress

  • Federal Times – Congress thinks departments need to coordinate on AI efforts

    • ​"The bipartisan Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus is concerned about the lack of coordination between individual federal departments’ AI offices.Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, sitting on a panel next to co-chair Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., said that he wants the different offices throughout agencies dedicated to developing AI capabilities to interact with each other more to increase efficiency."

 

 

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