GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (6/28–7/2)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers the CIO-SP4's latest amendment, VA EHR, CISA's HQ plans, DARPA's research into neural networks, and Amazon buys Wickr in push for government contracts.
"Please see amendment 0005 for changes to the solicitation. The following documents are associated with amendment 0005:"
"The Veterans Affairs Department will move forward with its multibillion-dollar commercial electronic health records rollout after a 12-week strategic review put the program on pause. The review will lead to significant changes, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said this week, though he declined to share further details."
"The Department of Homeland Security is moving ahead with plans to build its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency a new headquarters on a consolidated DHS campus. The National Capital Planning Commission on Thursday approved final building plans for the 600,000 square foot CISA headquarters on the Saint Elizabeths West campus that DHS and the General Services Administration have overseen for more than a decade."
"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected three companies to work on a research program that could dramatically lower the amount of bandwidth used by networks of cameras."
"Amazon has acquired end-to-end encrypted messaging app Wickr, which is popular with government workers and individual users alike. Wickr is among a slew of encrypted messaging apps that came on the scene over the last decade, along with Signal and Telegram. It has garnered a user base among journalists, government workers, whistleblowers and the privacy conscious."
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