The digital revolution, ubiquity of the internet, and rise of Big Data have given government an unprecedented capability to produce, collect, utilize, and disseminate a vast array of information and  data.

These trends have ushered in a new era of data-powered government innovation and citizen  services based on the undeniable value in making government data widely availab...


The recent Pentagon announcement of a $950 million (ceiling) production contract to nontraditional defense contractor REAN Cloud has sent reverberations through the acquisition community.

This “Production OT” agreement follows a similar, although smaller production award by the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DiUX) to the cybersecurity firm Tanium (Full disclos...


On September 13, 2017, at the direction of former Boeing executive and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Shanahan, DOD announced the formation of a Cloud Executive Steering Committee (CESG). The purpose of the CESG is to “devise and oversee the execution of a strategy to accelerate the adoption of cloud architectures and cloud services, focusing upon commercial solutions.”


The problems associated with an antiquated government infrastructure replete with duplication and redundancies of mission and support services have been well documented. A 2011 Government Accountability Office report discussed the operation of 661 information technology investments in human resources management alone.

More recently, at my request as a staffer on the Oversi...

The red tape and hassle associated with doing business with the government are legendary.

Government buys at the speed of glaciers; in the meantime, technology evolves at the speed of Moore’s Law (that is, really, fast!).

This creates a huge problem. While nobody expects the government to be agile or innovative, we at least expect the government to have down the technology...


Status of FY2017 Continuing Resolution

  • Governing by CR has become the norm, rather than the exception.

  • The current CR continues government funding at current levels until April 28, 2017. 

  • The stopgap bill, one of the longest continuing resolutions in the last 40 years, funds topline discretionary defense and non-defense spending at $1.07 trillion in line with...


There is a new philosophy for IT transitions and accelerated cloud deployment called Bimodal IT. Developed by Gartner, this philosophy distinguishes between Systems of Record (called “Mode 1” systems), and Systems of Engagement (called “Mode 2 systems”).

Mode 1 systems are traditional legacy and steady state infrastructure. These are the large, often mainframe-based IT sys...


This morning GAO confirmed what anyone who has looked around the federal government knows all too well- we are trying to embrace a 21st Century digital government using antique (some would go so far as to say “Fossil”) computer systems. GAO just completed a yearlong review of just how bad things truly are, and oh boy, are they bad.



GAO reports that the federal government...

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