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AWS and Microsoft left to compete for $10B JEDI contract, CBP decided to end its $297 million contract with Accenture, and HHS will launch an IT workforce acquisition pilot with USDS. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for April 12, 2019.

Amazon, Microsoft Emerge as Final Competitors for $10B DoD JEDI Cloud Contract

A spokeswoman for the Department of Defense (DoD) said Microsoft and Amazon are the last two contenders for DoD’s potential 10-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud procurement contract. Elissa Smith, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said Microsoft and Amazon were the only companies that met the JEDI contract’s “minimum requirements.” Smith noted the department decided to move ahead with the final selection process after its inquiry found no conflicts of interest in the cloud acquisition process and expects to award the contract in mid-July. The announcement means DoD ruled out bids from IBM and Oracle for the single-award contract.

CBP Ends Controversial Hiring Contract with Accenture

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is done looking to the private sector to solve its longstanding shortage of border patrol agents. The agency decided April 4 to end its $297 million contract with Accenture after issuing a stop work order in December 2018 to evaluate the emphasis placed on various elements of the contract’s hiring and recruitment efforts. “During the period of the stop work, CBP collaborated with Accenture to determine how to best leverage the contract going forward. Based on that collaboration, CBP determined it was best to terminate the contract for convenience,” a CBP spokesperson said in a statement.

HHS Launches IT Workforce Acquisition Pilot with U.S. Digital Service

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking information technology professionals to help the department with healthcare modernization efforts. HHS partnered with the U.S. Digital Service to hire IT personnel to help with data management, data collection, customer support and analysis that will support acquisitions and policymaking. Matt Cutts, administrator for the digital service, wrote in a Twitter post that the job posting is live for the first 100 applicants. The initiative comes after the Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule last week to provide agency heads with direct-hire authority for IT and cyber roles.

Also in the news:

EIS Contract Announcements Brewing

TSA Awards $74M Task Order for Protective Security Officers Services

What U.S. Can Learn from Canada’s 4-point Government Procurement Plan

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