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ECS lands a $276 million cyber award from DHS to deliver an advanced CDM Dashboard, Philadelphia plans to revise its procurement policies to support minority-owned businesses, and AR/VR tech continues to transform how governments use data and more efficiently offer improved services. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for June 21, 2019.

DHS Awards ECS $276M to Deliver Advanced CDM Dashboard Ecosystem

ECS has been selected to design and deploy a system that will deliver cyber situational awareness information to federal civilian agencies. The $276 million, 6-year task order for the CDM Dashboard Ecosystem will also summarize risk exposure across the federal government for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “We took DHS’ challenge to heart, prototyping and evaluating numerous commercial and open source technologies, resulting in a flexible and open solution architecture that is purposefully engineered to evolve and grow with the mission and cybersecurity needs of DHS,” said Aaron Faulkner, vice president of security at ECS.

5 Tips for Adopting Federal Cloud Technology

The adoption of cloud technology in federal agencies is a slow-moving and daunting task for both leadership and employees. At the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit held this past week in Washington, D.C., government officials and the AWS CEO discussed ways for other public sector organizations to reduce some of the hardship.

Philadelphia Revises Procurement Policies to Support Minority-Owned Businesses

Philadelphia will step up its efforts to support minority- and women-led businesses as part of its participation in City Accelerator, a program that advises cities on devising policies that improve conditions for low-income communities. “Inclusive procurement is a strong element in closing racial income and wealth gaps,” Ben Hecht, the president and chief executive of Living Cities, said in a press release. Philadelphia officials have spent more than a decade promoting inclusive procurement as part of the city’s strategies to address its stubborn racial inequality and poverty rates.

Building a Better Infrastructure Through Agile Integration

U.S. agencies are accelerating production of defense systems to stay ahead of foreign adversaries and, as a result, government IT has taken strides toward achieving greater agility. Federal and civilian agencies are investing in new, innovative technologies and development processes designed to increase efficiency and accelerate delivery. Agencies can more easily connect different systems to gain a complete view of important information and they’ll also have an ideal platform to support their goals of faster and smarter delivery of applications, enabling them to keep pace with or surpass foreign adversaries.

Digital Reality in Government

​As governments are pressured to offer more services with fewer resources, digital reality may help. Augmented and virtual technologies could transform how governments use data, help raise employee performance, and more efficiently offer improved services.

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