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Will Trump Step in Between Palantir and the Pentagon?

Fortune Magazine reports on the tension between Silicon Valley company Palantir and the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD is looking to update its Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGSA), a massive data management system that Palantir says its off-the-shelf product could handle for a fraction of the cost of a custom-built solution. DoD has resisted Palantir’s overtures, instead writing requirements that Palantir’s solution doesn’t fit. The article ponders whether President Donald Trump would step in and take the company’s side.

White House Innovation Office to Tackle IT Procurement

The White House has created a new Office of Innovation, first tasked with improving the way the government buys technology, and helping agencies modernize IT systems. “The office will have a particular focus on technology and data, hearing back from leaders in the industry,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “As some of its first priorities, the office will focus on modernizing the technology of every federal department, identifying transformational infrastructure projects and reimagining the VA’s systems so they can better serve our nation’s heroes.”

Army Spins Off Cybersecurity Services Order

Recognizing that the need for cybersecurity services is both high-priority and of a different type than other services, the Army has spun off a cybersecurity support order. According to Bloomberg Government, the “Cybersecurity Support Order will require the winning vendor to provide information technology services such as program management, cybersecurity risk analysis and vulnerability assessments, IT security goal-related process optimization, and gap analysis.” the order was originally part of a larger order for IT services.

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