A government spending spree is expected over final weeks of
Federal Agencies Prepare for Massive Spending Spree
Without a budget agreement in place, agencies spent cautiously through the first two quarters of fiscal 2018 before the omnibus obligated an additional $80 billion for defense and $63 billion for civilian agencies. And now a government spending spree of potentially historic proportions will play out over the final seven weeks of fiscal 2018, as federal agencies look to spend $140 billion more than they thought they’d get before Congress signed the omnibus spending bill. Federal agencies now must obligate that money before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 or lose it to the Treasury Department. Analysts believe the federal market will see a monumental effort among procurement officials to spend as much on contracts as possible.
USDA Releases RFQs for Phase II of IT Modernization Centers of Excellence
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), led by a team at the General Services Administration (GSA), issued solicitations for Phase II of its IT Modernization Centers of Excellence (COE) initiative. In this second phase, USDA plans to award contracts across the same five focus areas as Phase I and an additional contract for support of its program management office. Most of the requests for quotes were posted to GSA’s eBuy website, and therefore inaccessible to the general public. An industry source, however, provided several of the solicitations to FedScoop. The most robust of the bunch, the solicitation combining the infrastructure optimization and cloud adoption focus areas, aims to develop “multiple pools of support to assist USDA in cloud adoption, infrastructure optimization, data center consolidation, application migration, cloud portfolio management, and DevSecOps support.” There are also solicitations for data analytics capacity building, contact center support
JEDI Cloud Acquisition Receives First Protest
The Department of Defense’s (DOD) massive, single-award commercial cloud contract has already received its first protest. Oracle filed a pre-award bid protest Monday with the Government Accountability Office, alleging DOD’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud acquisition “virtually assures DOD will be locked into
Will the Technology Modernization Fund Gain Any Traction?
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