Spending on cloud services could reach billions in 2018, GSA moves closer to replacing DUNS, and a new GAO report calls out major cyber security challenges. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for September 14, 2018.
According to a report by Bloomberg Government (BGOV), federal contract obligations on cloud services are expected to rise by approximately 32 percent to $6.5 billion in fiscal 2018, up from $4.9 billion in the previous fiscal year. BGOV estimates the Department of Defense (DoD) to record approximately $2 billion in fiscal 2018 cloud services spending and civilian agencies to spend $4.4 billion on such contracts in the current fiscal year. Agencies that have spent the most on cloud services contracts since fiscal 2014 include DoD, NASA and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, according to the analysis.
Continued Changes to Pentagon’s Procurement Setup Could Be Chaotic
The Pentagon has adjusted with the setup for procurement. Now, authority resides in the Office of the Chief Management Officer. But execution takes place at the armed services level. That could mean chaos, according to David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, who joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss possible implications.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report sounding the alarm that U.S. critical infrastructures are not as secure as they should be. It identifies four major cyber security challenges and 10 critical actions the federal government needs to take to secure the nation’s energy grids, transportation systems, dams or financial institutions. GAO’s latest work makes it clear that should systems that underpin the nation’s critical infrastructure fall prey to attack, the consequences will have dire ramifications.
The General Services Administration (GSA) is taking bids on a new contract to manage its system for verifying all organizations that do business with the federal government, either by contract or under grants. This effort is a shift away from the current, longstanding Dun & Bradstreet-provided Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) agencies currently use to identify all contractors, nonprofits, and other entities for almost five decades. GSA issued a request for proposals in search of a new identifier and unique numbering system for its Integrated Award Environment and System for Award Management. This new contract will have one base year with four individual option years after that.
Is it possible for the government to implement better acquisition practices that yield better results and still work within acquisition regulations? The answer is yes, but current practices will not get us there. Several Government agencies are already focusing on innovation in their acquisition processes. The Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Innovation Lab and the U.S. Digital Service are at the forefront of this effort, vigorously promoting innovative changes.
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