Judge Grants Pentagon’s Request for Corrective Action on JEDI Cloud Contract

The Defense Department | April 17, 2020

Judge Grants Pentagon’s Request for Corrective Action on JEDI Cloud Contract
Federal Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith Friday granted the Defense Department’s March request for a 120-day stay to take corrective action on parts of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, which it awarded to Microsoft in October. Amazon Web Services, which protested the award, had asked the judge in previous motions to force the Pentagon to take more expansive correction action, accusing the government of attempting to “gerrymander” revisions to the procurement. In the order, which is under seal, Campbell-Smith grants the Defense Department’s motion for remand so that “it may reconsider the aspects of the procurement challenged in this protest action,” though the 120-day remand could be lengthened or shortened upon motion and subsequent judge’s decision.

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The 2017 American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), to establish an interagency working group (Working Group) to reduce administrative burdens on federally funded researchers while protecting the public interest through the transparency of and accountability for federally funded activities. Since the passage of AICA, OMB has released the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) outlining a long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government in key areas to improve agencies’ ability to: deliver mission outcomes; provide excellent customer service; and effectively steward taxpayer dollars.


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GovPilot | January 15, 2022

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Unanet | January 06, 2022

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CoLab Software Awarded Government of Canada Contract to Modernize Engineering Collaboration

CoLab Software | January 13, 2022

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Ceres | January 17, 2022

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The 2017 American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), to establish an interagency working group (Working Group) to reduce administrative burdens on federally funded researchers while protecting the public interest through the transparency of and accountability for federally funded activities. Since the passage of AICA, OMB has released the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) outlining a long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government in key areas to improve agencies’ ability to: deliver mission outcomes; provide excellent customer service; and effectively steward taxpayer dollars.

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