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CIO testifies about JEDI process

Just days after the Pentagon's award of JEDI to Microsoft, Dana Deasy testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his confirmation as DOD CIO. And of course, there were questions about the department's potential $10 billion contract award. Committee members were most interested in the political optics of the Pentagon awarding the contract to Microsoft over frontrunner Amazon, the company the president has time and time again condemned in public forums. Despite President Trump's feelings toward Amazon, Deasy said there was no way he could have influenced the decision because of the way he structured the source-selection team. Billy Mitchell has more from the hearing.

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With JEDI awarded, DOD turns to modernizing software development

Across the Potomac in Falls Church, Peter Ranks, a deputy CIO in the Pentagon, also spoke about JEDI and how the department is turning its attention to how it will build on the new cloud environment now that the contract has been awarded. Ranks called JEDI  a “prerequisite” to faster software development. “Cloud providers give you a set of Legos with no instructions, and you can use those Legos to build really bad applications — or you can use them to build really secure applications,” Ranks told reporters. “And we have not done a good job in providing implementation guidance across the department that says, ‘This is how you build secure things.’” Dave Nyczepir has the story.

First small business cleared under EIS contract

MicroTech has earned the honors as the first small business to complete business support system testing and receive a three-year authority to operate under the GSA-operated $50 billion EIS contract, which allows agencies to update their information technology and telecom infrastructure. MicroTech is now one of seven companies to which agencies can issue task orders under the next-gen telecom contract — and three more should be authorized soon. This one is Dave's too.

How can agencies improve network performance and lower operating costs?

Even legacy systems can see improved IT performance through a routing architecture called segment routing, which is gaining rapid adoption among large-scale network operators. Segment routing provides a simpler, cost-effective approach for routing data and removes the limitations to agency leaders currently face with federal network architectures. Read the full report.

WATCH: NGA’s CISO on how APIs standardize consumption of geospatial data

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Matt Conner explains that APIs improve how stakeholders access decades of data and enable stronger security at the point of consumption when coupled with identity and access controls. His interview is part of a series on “Champions of Digital Transformation.” Watch Conner’s full conversation here.

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