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GovWin Recon - December 23, 2014

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon will be taking a break for the holidays. We will resume publication on January 5th. Happy Holidays!

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GovWin ReCon - December 22, 2014

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon - December 19, 2014

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon - December 18, 2014

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon - December 17, 2014

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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Will the Defense Inspector General Further Delay the DoD’s Migration to the Cloud?

Recently, the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General published an audit report critical of the department’s efforts to implement its 2012 cloud computing strategy.  Citing material weaknesses in the execution of the strategy, including the failure to adequately train acquisition personnel who procure cloud services, the failure to fully develop cloud service broker management capabilities, the failure of DoD components to obtain proper waivers from review authorities to use non-DoD approved clouds, and the failure of the DoD CIO to develop a detailed written process for obtaining a cloud computing waiver, the OIG concluded that the department had put data at risk while also not reaping the cost savings benefits that cloud computing offers.

The DoDIG report is the latest in a series of similar reports from other government agencies that also revealed systematic flaws in efforts to leverage cloud computing.  Taken together, these audit reports point to the disruption that cloud computing is causing in federal agency information technology environments.  This disruption is not necessarily related to technology difficulties, although these are a concern.  Rather, it is related to weaknesses in the policy and governance processes that guide agency IT investments.  Cloud computing is creating challenges that agencies simply aren’t equipped to handle, a problem made worse by policies like Cloud First, which has forced agencies to dive into a technology for which they aren’t prepared.

In the DoD’s case, the lack of policy and governance oversight is particularly perplexing considering the glacial pace at which the Defense Department has moved toward using commercial cloud solutions.  The DoDIG’s audit now threatens to bring that progress to a halt as the DoD CIO and defense components consider how to respond to the OIG’s recommendations.  A real question at this point is should they bother to respond at all.  Several elements of the OIG report are based on assumptions and policies that have changed considerably since the DoD Cloud Computing Strategy was released in June 2012.  Take, for example, cloud brokering, which acting DoD CIO, Terry Halvorsen, has de-centralized.  In addition to the Cloud Brokerage Project Management Office at the Defense Information Systems Agency there are now cloud brokerages at the Army’s Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems and the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

Similarly, the DoDIG castigates the department for failing to implement an enterprise contract for commercial cloud services.  The goal of implementing an enterprise contract, however, no longer resembles the reality of the situation at the DoD.  When acting CIO Halvorsen gave the Services the ability to procure commercial cloud services he effectively eliminated the need for an enterprise level cloud contract.  In other words, the DoDIG calls the DoD CIO to account for not implementing an irrelevant procurement strategy.

None of this is to say that the DoD has somehow miraculously solved its challenges. There is indeed a pressing need for acquisition training and contract clauses that will ensure a proper level of cloud service and data security.  Similarly, if it is to be retained, the waiver process needs to be improved. In itself, it is unclear if waivers will be necessary given DISA’s enhanced role as certifier of cyber security requirements for commercial providers.  DISA’s imprimatur is effectively a waiver, if the commercial solution meets security requirements.

Improvements are needed, but one wonders if it is not a counter-productive use of time for the DoD CIO, DISA, and the Services to spend time addressing a critique that does not fit current conditions.  The implementation of the Joint Information Environment addresses the use of commercial cloud solutions in a way that should assuage the cyber security concerns of the DoDIG.  Furthermore, the de-centralization of cloud procurement is intended to eliminate the acquisition bottleneck at the DISA Cloud PMO while also reducing costs.  These are solid steps toward removing barriers to commercial cloud use at the DoD.  Will they be allowed to bear fruit or will they be suffocated by the weight of adherence to outdated policy demands?

 

Updated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Focuses on Interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within HHS, this week released its new strategic plan detailing efforts to promote interoperability of health records and systems.

The new plan recognizes the strides made in the area of electronic health records adoption by US providers and takes these efforts a step further to facilitate the sharing of health data.  Over 400,000 hospitals and professionals now participate in Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, generating a strong demand for information sharing.

ONC lays out the following five goals to advance accessibility of health information and make it available when and where it is needed to improve and protect people’s health and well-being:  

  • Expand adoption of Health IT 
  • Advance, secure and interoperable health information  
  • Strengthen health care delivery 
  • Advance the health and well-being of individuals and communities  
  • Advance research scientific knowledge and innovation

Each goal is supported by two to three specific objectives with three and six year expected outcomes, along with strategies for achieving each objective.  Additionally, the goals and objectives of the federal health IT plan will be implemented and supported by 37 federal departments and agencies.   The plan is a coordination of these agencies in order to advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research

ONC is also in the process of developing a Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap to drive the goals of the strategic plan.   

The strategic plan promotes health IT adoption and information sharing among the commercial market as well as government entities.  Implementation of the plan will involve establishing standards and frameworks for information exchange.  One way for contractors to influence these standards is to participate on committees, boards, and other organizations to influence their development.  Private and public health organizations may need contractor assistance in adopting and incorporating resulting information exchange architectures, standards, and frameworks. 

Public comments will be accepted on the plan until 5 pm on February 6, 2015. 

 

Commerce Department Information Security Contract Analysis Highlights Spending Areas

As the Department of Commerce prepares to implement an enterprise approach to information security and vulnerability monitoring, we explore the department’s reported spending on information security.

 

Methodology

As part of the research and analysis completed for the recent Federal Information Security Market, 2014 to 2019 report, the Federal Industry Analysis Team explored reported spending on information security across the government. Historic spending data was collected using a non-definitive selection of 24 information security related keyword searches on FPDS.gov. The resulting 224,297 contracts were culled down to 33,233 through further analysis. This analysis reviewed the initial set for IT-related product or spending (PSC) codes, duplicate entries, and as well as security related contract descriptions.

 

The report includes findings from the over 33,000 contracts, which provide an approximate baseline total contracted value for security contract awards that can be used to assess the overall size and composition of historical federal information security spending from FY 2009 to FY 2014. The discussion in this blog addresses findings associated with over 550 information security contracts awarded by the Department of Commerce, the top 20 contracts from that set as well as the conclusions drawn from analysis of spending department-wide.

 

Findings

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contracted the largest share of the department’s obligations from FY 2009 to FY 2014. The top 20 contracts during this period account for nearly $97.6 million in spending across four bureaus. Fifteen of those contracts were awarded by NOAA. Three were awarded by the Patent and Trademark Office. Meanwhile the Census Bureau and National Institute of Standards and Technology claimed one top award each. Requirements filled by these top awards include data stewardship systems, enterprise security monitoring, identity, credential and access management (ICAM) support, security products, as well as security support services. 

 

Top products/services bought 2009 to 2014 include cyber security and data back up services, system development services, technical and engineering support, integrated hardware/software/services solutions (predominantly services), IT strategy and architecture.

 

The top 20 contract vehicles and programs leveraged for security spending during this period accounted for $102.6 M in spending. These vehicles include Comprehensive Large Array Data Stewardship System (CLASS), NOAA Link, CIO End User Support (EUS),  computer and information security services, identity and access management solution, NIH Electronic Commodities Store (ECS) III, and GSA’s IT Schedule 70.

The Department of Commerce’s top vendors by total obligations received from FY 2009 to FY 2014 include:

  • Diversified Global Partners JV, LLC
  • 2020 Company, LLC
  • Evolver, Inc.
  • Nangwik Services, LLC
  • ActioNet, Inc.
  • Earth Resources Technology, Inc
  • SAIC
  • Cyberdata Technologies, Inc.
  • Trusted Security Alliance, LLC
  • Harris Corporation,
  • FCN, Inc.

 

Conclusions

Since NOAA historically does the most information security related contracting, it makes sense that they’re expected to lead the procurement and development of the back-end infrastructure for Commerce’s new Enterprise Security Oversight Center (ESOC). A recent Federal News Radio article on the development reported that the enterprise security center is anticipated to begin initial operating capability by the end of the December. If past performance is an indicator, NOAA is likely to continue providing support as the effort matures.

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Originally published in the GovWin FIA Analysts Perspectives Blog. Follow me on Twitter @FIAGovWin.

GovWin Recon - December 16, 2014

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Congress Passes FY 2015 Funding – Defense Highlights

The U.S. Congress passed an omnibus funding bill for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2015 that includes $1.1 trillion in total in discretionary federal funds, roughly half of which goes to the Department of Defense (DoD).

Federal News Radio reported that the Senate voted 56-40 late Saturday for the bill that will fund most agencies through September, the end of FY 2015. The House of Representatives had voted two days earlier on the spending measure, passing it 219-206.

The final bill removes concerns over the possibility of government shutdowns for the rest of the fiscal year and address funding for each of the agencies covered under the twelve individual appropriations bills that traditionally make their way through Congress. The only exception in full-year funding is the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded by at continuing resolution (CR) levels through Feb. 27, 2015, due to congressional concerns over White House immigration plans. Future funding will be taken up by the next Congress.

Department of Defense

This omnibus provides total FY 2015 funding for DoD set at $553.9B – about 50% of the $1.1 trillion bill – including $490.2B in base budget and $63.7B for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The $490.2B base budget is $3.3B more than the enacted FY 2014 base level of $486.9, but $5.4B less than the president’s FY 2015 budget request of $495.6B.

The following is a high-level breakout of the funding levels provided for DoD in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.

Department of Defense Observations

Procurement

  • Overall – $93.8B up just $900M from FY 2014 enacted level and $4.1M over the FY 2015 budget request
  • Defense-wide Chem-Bio Situational Awareness – $184M in procurement, up $14M over request
  • Navy CANES – $336M, down $22M from request of $358M due to delays and NGEN ES is set at $106M, off $10M from the FY 2015 request due to tech refresh growth, in procurement budget
  • Air Force GPS III Space Segment – $87M, up $30M from budget request to fund advance procurement
  • Air Force AFNET transfers $15.6M to the Information Transport System program; AFNET budget was reduced an additional $15.6M
  • Air Force Mobility Equipment – $13M, a marginal $2.5M increase over budget request
  • Information Systems Security Program -- $33M increase over president’s FY 2015 request – $20M in Procurement budget, $13M more in RDT&E

RDT&E

  • Overall – $63.7B, $700m over the FY 2014 enacted level and $179M more than requested
  • Defense-wide – $225M for the new Defense Rapid Innovation Fund
  • DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program – $221.6M, $40M more and a 22% increase over the FY 2015 president’s request
  • Navy University Research Initiatives – $134M, a $20M increase over budget request
  • Navy Defense Research Sciences Program – $497M, an increase of $53.5M over budget request
  • Navy New Design SSN – $88M with a $15M increase for small business tech insertion
  • Army Integrated Military Human Resources System, $68.5M, a $70M reduction from the $138M budget request

O&M

  • Overall – $161.7B, up from the FY 2014 enacted level of $160B, but down $4.3B from the $166B request
  • Defense Logistics Agency - $385.4M, an addition of $12M over the budget request of $381.5M for DLA’s Procurement Technical Assistance program
  • $10M for insider threat detection enhancements
  • Marine Corps Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization - $631M, an addition of $57.4M over requested budget.
  • Air Force Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization - $1.45B (15 Req.), $1.6B (15 Omnibus). $145M increase.
  • Army Facilities, Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization Budget - $2.4B, $400M over $2B request
  • Army Service-Wide Communications Budget - $1.6M, a $13M reduction from budget request attributable to less funding needed than assumed for the Integrated Personnel and Pay – Army (IPPS-A) program

The FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was passed by both the House and Senate around the same time as the omnibus had authorized $521.3B in base discretionary spending, but Congress ultimately provided $31.1B less in actual funding in the Omnibus appropriations. See a previous entry for more information on the NDAA and its IT management and acquisitions implications.

Check out our Civilian Highlights in the FY 2015 Omnibus.

Fellow GovWin Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) analyst Alex Rossino contributed to this entry.

 

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