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GovWin Recon - August 21, 2013

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.

Headlines beginning with an * include quotes from Deltek analysts. 

Sequestration / Budget:

Federal IT:

Agency News:

Vendor News:

Cybersecurity:

Cloud Computing / Data Center Consolidation / Virtualization:

Big Data / Analytics:

Mobility:

Transparency and Performance:

Defense / C4ISR / Embedded Technology:

Contracting / Acquisition:

State and Local:

AEC News:

GovWin Recon is Deltek's daily newsletter highlighting federal government contracting news and analysis from around the government contracting world. Get it delivered to your e-mail inbox, free!

 

 

DoD Targets Rapid Mobile Technology Review and Approval Process

The Defense Department (DoD) supports approximately 600,000 smartphone users, and they are pursuing a strategy to support a broader ranges of devices. Recently, at the annual Forecast to Industry from the Defense Information System Agency (DISA), mobility played a dominant role in discussion.  In particular, goals stressed streamlining the review process for commercial products.
 
DISA presentations depicted a comprehensive mobility concept including capabilities for Voice/VoIP, email, texting, calendar, automation capabilities, unified communications, telecom expense management, mission partner applications, secure access to the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN, formerly the Defense Information Systems Network, or DISN), and device security. The vision also includes a mobile app store and enterprise Mobile Device Management.
 
 
            Source: DISA                   

 

Historically, it has taken anywhere from nine months to a year for new mobile devices, mobile applications and operating systems to complete the DoD review process. Often, those technologies are outdated by the time they achieve approval. Jennifer Carter, the component acquisition executive at DISA, described one of the process challenges, saying, “The traditional DoD cycle times do not meet what is needed to get these capabilities out to the warfighter, and we don’t want to be where by the time we issue the device it’s obsolete and … you have to buy it on eBay.” The address this lag, DoD is partnering with industry to achieve more rapid deployment of commercial technologies by streamlining review and approval cycles. These goals will include 30 day turn around cycles for new hardware, new applications, and new operating systems.

 
Of the 600,000 smartphone users in the DoD, 470, 000 use BlackBerry handsets and 130,000 are piloting iPhone and Android devices for security trials. Back in May, DoD approved the use of Samsung’s hardened version of Android (Knox) in smartphones and BlackBerry 10 devices. The Knox took a noteworthy approach to the Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) by proactively considered the DoD’s security requirements.
 
The discussion also called out support needed from industry to close a number of gaps. Moving forward, DISA will be looking for
·          security built into products,
·          alignment with NSA protection profiles,
·          enterprise license agreements for commercial applications,
·          enterprise based cost models, and
·          continued advancement of enabled secure mobile applications.
 
Mobility contracts opportunities on the horizon include gateway procurement and enterprise solutions for mobile applications. The gateway request for proposals (RFP) is anticipated during the first quarter of FY 2014. This will be a single award for a firm-fixed price contract. The request for information (RFI) for mobile applications solutions is also expected during the first quarter of FY 2014.
 
Originally published for Federal Industry Analysis: Analysts Perspectives Blog. Stay ahead of the competition by discovering more about GovWinIQ. Follow me on twitter @FIAGovWin.

DHS Awards Cybersecurity Continuous Monitoring Contracts

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded contracts worth potentially $6 billion to 17 companies to provide hardware and software tools and services to support a government-wide cybersecurity continuous monitoring and diagnostics effort. The cloud-based initiative will implement Continuous-Monitoring-as-a-Service (CMaaS) and other IT security tools to harden federal civilian networks against cyber attacks.
 
The announcement reported this week indicates that the Broad Purchase Agreement (BPA) contract has a one-year base and four one-year options. Congress appropriated more than $183 million in the final fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget and the White House has requested $168 million in its FY 2014 IT budget.
 
The Continuous Diagnostics & Mitigation (CDM) program provides continuous monitoring, diagnosis, and mitigation activities to strengthen the security posture of the federal .gov networks. DHS is overseeing the procurement, operations, maintenance of sensors/dashboards deployed to agencies, in partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA) which has established a portal to facilitate CDM program purchases and will be charging a 2 percent fee to agencies using the BPA.
 
GovWinIQ has been tracking the contract opportunity for more than a year. The DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) announced that it was developing the CMaaS capability with the goal of establishing an automated dashboard that displays information about cybersecurity risks based on data collected through an array of sensors.
 
The BPA winners and their respective tool suites are:
 
  • Booz Allen Hamilton – McAfee, ForeScout
  • CGI – Tivoli Endpoint Manager, ServiceNow, Retina, BDNA, Splunk
  • CSC – ServiceNow, ForeScout, McAfee, Tivoli Endpoint Manager
  • DMI – Lumension, Triumfant, Hewlett Packard, ForeScout, SailPoint
  • DRC – McAfee, ForeScout, VeraCode
  • GDIT – McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, Veracode
  • HP – Hewlett Packard, Symantec, Tenable, View Trust, AppSec
  • IBM – Tivoli Endpoint Manager, IBM, Rapid7, Core Impact, Hewlett Packard
  • KCG – McAfee, IBM, Veracode, Core Impact, ForeScout
  • Kratos – McAfee, ForeScout, Microsoft, RedSeal, Veracode
  • Lockheed Martin – McAfee, ForeScout, ServiceNow, JBOSS, AirWatch
  • ManTech – McAfee, ForeScout, Veracode
  • MicroTech – CA Client Automation, InfloBlox, Symantec
  • Northrop Grumman – ViewTrust, McAfee, ForeScout, Veracode
  • SAIC – McAfee, ForeScout, Veracode
  • SRA – nCircle, Symantec
  • Technica – Symantec, p0f (Passive OS Fingerprinting)
 
These firms will now compete for task orders under the new BPA – which is open to all government agencies, including state, local and tribal entities – for the following functional and task areas:
 
 
This BPA marks new territory for federal cybersecurity efforts and acquisitions. It seeks to help agencies down the path to effective real-time monitoring of their networks’ security posture, a goal that has remained elusive for many agencies. And while each agency will continue to focus their on their own core information assurance and security the BPA may also bring more continuity to the overall .gov domain. Notice that many of the security tool providers in the list above hold positions on multiple contracts.
 
This also impacts agency acquisitions. Historically, pure cybersecurity opportunities were few and far between and most efforts were embedded in network operations and infrastructure efforts. Those that you could find were either small and fragmented by agency or consolidated into huge service contracts that only the largest of firms could perform.
 

The contracts also bolster the fed’s move toward cloud implementations and shared services, pushing IT-as-a-service into the cybersecurity realm. Cost is one of the key drivers in the push to the cloud and this BPA could bring some additional competitive pressure to an area that has so far seemed immune to budget pressures, although agencies have been saying for some time that cyber spending will eventually level off and even come down.

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Originally published for Federal Industry Analysis: Analysts Perspectives Blog. Stay ahead of the competition by discovering more about 
GovWin FIA. Follow me on Twitter @GovWinSlye.

Oversight Subcommittee and GAO Urge OMB and Agencies to Better Manage IT Investments

A late July House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on Federal Data Centers and Cloud garnered much press recently, especially in light of GAO’s proclamation that there are actually over 7,000 data centers, more than double original inventory counts.

Although the title of the hearing emphasized federal data center consolidation and cloud usage, testimonies and questions from subcommittee members aimed at addressing overall management and oversight of federal IT initiatives.  The subcommittee heard testimony from David Powner, GAO’s Director of Information Technology Management Issues; Steve VanRoekel, Federal CIO and OMB’s Acting Deputy Director for Management; and David McClure, GSA’s Associate Administrator in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Powner’s testimony highlighted a number of areas for improvement in IT investment management, but also gave credit to several OMB initiatives that have produced positive results over the last three years.

Positive Results

  • Creation of the IT Dashboard
  • Implementation of TechState Reviews
  • Launch of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI)
  • Implementation of PortfolioStat Reviews    

Needs Improvement

  • Accuracy and reliability of cost and schedule data in the IT Dashboard
  • Validation of cost savings from TechStat to date
  • Implement TechStat for all investments with moderately-high or high-risk rating.  (Currently only evaluating 33%)
  • Track and report on key performance measures for the FDCCI and improve oversight mechanisms
  • Determine whether agencies are completing key actions related to PortfolioStat and the incorporation of FDCCI into the process.

Powner stated, “Information technology should enable government to better serve the American people. However, according to OMB, despite spending more than $600 billion on IT over the past decade, the federal government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT.”  GAO’s investigation of the IT Dashboard showed 154 investments at risk, totaling $10.4 billion.   

Oversight Subcommittee members agreed and asked pointed questions of those testifying and why the current tools and oversight programs are not producing better results.  Subcommittee Chair Rep. Mica asked Powner where we were now on server utilization.  Powner stated that server utilization is not being monitored now.  Rep. Mica also stated that GSA was setting a poor example for data center consolidation having only closed one data center to date, with over 100 non-core data centers in existence.  Rep. Meadows asked McClure how GSA planned to close 37 data centers in the next two months, when they only managed to close one in the three year existence of the FDCCI program.  

Rep. Mica closed the hearing on a more positive note by telling the panelists that the subcommittee was going to figure out a way to give them all the tools they need to help get the job done.  He also encouraged GAO to keep up the good work of monitoring federal agencies and programs, and bringing issues to light that need attention. 

 

 

 

 

GovWin Recon - August 20, 2013

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.

Headlines beginning with an * include quotes from Deltek analysts. 

 

Federal IT:

Agency News:

Vendor News:

Cybersecurity:

Cloud Computing / Data Center Consolidation / Virtualization:

Mobility:

Waste, Fraud and Abuse:

Defense / C4ISR / Embedded Technology:

Contracting / Acquisition:

State and Local:

AEC News:

GovWin Recon is Deltek's daily newsletter highlighting federal government contracting news and analysis from around the government contracting world. Get it delivered to your e-mail inbox, free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Convergence of Cloud Computing and Cyber Security

At the Defense Information Systems Agency’s recent Forecast to Industry event, Mark Orndorff, the head of Program Executive Office Mission Assurance and Network Operations, described DISA’s effort to develop an analytics cloud that will provide the DoD with enterprise cyber security capabilities.  Based on a similar cloud-based approach to security used by the National Security Agency, DISA’s analytics cloud will be called ‘Acropolis,’ after the temple to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war.  Once it is complete, Acropolis will provide continuous monitoring, cyber-attack analysis, insider threat analysis, and operations situational awareness for the entire Department of Defense, including the Military Departments and Combatant Commands (COCOMs).  Mr. Orndorff’s public statement comes at roughly the same time as the Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration’s announcement that awards have been made for a $6 billion Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation, Tools, and Continuous Monitoring-as-a-Service contract that will enable all federal agencies to procure the latest in cyber security technology.

The fact that cyber security and cloud computing are being mentioned in the same breath more and more these days is no coincidence.  Federal agencies are finding that they can easily leverage cloud-based solutions to address many of their cyber security requirements; from continuous monitoring and identity verification to digital certificate security.  This is a trend that has been developing over the last few years, with the total contract value of awards in this area recently rising to more than $6 billion, thanks to the latest announcement from DHS/GSA.

To get a sense of what kinds of projects have been underway, the following table illustrates as best I’ve been able to determine when and to whom cloud contracts have been awarded for cyber security related requirements.


This data reflects the fact that 2011 was the breakout year for cloud computing in the federal and government.  Not only did the total value of awarded contracts begin climbing that year, the variety of uses for cloud-based solutions also began to diversify.  For example, the use of cloud solutions for cyber security requirements was one of those areas where that growth began to appear.  This trend continued to gather speed in 2012 and 2013.  As a result, I expect to see a lot more contract awards for cloud-based cyber security solutions in the years to come.

 

 

GovWin Recon - August 19, 2013

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.

Headlines beginning with an * include quotes from Deltek analysts. 

 

Federal IT:

Agency News:

Vendor News:

Cybersecurity:

Cloud Computing / Data Center Consolidation / Virtualization:

Big Data / Analytics:

Mobility:

Transparency and Performance:

Defense / C4ISR / Embedded Technology:

Contracting / Acquisition:

Legislation:

Mergers and Acquisitions:

State and Local:

AEC News:

GovWin Recon is Deltek's daily newsletter highlighting federal government contracting news and analysis from around the government contracting world. Get it delivered to your e-mail inbox, free!

 

 

 

 

Deltek Pulse: General government services July review

In the midst of the summer slowdown is July, which kicks off a new fiscal year for most states. Though only 1,464 IT-related general government solicitations were captured in July – a 14.9 percent decrease from June – several represented highly anticipated procurements for FY 2014.

Below is a snapshot of July’s top 11 most common IT solicitations captured in the GovWin IQ state and local database:

 

The dashboard below breaks down July’s 1,464 IT-related solicitations by state, requesting agency, and government type:


Here is a look at current tracked general government IT opportunities:

The Philadelphia Department of Finance released a request for proposals (RFP) for an enterprise resource planning system and implementation services on July 29. The city is embarking on a significant initiative to modernize its administrative processes and related legacy technology systems that currently support business operations. Based on a prioritization of its needs, the city has made a decision to proceed with administrative modernization in a phased approach. The RFP is for phase one: Workforce Management. The city expects phases two and three will be high in future technology priorities.

The California Department of General Services (DGS) released an RFP on July 1, seeking a centralized revenue opportunity system (CROS). The CROS project's objectives are to replace legacy mainframe-based revenue and collection management systems with an integrated tax system that streamlines business processes, improves and expands online services to customers, and uses business intelligence to increase revenue opportunities. The RFP is being issued to address the limitations of the BOE’s existing legacy systems and to seek the procurement of a state-of-the-art information technology system that supports BOE’s mandated and statutory tax administration responsibilities. The RFP is a multi-step, competitively-bid procurement that includes conceptual, draft, and final proposal submission phases and sealed cost proposals.

The Idaho Department of Administration, Division of Purchasing, released an RFP on July 3 for a Web-based electronic procurement system. Deployment of the system will be statewide to all agencies/departments to meet individual program acquisition needs and budgetary constraints.

GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial.

GovWin Recon - August 16, 2013

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.

Headlines beginning with an * include quotes from Deltek analysts. 

Sequestration / Budget:

Federal IT:

Agency News:

Vendor News:

Cybersecurity:

Cloud Computing / Data Center Consolidation / Virtualization:

Health IT:

Defense / C4ISR / Embedded Technology:

Mergers and Acquisitions:

State and Local:

AEC News:

GovWin Recon is Deltek's daily newsletter highlighting federal government contracting news and analysis from around the government contracting world. Get it delivered to your e-mail inbox, free!

 

 

 

The nation’s capital preps IT endeavors for years to come: Education a primary focus

As part of ongoing efforts to expand GovWin IQ’s State and Local Lead Alerts product, Deltek analysts have been researching capital improvement plans (CIPs) nationwide to uncover potential business opportunities for vendors across vertical markets.
This month, we’ve focused heavily on Washington, D.C.’s fiscal year (FY) 2014-2019 CIP, which includes more than 100 IT and/or IT professional services projects in the years to come. These projects range from general IT upgrades, cybersecurity modernization, to crime-fighting technology.
From a vertical standpoint, general government services and education (primary/secondary) comprise the bulk of opportunities in the nation’s capital, as depicted in the graph below.

Education is clearly a major focus for D.C. in the coming fiscal cycles, with more than $9 million allocated toward IT projects for public schools. While details on specific technology requirements are minimal, the current CIP lists more than 70 elementary, middle and high schools with funds assigned to audio-visual and IT upgrades through FY 2019. Considering the heads up before the start of the 2014 fiscal year, vendors should take note of the facilities listed and begin building relationships with school officials to determine the types of IT projects planned, specific budgets, timelines, and how they can assist.
Drilling D.C.’s CIP down to a requirements level, Deltek identified more than 25 primary and secondary offerings that run the gamut from laptops, to geographic information systems, to surveillance equipment. Here is a look at the top 10 identified IT requirements.

Values of the projects detailed range from $250,000 for server consolidation, $4.1 million for enterprise resource planning services, to $28 million for enhanced 911 communications upgrades.
As a reminder, state and local leads coverage includes:
  • 50 states
  • 366 metropolitan statistical areas (Nearly 3,000 cities and counties)
  • Special districts, public universities, and independent school districts
Projects details in a Lead Alert include:
  • Project value: Funding identified by government agency
  • Lead year(s): The year or range of years a project is budgeted
  • Associated documents: The source from which the lead was generated (budget, CIP, article, etc.)
  • Key contact(s): Primary and secondary contacts associated with a project
  • Project ID: Government-specified project number or code
  • Related GovWin IQ content: Tracked Opportunities, Bid Notifications and Lead Alerts
  • Primary and secondary offerings
  • Vertical classification
For more details on Lead Alerts, check out our recent blog.
GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about the projects listed in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial

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