Weekly Debrief (1/11–15)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers DISA's role in the Pentagon's cloud programs, the Space Force's new location, SBA's COVID-19 loan program relaunch, OTA contract use, and a contractor's $25 million false claims settlement related to drones.
"Control of the Defense Department’s enterprise cloud programs office will completely transition to the Defense Information Systems Agency by the end of the month, according to Pentagon officials. DISA will subsume DOD’s Cloud Computing Program Office, home of the Defense Enterprise Office Solution and the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud projects, by Jan. 31. Currently, the Office of the Chief Information Officer runs implementation for DOD cloud programs."
"U.S. Space Command should move from Colorado to Alabama, the Air Force secretary said on Wednesday, effectively announcing the winner of a hotly contested competition just one week before she is scheduled to resign with the rest of the Trump administration."
"The Small Business Administration relaunched its coronavirus loan program on Monday as its watchdog warned once again about the potential for fraud in the program. The COVID-19 deal, paired with the fiscal 2021 spending package that was enacted late last month, included $284 billion to restart the program for the third time."
"The General Services Administration isn’t a “true, end-to-end digital entity” yet, but it plans to be, Chief Information Officer David Shive said Wednesday. GSA intends to take the digital assets and tools it has created and ensure they’re always operating as efficiently as possible by reengineering agency business processes, Shive said."
"So you’ve done a summary at Bloomberg [Gov] and one of the first things on the list is COVID-related spending. First of all, give us the stats on what that has cost the government so far, and what it’s going to look like, as the pandemic seems to continue for a while. Here we are, you know, almost a year into it."
"Insitu Inc., headquartered in Bingen, Washington, has agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting materially false cost and pricing data for contracts with the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Department of the Navy (Navy) to supply and operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Department of Justice announced today."
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