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Weekly Debrief (6/8–12)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers DoD's request to Congress for funding to repay contractors, military officials are prepping for a second pandemic wave, new tech amid coronavirus, VA's EHR modernization, and news on STARS III and DEOS.


Federal News Network – Pentagon says it needs billions to repay contractors for employee leave

  • ​"The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act gave the Defense Department the authority to reimburse federal contractors who faced sudden expenses because of COVID-19. But the bill didn’t include any new funding to make those payments, and DoD officials are telling Congress they need billions of additional dollars to make contractors whole."

C4ISRNet – Military IT leaders prep for an 'even worse’ second wave of coronavirus

  • "Several high-ranking military IT officials are preparing for a second wave of the coronavirus, and expect the network infrastructure they scrambled to piece together three months ago to remain in place after the pandemic."


GovExec – The Pandemic Is Spurring Adoption of Emerging Technologies

  • ​"The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the technology transformation that’s occurring inside and outside government."


FedScoop – Better communication still needed on VA’s EHR push, congressional watchdog says

  • ​"The Department of Veterans Affairs needs more input from clinicians and other stakeholders on its massive electronic health records (EHR) modernization effort, a recent Government Accountability Office investigation found."


FCW – GSA forecasts Stars III solicitation

  • ​"The General Services Administration will issue the final solicitation for the next iteration of its popular 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (8(a) STARS) multiple award contract by the end of September, according to one of the contract's top managers."

NextGov – DOD, GSA to Rethink $8B DEOS Cloud Contract—Again

  • "The General Services Administration will take corrective action—for a second time—on the multibillion-dollar Defense Enterprise Office Solutions cloud contract it began contracting out for the Pentagon almost two years ago."

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