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08/7/2019 8:17 AM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) solicitation number CSOP-HQ-GS-00001 seeks artificial intelligence solutions to help contracting officers use CPARS, a key government database of Past Performance Information.  The 5 August 2019 solicitation posted on FedBizOpps seeks a tool that can identify relevant information from the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) to help streamline the contracting process and reduce administrative burden. Contracting officers are required under law to evaluate past performance when making acquisition decisions.

If we could just create an AI tool to do the CPARS inputs, we would have a completely artificial CPARS. 

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07/16/2019 9:01 AM

​FCW executive editor Adam Mazmanian reports the National Defense Authorization Act passed the House on 12 July 2019 with two amendments designed to promote greater joint oversight of the electronic health records modernization programs at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. [NOTE:  follow the link above to FCW.  Click through the ad to see the article's content.] The amendments outline the authority to be delegated to a joint DOD-VA board being established to help oversee the projects and sets deadlines and milestones for achieving interoperability between DOD and VA systems.

DOD and VA both contracted to use software from Cerner [NASDAQ CERN, N Kansas City, MO] to remake their health records systems.  VA is replacing its homegrown Vista system through a $10 billion contract with Cerner.  DOD, under a $5.4 billion contract with Leidos and Cerner, is already rolling out the Cerner-based system called MHS Genesis, currently in multiple Pacific Northwest facilities.

MHS GENESIS, the new electronic health record for the Military Health System (MHS), provides enhanced, secure technology to manage  service members, veterans, and their families health information. MHS GENESIS integrates inpatient and outpatient solutions that will connect medical and dental information across the continuum of care, from point of injury to the military treatment facility.

7/16/2019 9:01 AMNo
17/11/2019 3:17 PM

What are some good metrics that I should use for services acquisitions?​

ADAM STROUP7/12/2019 8:36 AMNo
07/3/2019 8:25 AM

Development has begun starting with the fictional scenario (a somewhat functional IT Services Management Office) for this new classroom course. ACQ305 will help the poor, innocent functional services manager (FSM) run an S-CAT I acquisition using the 7-Step process, services acquisition tools and best practices. It will also help the crusty, seasoned program manager to think services vice weapons systems. Look for ACQ305 student offerings next FY (MAR 2019)!

7/3/2019 8:25 AMNo
67/23/2018 7:37 AM

​Since 2014 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has increased the price of background investigations by 40 percent while wait times have tripled. In January, the Government Accountability Office added the Government-wide Personnel Security Clearance Process to its list of high-risk government programs and questioned whether NBIB (see  had an adequate plan to reduce the current backlog.  Under a 21 June 2018 White House reorganization plan, the NBIB could be absorbed into the DoD.  The Defense Security Service (DSS) is primed to take on responsibility for DoD personnel later this year and DSS is a logical DoD organization for the transfer of NBIB (yet to be approved by Congress).

ADAM STROUP6/13/2019 9:16 AMNo

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Work Breakdown Structure: Definitions of common elements applicable to information systems/defense business systems
July 31, 2019
​This blog is to promote thinking about your WBS.  You have a great resource, MIL-STD 881D, but most teams performing services acquisitions are unaware of this document (and if they are... Category: Electronics & Communications Services; Knowledge Based Services (A&AS); Ideas


Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS)–the Pentagon's other major cloud acquisition soon to be awarded
May 20, 2019
DEOS is an ~$8 billion acquisition which is being... Category: Electronics & Communications Services


New policy from OMB for category management
March 25, 2019
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tasked agencies with new policy for leveraging category...

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