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GSA’s 18F struggling to pay back start-up funding

The General Services Administration loaned the 18F organization as much as $30 million from the Acquisition Services Fund to get started, and it may not be paid back until 2019. GSA used money from the Acquisition Services Fund to set up the 18F organization back in 2014. Continue Reading

Computer buying events look to leverage government scale

Feds can look forward to low, low prices on personal computers. The Office of Management and Budget alerted federal CIO and chief acquisition officers in early June to watch for special deals on computers designated under a collaborative Government-wide Strategic Solution for Desktops and Laptops. Continue Reading

A group from Silicon Valley has a serious plan for creating a totally new US stock exchange

A startup backed by prominent Silicon Valley names is moving toward creating a new US stock exchange, one with additional rules for companies and investors designed to reward long-term shareholding and business strategies to generate long-term results. Continue Reading

Wearables, data analytics projects take center stage at Global City Teams Challenge

From using wearables to cut down on domestic violence to installing sensors to build better bike lanes, governments from around the globe are hoping to use the Internet of Things to get smarter. Continue Reading

A future where price is no longer a factor for many RFPs

The General Services Administration first brought up the concept of having an “unpriced” schedule a year or so ago. The idea is to evaluate vendors for their capabilities, past performance and overall skillsets, and not on their prices. Continue Reading

U.S. CIO Tony Scott: $3B worth of federal IT systems aging out in 3 years

More than $3 billion-worth of currently operational IT equipment used by the federal government — everything from servers to mobile devices — will become obsolete within three years, U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said Tuesday. Continue Reading

Petition calls for keeping Tony Scott in next administration

In an effort to ensure Scott’s plans to improve and secure federal networks don’t fall by the wayside, MeriTalk — a self-described public-private partnership advocating for “improving the outcomes of government IT” — is circulating an online petition encouraging the next president to keep Scott in place. Continue Reading