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FCW : August 15, 2013
The wrangling continues over the CIA s choice of a vendor to build a private cloud for the intelligence community. In July, Amazon Web Services led a com- plaint against the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims challenging the need for and scope of corrective action taken by the CIA in response to recommendations by the Government Accountability Of ce. GAO made the recommendations when it sustained a bid protest by IBM against the CIA s award of the $600 mil- lion contract to AWS. Taking the issue to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims --- the nal destina- tion for some of the most contentious procurement cases --- could help AWS avoid another bid protest if the CIA again awards the contract to AWS, which has requested a response by Sept. 23. "We believe strongly that the CIA got it right the rst time," an AWS spokes- woman said. "We look forward to a fast resolution so the [CIA] can move forward with this important contract." The CIA said it has taken steps to address GAO s concerns, but that doesn t necessarily mean IBM will get another shot at the contract. The agency said it has chosen a path that adheres to GAO s nding that the CIA didn t evaluate prices comparably under one of the solicitation s pricing scenarios, and that it materially relaxed a solicitation term for AWS during post- selection negotiations. GAO recommended that the agency reopen negotiations with both compa- nies, including amending the solicita- tion if necessary, and then make a new decision. Procurement law gives agencies sig- ni cant discretion in adhering to rec- ommendations made by GAO. If the CIA can make the necessary correc- tions to the procurement, the agency would likely not have to take a more extreme course of action, such as rebidding the contract. --- Frank Konkel Amazon les court complaint over CIA cloud deal Trending are devoted to NSA's Site M, a $3.2 billion complex being built at Fort Meade, Md. 227 acres TANK Army set to complete enterprise email migration August 15, 2013 FCW.COM 7 The Army s migration to enterprise email services is essentially complete, which means it is winding down a high-pro le IT project that has been years in the making. The migration includes 1.5 million users on the unclassi ed NIPRNet and 100,000 users on the classi ed SIPRNet. Those gures cover almost every Army component and related agen- cies, including the Joint Staff. The enterprisewide program for email and other types of communi- cation services at the Defense Depart- ment is being carried out in coordi- nation with the Defense Information Systems Agency. DISA hosts the cloud-based email, which also includes services such as a global address list, calendar shar- ing and a platform for collaborating across geographic locations. Work on the program began in 2009, when Army of cials announced that they would explore the option of com- mercially managed email. In 2010, of cials decided to go through DISA instead, citing cost savings. The road to completion has been rocky at times, with a target date at least four months behind the March 2013 deadline of cials had set last August. The project struggled through obstacles that included technical prob- lems, congressional funding hurdles and reports of exaggerated savings. As of August 2012 in the most recent estimates available, enterprise email was projected to save the Army $76 million in scal 2013 and $380 mil- lion through scal 2017. --- Amber Corrin
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