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FCW : September 15, 2013
Trending In August, Of ce of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a memo instructing agency leaders on how to comply with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act, which was signed into law in January. The law is designed to reduce improper payments to deceased annui- tants, contractors on the excluded par- ties list, and individuals and businesses on persona non grata lists maintained by various government agencies. It alters the application of the Pri- vacy Act of 1974 by changing the stan- dards that apply to government agen- cies when using database-matching programs to carry out the Do Not Pay initiative launched in 2009. The new law mandates that federal payees be checked against ve data- bases: the Social Security Administra- tion's Death Master File, the General Services Administration's System for Award Management (which absorbed GSA's Excluded Parties List System), the Debt Check database at the Trea- sury Department, and databases main- tained by the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services. As a check against fraud or improper payments, the law also permits OMB to tap commercial databases, which could include those run by credit-reporting companies, payroll processors and con- sumer data services rms. According to the OMB memo, Trea- sury of cials are required to assess the relevance and accuracy of consumer databases and devise systems to safe- guard the con dentiality of the con- sumer data under its control. --- Adam Mazmanian Feds to tap commercial databases for Do Not Pay initiative current and former Energy Department employees' personal information was compromised in a July hacking attack 14,000 TANK In the lawsuit it led against the fed- eral government in July, Amazon Web Services claims IBM's protest of its $600 million cloud computing con- tract with the CIA was untimely and meritless. The 79-page lawsuit, unsealed Aug. 20, blasts the Government Account- ability Of ce's June decision to uphold portions of bid protests led by IBM as irrational and in violation of feder- al contracting law. AWS argues that it was a awed decision based on a tech- nicality that would not have changed the CIA's decision. However, the CIA followed GAO's recommendations and took corrective action, reopening discussions with AWS and IBM before accepting new contract proposals Aug. 16, according to the lawsuit. AWS, the largest pub- lic cloud infrastructure provider and a developing federal player, did not offer further comment to FCW. IBM, a longtime contractor that declared its growing cloud intentions by purchasing SoftLayer Technologies in June, is not about to be bullied. In a statement to FCW, of cials touted their history of success in government operations and said AWS had a chance to make its case when IBM protested the bid. "We are con dent the court in this case will uphold the GAO's ruling and the agency's follow-on actions imple- menting it," IBM said in a statement to FCW. "Unlike Amazon, IBM has a long history of delivering successful transformational projects like this for the U.S. government." Oral arguments in AWS' lawsuit are set to begin Oct. 7. Such complaints can be slow to move through the courts, and GAO decisions are rarely overturned. However, there is a recent prec- edent for that action: In late 2012, a federal judge disagreed with GAO's ruling in a case involving the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs. --- Frank Konkel Amazon rips GAO, IBM in lawsuit over CIA cloud deal 10 September 15, 2013 FCW.COM
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