Government Information Technology

January 1, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
When the GAO performs cybersecurity-related audits and reports its findings, the watchdog provides key recommendations to agencies to improve their networks and information technology from risks. The GAO also follows up to see how an agency implemented those recommendations. Credit: Illustration by Chris D’Elia based on images from GAO Reports and lurri Motov/Shutterstock

It is no secret that the U.S. government is grappling with cybersecurity issues across its organizations and agencies. The good news is that the government has an auditing agency that investigates possible weaknesses or cybersecurity gaps and makes key recommendations to rectify problems: the U.S. Government Accountability Office, known as GAO.

October 9, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services has selected Washington, D.C.-based TCG to supply enterprise information technology support to its Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Under the $51 million Office of the Chief Information Officers (OCIO) Information Technology Enterprise Support Services (ITESS) contract, the company will support the ACF ICIO over the next five years. Specifically, TCG will assist the organizaiton in consolidating information technology services and functions across the enterprise with an integrated team comprising program management, capital planning, information technology strategy, information technology program management officers and systems engineering expertise, the company reported.

August 19, 2020

The Department of the Treasury recently awarded Washington, D.C.-based TCG, Inc. a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with a $625 million ceiling to support the Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Administrative Resource Center (ARC). Under the BPA for OneARC Strategic Support Services, TCG and 11 other awardees will perform project management, systems development and quality assurance, data analytics and other support services, TCG reported. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s ARC provides financial management, information technology, human resource, and portfolio management shared services to agencies throughout the federal government, and has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for Financial Management.  

August 5, 2020

Herndon, Virginia-based Peraton was awarded multiple new and expanded contracts for systems development and mission capability integration. The contracts, according to the company, are worth approximately $188 million, and support U.S. government customers. “By fusing our passion for national security with our depth of experience, Peraton regularly contributes to outcomes that meet and exceed our customers’ current and future mission requirements,” said Mike King, Peraton’s chief growth officer. “We are honored to support a comprehensive array of nationally-critical efforts. Our work goes beyond providing technology and solutions; we are deeply committed to the success and long-term sustainability of our customers’ missions.”

July 28, 2020

Denver-based CenturyLink, Inc. has secured a contract with the State of Arizona to provide network connectivity and managed information technology services to support the state's agencies and transform how the state delivers services to residents. Under the five-year AZNet contract, CenturyLink will provide local and wide area network management, WiFi, security, unified voice communications, contact center communications, IT management, data center and cloud-based services, according to a company

January 22, 2020

The Department of Labor (DOL) picked Washington, DC-based TCG, Inc. to support modernization of information technology services in three key areas: enterprise data management, business process management, and customer service delivery framework, the company reported. Under the $110 million Blanket Purchase Agreement, which included eight other awardees​, TCG will support DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) through 2025. WHD's key areas for modernization include enforcement, financial operations, wage determinations, certification, and public-facing web applications.

The contract’s nine awardees will assist in:

October 18, 2019

The General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Chief Information Officer selected Washington, DC-based TCG, Inc. to provide support to the Office of Public Buildings Information Technology Services’ (PB-ITS) Project Management Office. The GSA Public Buildings Service manages nearly 8,700 government-owned and leased buildings in U.S. states and territories. Under the multiple-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA), which has a ceiling of $75 million and runs through September 2024, TCG will help PB-ITS in managing its complex IT environment, help enhance the Project Management Office’s processes and facilitate agile implementation while increasing quality service to customers across the government, according to the company.

July 31, 2019

McLean, Virginia-based Capgemini announced on July 31 that it would be supporting the government’s information technology (IT) modernization efforts. The General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the company a contract under a new multiple-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA), the Centers of Excellence Discovery and Assessment BPA for Cloud Adoption and IT Infrastructure Optimization.

July 11, 2019

Reston-based Electrosoft* announced on July 11 that it will be part of the $20 billion Chief Information Officer–Solutions and Partners 3 Small Business (CIO-SP3 SB) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). The award is a 10-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract that provides federal agencies access to a full range of information technology (IT) services and solutions.

June 26, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Ron Schmelzer and Kathleen Walch (r), who both are managing partners and principal analysts at Cognilytica and spoke at the recent AI World Government conference, advise that not every information technology problem can be solved by using artificial intelligence systems.

With the explosion of artificial intelligence onto the computing scene again, the hype about the technology continues to grow. Making sense of how to employ artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can still be difficult, however, experts reasoned Monday at the AI World Government conference, held in Washington, D.C., June 24-26.

June 11, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Woodbridge, Virginia-based Sev1Tech a five-year task order to provide the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) agency with cloud infrastructure and information technology modernization services, the company announced recently. Under the contract, Sev1Tech will extend the agency's use of cloud technology from cloud service provider (CSP) Amazon Web Services. Sev1Tech will assist with the use of CSP products and service offerings, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

May 6, 2019

McLean, Virginia-based Dovel Technologies announced that it had secured funding from Macquarie Capital that will enable the company to expand across federal government, health information technology, life sciences and grants management business lines. T​he capital infusion will be used to broaden the company's federal support in biomedical informatics, scientific research and development, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, and full lifecycle grants management and administration, according to the announcement. Dovel grew 60 percent annually between 2011 and 2017, transitioning from a small business to a successful mid-tier business with annual revenues of more than $200 million in 2018.

April 9, 2019

Telecommunications company CenturyLink, Inc. recently won a contract to provide network services to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under a task order as part of the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program, the company reported. ​As part of the effort, CenturyLink will provide core backbone network connectivity to NASA at speeds up to 100 Gbps. CenturyLink became the first supplier to receive authority to operate under GSA's 15-year, $50 billion EIS program last month, enabling it to be eligible for EIS task order awards.

March 6, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Marshals Service, the nation’s first federal law enforcement agency, works to protect the judicial process, apprehend fugitives and transport federal prisoners, and needs advanced digital technologies that can keep up, says CIO Karl Mathias. Credit: AFCEA NOVA

As the chief information officer and an assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service, Karl Mathias spends 75 percent to 80 percent of his time on the day-to-day information technology needs of the agency. In order to focus on developing new technologies, he would rather decrease that time, by leveraging advanced technologies that can help “keep the lights on, so to speak, the circuits alive, and the laptops running, patched and secure.”

March 5, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Intelligence community (IC) leaders, led by Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, testify before the U.S. Senate as to the growing threats the country is facing from non-state and state actors. The IC’s CIO, John Sherman, is calling for urgency in developing U.S. capabilities, so the country will not be surpassed by adversaries' use of cyber, artificial intelligence and other technologies. Credit: ODNI

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s John Sherman, chief information officer (CIO) of the intelligence community, is alarmed about the shifting geopolitical forces around the world.

In his position since September 2017, Sherman is leading the flagship integration of the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise, known as IC ITE (and pronounced like eyesight), which has been a six-year effort to modernize the information technology (IT) for the 17 member agencies of the intelligence community (IC).

February 28, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: GreenTech/Shutterstock

Commercial cloud offers the federal government access to a dynamic computing environment almost immediately, with services or capabilities they may not have previously had access to during the time of having to purchase all of the hardware, software and infrastructure themselves. However, the roll out to the cloud for the government has not come quickly or easily, experts say.

January 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood

The federal government’s comfort level with the cloud improves, due in part to standards and more offerings from commercial cloud providers.

Although it is already ubiquitous in the private sector, cloud computing has had a slow adoption by the federal government. That trend is shifting, an expert says, as the federal government, as well as state and local governments, employ more cloud computing.

November 13, 2018

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded a five-year, $40 million contract to Woodbridge, Virginia-based Sev1Tech to support CBP's ​Enterprise Network Architecture and Engineering Support Services (ENAESS) program. The program supports CBP’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT), Enterprise Networks and Technology Support Directorate (ENTSD), and Network Architecture and Engineering Division (NAED). Sev1Tech will provide information technology service management tools, automation, and analytics to help CBP's network and security infrastructure run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

September 5, 2018


Catapult Health Technology Group, Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $9,681,170 modification (P00023) to contract W911QX-15-F-0014 for information technology support services for the U.S. Army research laboratory. Work will be performed in Adelphi, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation; and operations maintenance, Army funds in the combined amount of $3,776,151 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

July 13, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Internal Revenue Service must include technological innovation as it tackles its Congressional mandates, such as tax reform, says Kevin Bierschenk, acting director, Enterprise Program Controls, IRS.

Faced with a decreasing workforce, budgetary challenges and the annual mammoth effort of collecting, processing and enforcing the nation’s taxation, U.S. Department of Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is also implementing the tax reform Congress mandated in December under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the largest tax reform in 30 years. At the same time, the bureau must innovate to continuously improve the taxpayer experience and lessen the burden of filing taxes, said IRS leaders at the IRS Fiscal Year 2018 Industry Conversation event on July 10 in Washington, DC.

March 12, 2018

The Government Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a contract to IPT Associates, a service disabled veteran-owned small business. Under the Veterans Technology Services 2 (VETS 2) Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), the company will provide a broad range of information technology (IT) services, including cloud migration, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. VETS 2 is the only GWAC to be set-aside exclusively for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses, and is a multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a $5 billion ceiling over 10 years.

February 28, 2018

Dayton, Ohio-based Evanhoe & Associates, Inc.* reported recently that GSA awarded the company a contract under GSA's Alliant 2 small business government-wide acquisition vehicle. The company will provide ​information technology (IT) services to the federal government, including common IT needs as well as new or emerging IT services. The Alliant 2 contract is a multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) vehicle that provides information technology solutions through performance of a broad range of services which may include the integration of various technologies critical to the services being acquired. The vehicle has a five-year base period with one, five-year option period and a $15 billion ceiling.

September 18, 2017

​The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $4.8 million contract award to the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) of Herndon, Virginia, to apply cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to first responders and the commercial marketplace. The award was jointly announced by DHS and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the inaugural meeting of the Governor’s Smart Communities Working Group in Arlington, Virginia. Awarded via S&T’s Long Range Broad Agency Announcement solicitation, the two-year effort is meant to foster collaboration at all levels of government in order to make the nation’s cities smarter and citizens safer.

July 5, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

The results of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard, released by the Government Accountability Office in June, revealed many agencies continue to face challenges. For the first time since Congress began composing the biannual scorecard, more agency grades declined than improved.

Five agencies dropped a full letter grade, including the Departments of Defense, Interior and Labor; the Office of Personnel Management; and the Social Security Administration.

November 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine


Globecomm Systems Incorporated, Hauppauge, New York, recently upgraded the National Weather Service’s Advanced Interactive Processing System, an information processing, display and telecommunications system that is the cornerstone of the National Weather Service modernization and restructuring.

November 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

GSA extends mandate to deliver digital data, leading federal agencies in deploying newest new media.

Using both technology solutions and training initiatives, the General Services Administration is assisting other federal agencies in providing easy-to-locate and clearly written information both on the Web and through other data sources.