Chris Smith

  • Agencies fell well short of goal to award next-generation telecom task orders

    Agencies expected to award 58 task orders under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract by March 31, but instead awarded 10, putting the $50 billion program on a path similar to the last telecommunications transition debacle.

  • Will the latest deadline begin to change the trajectory of GSA’s EIS program?

    Five of the nine EIS vendors raised concerns about the delays in releasing task orders under EIS, about what the solicitations are asking for and the quality of the requirements detailed in the documents saying the transition is taking on too much of a Networx-like flavor.

  • With only 18% of next-gen telecom solicitations out the door, GSA’s deadline is at risk

    Agencies have released only 23 of the expected 127 solicitations under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract so far and GSA set a Sept. 30 deadline for all RFPs to be out the door.

  • Executive Briefing Series: Mobile Security

    In this exclusive executive briefing, federal security and IT practitioners will discuss the state of mobile cybersecurity and their strategies for dealing with it.

  • Why USDA’s IT modernization effort is different this time

    Gary Washington, the chief information officer at the Agriculture Department said the commitment from agency leadership, the White House and the program offices to modernize systems and applications is why he is confident about the future.

  • Contracting officers must now put language prohibiting Kaspersky products and services in solicitations

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council creates a new rule to enforce the Homeland Security Department’s ban on Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity company

  • Leading the Future: Delivering Tomorrow’s Defense Network Today. Part 6.

    The DoD needs to revamp 15,000 networks. Where do they begin? With commercial technologies, like software-defined networking.

    In this six-part series, industry innovators and leaders discuss how creating the defense network of the future can significantly advance warfighter initiatives today. Newer technologies bolster security for mission-critical data and applications, while streamlining operational costs.

  • House Republicans come out of political closet

    Nine bold House Republicans have challenged the White House plan to cut federal retirement benefits by $149 billion.

  • Virtualization in a Collaborative Information Sharing Environment

    The Intelligence and National Security Alliance convened a breakfast forum to host the panel discussion, “Virtualization in Collaborative Information Sharing Environment” to discuss the benefits of virtualization and how the public and private sectors can best work together to share information.

  • Chris Smith, AT&T Government Solutions

    A flurry of cybersecurity bills passed through Congress after six years of no legal progress at all on the cyber front. Individually, none of the five cyber bills stand out above the rest. That’s according to Chris Smith, vice president of for technology at AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it’s the passage of all five at once that’s significant.