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Nick Wakeman

Editor-in-Chief, Washington Technology

Nick Wakeman
Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology and joined the publication in 1996 as a staff writer. He's a graduate of Bridgewater College and earned a masters degree from American University. When he isn't writing about government contractors, he's thinking of cooking large pieces of meat over fire and dreaming of ways to embarrass his two sons. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman
Contracts

CIO-SP4 lawsuits continue to pile up

More companies have gone to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims with complaints over how the $50 billion IT vehicle is being managed.

Contracts

GSA's new approach to Polaris could help some joint ventures

The General Services Administration has received affirmation on how it wants to score mentor-protege joint ventures that are pursuing this government-wide IT vehicle.

Contracts

How and why Jacobs lost a $2.8B incumbent contract

A newly-released bid protest decision describes one significant mistake by Jacobs, but also includes allegations of information being shared because the business unit involved is part of a complex merger.

Contracts

Library of Congress told to redo $450M agile software contract

The Government Accountability Office found problems with evaluations, the best value tradeoff process and poor documentation.

Contracts

GSA begins work on new telecom strategy

The General Services Administration wants industry input on what today's telecommunications and IT trends are, plus insights on the challenges they faced while transitioning to the current Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

Contracts

CIO-SP4 faces more court challenges

In the meantime, the National Institutes of Health's IT acquisition arm has extended the current contract into the fall.

Contracts

FBI pushes back award date for $7B IT pact

Protests continue to dog the blanket purchase agreement called ITSSS-2, through which the FBI will buy a broad range of IT services.

Companies

Veritas Technologies agrees to merge data business with Cohesity

The companies are touting this new and larger data protection business as increasing research investments, customer access and partnerships.

Contracts

Polaris small business contract gets green light to move forward

The General Services Administration successfully fends off a pair of protests and can finally move on making awards for the IT solutions vehicle.

Contracts

GovTribe's Top 20 contracts for February

These opportunities are generating the most activity on GovTribe, based on an analysis of traffic on the website.

Opinion

Our next Power Breakfast explores the new National Defense Industrial Strategy

Danielle Miller, a Defense Department official and one of the strategy's authors, will share insights into the strategy and what comes next at our Feb. 16 event.

Companies

Rescale draws on investor to bring in public sector leader

Kiley Naas has moved over from a venture capital firm that backs the supercomputing-on-demand company to lead its government arm.

Contracts

Space Force leans on OTAs to bring innovation

The four-year-old service branch is looking to lower the barriers for small businesses and non-traditional companies to offer space-related solutions.

Contracts

Jacobs loses fight to keep $2.8B Special Operations IT contract

All of the incumbent's claims were rejected and that clears the way for the transition to a new prime.

Contracts

SAIC protests elimination from $1.3B NASA IT competition

The company is the incumbent on several contracts that are being bundled into this single-award task order.

Contracts

Army updates Common Hardware Systems program to streamline purchases

The Army overhauled the four-decade old program with the goal of making it easier for buyers to purchase ruggedized commercial technology for use in the tactical space.

Podcasts

WT 360: CMMC lessons from the voluntary assessment program

Derek Kernus explains how his company went through the Defense Department's assessment process for complying with the standards at the heart of CMMC, the rule that will lay out how contractors protect information on their systems.

Contracts

Veterans Affairs to again rethink $400M file conversion contract

GovCIO continues to challenge VA's choice of General Dynamics IT and the department has opted to look at the award again.

Opinion

CMMC's effective date appears likely to be early 2025

The Defense Department needs to adjudicate comments and Congress needs to review the final rule on how contractors protect information before the standard takes effect.

Companies

Maximus adds former Leidos exec to C-suite

Derrick Pledger will lead technology modernization and enterprise IT strategies in a newly-created role at Maximus.