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2:35 pm, August 29, 2014

Jason Miller Reports

Jason Miller covers civilian agencies in the federal government with a focus on technology and acquisition. He is also an executive editor at Federal News Radio. Jason's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

Obama nominates Bob Work to be No. 2 at DoD

Robert Work will return to the Defense Department for a third tour of duty. He was in the Marines for 27 years and served almost four years as undersecretary of the Navy.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 02:59pm EST

TechAmerica lawsuit against ITI Council to move forward

A judge rules that the $5 million complaint can move into the discovery phase. ITI Council returns more than 60,000 pages of documents to TechAmerica.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 01:01pm EST

EPA receives high praise for innovation with water data

EPA's "How's My Waterway?" app earned the most votes out of eight finalists in ACT-IAC's Igniting Innovation awards. The site takes public data, simplifies it and adds new technology to make it easier to find and use by the public.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 03:51am EST
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IGs to propose cyber maturity model to better gauge federal cyber health

The goal is to more accurately evaluate the security of the government's computer networks and systems. These efforts could bring more consistency to the cyber auditing process and engender more confidence in its results.

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:45am EST
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Agencies experiencing a widening cybersecurity reality gap

The inconsistent way inspectors general review the security of federal networks and computers is causing uncertainty around what is working and what isn't in the federal government. A recent State Department IG management alert is a prime example of this growing disconnect.

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 04:54am EST
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DHS prevails in the first of many EAGLE II protests

The Government Accountability Office Monday denied the protest of ICF International, saying DHS' "evaluation was reasonable and in accord with the terms of the solicitation."

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 03:34am EST

GSA releases RFP for round 3 of office supplies strategic sourcing contract

GSA expects to make as many as 21 awards under the contract, which is estimated to be worth $1.25 billion over five years.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:36pm EST

Connolly, Eshoo release draft IT procurement bill

Reps. Eshoo, Connolly take on IT procurement reforms by floating a draft bill.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:07pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: January 31, 2014

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller brings you IT news you might have missed.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 03:34pm EST

OMB's IT passback loses its luster, changes its goals

Multiple CIOs say the annual budget guidance is tame without any new priorities or programs.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 03:30pm EST

Shuffling chairs in senior IT positions

New CIO at EPA; GSA gets another OMB detailee.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:42pm EST

DHS revs up its part of the cyber executive order

Phyllis Schneck, the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS, said the department will release a voluntary cyber program on Feb. 14 as part of the deliverables under President Barack Obama's 2013 Executive Order. Schneck said among her top priorities is to continue to build a trust relationship with the assorted public and private sector stakeholders.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 04:11am EST
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DHS management chief Borras to return to private sector

Rafael Borras, the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, is stepping down after almost four years on the job.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:28pm EST

Railroad Retirement Board sets strategy to move off COBOL

Ram Murthy, the RRB chief information officer, is following a four-year IT enterprise roadmap to modernize his agency's back-office systems.
January 30, 2014

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 10:42am EST
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Recommendations attempt to raise acquisition, cyber consciousness

GSA and DoD release six suggestions for how to better integrate cybersecurity in the acquisition progress. The recommendations are one of the deliverables under the cyber Executive Order President Obama signed last February. GSA will release a RFI in the coming weeks to let industry and others comment on how best to begin implementation.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 04:20am EST
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Agencies settling in on better privacy controls

More agencies are recognizing the growing importance of keeping data private after recent information leaks and cyber breaches. The Federal Trade Commission is among the agencies at the head of the pack and is relying on best practices.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 03:45am EST
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Obama offers few insights for feds in State of the Union

President Barack Obama did not address federal IT and procurement reforms during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he did call for a review of all federal training programs. He also reiterated the need to speed up federal permitting and the continued reduction of the backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 10:50pm EST
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White House calls for major changes to DATA Act

The Office of Management and Budget's markup of the Senate's version of the bill changes language around requiring data standards and how the information should be published. Open government advocates are concerned about OMB's suggestions.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 05:31pm EST
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OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta called Justice's case an "egregious violation of the public trust." OPM has taken steps to reform and improve the oversight of the security clearance system to prevent future "dumping" of cases.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 12:33pm EST

House Veterans Committee adds latest VA cyber breach to ongoing investigations

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants answers from the Veterans Affairs Department after its latest privacy and cyber breach of the data of more than 5,000 veterans through its eBenefits portal. VA says it has fixed the software defect and its Data Breach Core Team is investigating what happened.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 03:57am EST
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