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11:46 pm, July 31, 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.

VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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Defense authorization bill leaves out reforms to federal IT acquisition

The annual policy legislation also doesn't merge the DoD CIO and deputy chief management officer.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 02:10pm EST

Intelink-U's acceptance of HSPD-12 cards boosts identity management

Employees at the departments of Treasury, Homeland Security and State can use their HSPD-12 smart cards to log onto the intelligence community's unclassified sharing platform. Most recently, the departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will have access to the tools and applications through their smart identity cards.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:14am EST
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Associations press House to change cyber supply chain law

More than a dozen industry technology and business groups are asking the House to adopt language in the Senate's Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill that would focus on risk when buying technology products and services from companies that have connections to China.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:22pm EST

White House says agencies slowly meeting open data milestones

Seven months after the White House issued a new policy and executive order, some agencies have met the requirements to release their data inventories and create a "/data" page. But many agencies have yet to follow through on the milestones.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 11:08am EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Labor pinched by poor cloud contracting; Financial shared services progresses

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 06:47am EST

AFGE, NTEU try to stave off changes to retirement benefits

The two employee unions say lawmakers shouldn't make up for sequestration cuts by forcing federal employees to contribute more to their retirement. House and Senate legislators are working on a small-scale budget deal that reportedly includes a provision to alter federal retirement benefits.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 04:07am EST

Andrews alters Peace Corps' approach to improving business processes

Dorine Andrews, the Peace Corps CIO, said her office is working more closely with the mission areas to use technology on the front end to do business process reengineering.
December 5, 2013

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 11:11am EST
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OFPP's proposed increase in contractor salary cap upsets all

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:27am EST

Back to the Future: Bring back the Raines Rules for IT procurement?

Two key contributors to the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act say there is nothing wrong with the current IT management laws. Agencies and Congress just need to improve how they implement and enforce the IT management directives set out by the law. The Senate is expected to pass the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act next week.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:46am EST
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GSA kicks off 3rd generation of strategic sourcing for office supplies

GSA issued a draft solicitation for the Office supplies 3 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract Nov. 25 that puts more emphasis on small businesses, including consortiums, and would not be based on Schedule special item numbers.

Monday - 12/02/2013, 02:28pm EST
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ITI seeks dismissal of TechAmerica lawsuit, calling claims 'fatally flawed'

The IT Industry Council asked the DC Superior Court to dismiss charges filed by TechAmerica against the trade organization and three employees. ITI's lawyer said TechAmerica's allegations lack evidence and do not meet the standards of law. TechAmerica pushes back against ITI's request for dismissal saying each of the allegations can be backed up by facts.

Monday - 12/02/2013, 04:08am EST
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PM-ISE shepherds secure data sharing tool from validation to expansion

Through the back-end attribute exchange, agencies can have a standard way for different organizations to safely and securely share sensitive information. The Justice Department conducted a pilot earlier this year and found success with state and local law enforcement agencies accessing the Regional Information Sharing System.

Friday - 11/29/2013, 05:00am EST
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Smithsonian boosts network, tools to meet increasing digital demands

Deron Burba, the Smithsonian's CIO, said the organization will launch 3-D technology this fall to let researchers and others explore digital images like never before.
November 28, 2013

Thursday - 11/28/2013, 12:17pm EST
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EPA, GSA want help in applying commercial standards to green purchasing

The agencies issued draft guidelines on how best to assess non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace for use in government. Comments are due in February.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 12:33pm EST

Rep. Connolly says momentum is building for IT procurement reforms

Sen. Jean Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced an amendment to the upper chamber's version of the Defense Authorization Act that closely mirrors the House's Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. The House passed its version in June. The White House still hasn't officially weighed in on FITARA.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 04:11am EST
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White House pressed to fix 'broken' declassification system

The Public Interest Declassification Board wants high-level attention to address ever-increasing shortcomings in the way agencies classify and declassify documents. The system is considered by many broken and now is being inundated by electronic records. The National Declassification Center has completed equity referral quality assurance on 278 million pages, and completed all processing of more than 118 million pages of this backlog.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:48am EST

CIO Council committee presses innovation forward

Margie Graves, the co-chairwoman of the Innovation Committee and deputy CIO at the Homeland Security Department, said the committee is focusing on three areas: Open data, data analytical tools and public-private partnerships to help agencies improve mission outcomes.
November 21, 2013

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 09:36am EST
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Demand for data-driven models supplies agencies with decision making power

More and better information is getting to be the driving force behind spending and program decisions across the government. OMB is requiring agencies to update strategic plans and objectives based on their analysis of program and back-office data.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 04:40am EST
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GSA to bring Microsoft under strategic sourcing umbrella

The agency issues a request for quotes to Schedule 70 vendors to provide 10 different software and services.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 06:22pm EST
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