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8:59 am, July 28, 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.

Coburn asks for details on year-end spending spree

OMB Director Sylvia Burwell received a letter from Sen. Tom Coburn earlier this month asking for the facts and figures on how agencies are spending acquisition funds in the fourth quarter.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:31am EDT

GSA faces third protest of OASIS solicitation

Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co. has now filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office a week after losing its agency-level protest over what the company says restricts competition in the professional services governmentwide contract.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:20pm EDT

OMB gives agencies more control over financial management systems

The White House updates Circular A-123 to include a new appendix to address federal financial management systems. OMB expects the new regulations to let agencies focus on a smaller-scale, risk-based approach to improving financial systems.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 02:30pm EDT

DHS continuous monitoring program faces legislative, budget challenges

Suzanne Spaulding, the nominee to be the deputy undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told Senate lawmakers DHS had to reduce the number of federal devices that will be covered by the CDM program because of budget shortfalls.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 07:34pm EDT

USDA expands its IT tent in effort to consolidate systems

Cheryl Cook, the Agriculture Department's chief information officer, said she's focusing on governance to improve mobile computing and reduce duplication among IT programs.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 02:55pm EDT
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GSA declares end to cube farms, unveils new approach to office space

DHS, HHS, Interior and USDA all are on board to try out the Total Workplace initiative that focuses on open spaces, hotelling and mobile employees. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said a new approach to office space will save money and improve how agencies meet their missions.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 05:44am EDT
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Navy sets up multiple avenues for survivors, employees to get help

Ed Cannon, the Navy's director of fleet and family readiness program, said the service deployed its special psychiatric rapid intervention team to provide assistance to employees who survived the tragedy at the Navy Yard.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 06:02am EDT
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OMB following a familiar path as it shapes new financial internal controls

The Office of Federal Financial Management is updating Circular A-123 to focus on risk management and data-driven decision-making. OFFM also plans on rescinding the financial systems requirements circular, A-127, in the coming weeks.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 05:44am EDT
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INSIDE THE REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: FEMA to name Gardner as CIO; new DHS CIO close; NASA struggles with HSPD-12

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

Monday - 09/16/2013, 06:12am EDT

GSA prevails in agency-level protest of OASIS

Agency protest official ruled that the protester, Aljucar, Anvil-Incus, Inc., failed to show the restriction over joint ventures was unreasonable. Aljucar, Anvil-Incus, Inc. plans to file another protest with GAO in the coming weeks.

Monday - 09/16/2013, 05:32am EDT

GSA plans to stop providing HR shared services

The General Services Administration will focus on its core mission and let others provide payroll and human resources services. The decision comes as shared services is gaining momentum as OPM is pumping some energy back into the HR line of business, and the Interior will release a new geospatial platform to host data and applications.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 06:06am EDT
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GSA picks second vendor to provide e-travel services

After three years and multiple protests, the contract for the second generation e-travel system finally is decided. GSA awards CWTSato to compete with Concur Technologies to provide a travel management system to agencies.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 05:46am EDT

NWS getting out of commodity IT through cloud, shared services

Iftikhar Jamil, the associate chief information officer for weather at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the National Weather Service moved its high performance computing capabilities to a private cloud and is developing dissemination-as-a-service.
September 12, 2013

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 07:56pm EDT
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Analysis: Cobert must avoid second term pitfalls

Experts say Beth Cobert must take the Goldilocks approach to developing management priorities for the next three years. President Barack Obama nominated Cobert to be OMB's deputy director for management Wednesday. Performance management observers say she needs to bring energy and new ways of looking at old problems.

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 05:41am EDT
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DHS S&T director O'Toole leaving

Tara O'Toole, the undersecretary of science and technology at the Homeland Security Department, announced she will step down after more than four years leading research and development efforts at the agency.

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 05:55pm EDT

Push for more federal data transparency gaining momentum on Capitol Hill

House leaders say the DATA Act has a good chance at becoming law this session. Support for the bill from the Senate and the White House seems to be increasing.

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 11:50am EDT
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Obama nominates McKinsey consultant as deputy director for management

If confirmed by the Senate, Beth Cobert would become the DDM and lead the second term management agenda. Obama nominated deputy secretaries at VA and Education, and senior officials at the Navy and State.

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 08:30pm EDT

Intel Community offers first glimpse of future IT tools, network

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the lead agencies under the IC IT Enterprise program launched a standard desktop, a secure community cloud and an apps store in mid-August. Al Tarasiuk, the assistant DNI and intelligence community chief information officer, said the key to this effort was having an ICwide agreed-upon security architecture and policies.

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 09:00am EDT
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OFPP applying strategic sourcing concept to acquisition training

Joe Jordan, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator, said the Federal Acquisition Council on Training will oversee several initiatives, including developing a new contract for all agencies to buy acquisition training from. He said the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System eventually will be a one-stop shop for all acquisition workforce training needs.

Monday - 09/09/2013, 06:14am EDT
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FERC putting mobility at the center of IT upgrades

Sanjay Sardar, FERC's chief information officer, said the agency is building from the Telework Enhancements Act of 2010 to increase access to data and apps.
September 5, 2013

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 06:46pm EDT
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