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5:25 am, September 1, 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.

Rep. Issa adds tech companies to list of HealthCare.gov inquiries

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters to Verizon Enterprise Inc., Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia asking if they are part of the administration's "tech surge" to fix the Affordable Care Act portal.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 02:49pm EDT

DHS CFO Sherry heading to the IRS

Peggy Sherry will become the deputy commissioner for operations support at the IRS as of Nov. 4. She is the fourth executive to come to the IRS since the service's scandal broke earlier this summer.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 12:30pm EDT

NIST's cyber framework moves toward implementation stage

NIST issues the industry-developed final draft approach to help critical infrastructure providers secure their computer systems. The agency is accepting comments over the next couple of months and will issue a version 1.0 of the framework in February. Industry offered mixed reactions to the framework. Some said it's too broad while others said it provides a set of agreed upon basic cyber protections.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 04:10am EDT
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House Republicans press OMB for details on its oversight of HealthCare.gov

In a letter to federal CIO Steve VanRoekel and federal CTO Todd Park, Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairmen want documents and information on whether the program went under a TechStat review and whether the White House made decisions that impacted the use of federal IT best practices.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 01:29pm EDT

Industry, not government, must lead in sharing cyber threats, expert says

Jason Healey, the director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative for the Atlantic Council, endorsed an approach that would turn how government and the private sector work together to battle cyber threats on its head.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 04:03am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Acquisition, IT trends; Is cybersecurity awareness month still necessary?

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

Friday - 10/18/2013, 05:37pm EDT

Cobert takes her place as OMB's deputy director for management

Beth Cobert is on the job as the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate confirmed Cobert and 24 other nominees late Wednesday night.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 05:27pm EDT

UPDATED: What Jeh Johnson's nomination means for DHS

President Barack Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He has no discernible experience working in the homeland security sector.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 03:57am EDT

DHS, SANS Institute join forces to give agencies cyber primer

Federal employees are eligible for a free one-day training session in early November on implementing continuous monitoring. The goal is to help agencies make good use of the continuous diagnostics and monitoring contract DHS awarded in August.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 03:40am EDT
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Federal CIOs pessimistic about the impact of IT as budgets flatten

A new survey by the TechAmerica Foundation found civilian and Defense technology spending over the next five years will go flat. Federal IT managers say the lack of new money means innovation and upgrades will slow or even stop.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 05:56pm EDT
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Cyber expert Spafford calls for more manager, employee accountability

Eugene Spafford, a professor of computer science at Purdue University, and the executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), a campus-wide institute for cybersecurity, said feds need to be held responsible for cyber problems and that would help improve the overall security state of the government.
October 17, 2013

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 02:26pm EDT
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Agencies delaying more RFPs, industry days as shutdown persists

Govini, a market analysis and research firm, found agencies amended slightly more acquisitions this year as compared to last year -- 2.6 percent compared to 2 percent. But the average delay in 2013 compared to 2012 was 11 days longer -- 15 days compared to four days.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:25am EDT

Small businesses carrying weight of shutdown on their payrolls

Many small and large businesses are turning to cash reserves to pay bills, including employee salaries, as the government stops processing invoices. There could be a silver lining for some, as the government may be liable for the cost of a shutdown-related stop work order under specific types of contracts.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 04:16am EDT
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8 agencies commit to using next strategic sourcing contracts

The General Services Administration issued two request for quotes for janitorial and sanitation supplies and equipment, and for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) equipment and supplies. Agencies spend almost $2 billion on these services annually.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 02:49pm EDT

Morin paints challenging way ahead for Air Force's audit readiness

Jamie Morin, the outgoing comptroller and President Barack Obama's nominee to be DoD's second director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, told lawmakers Thursday that the Air Force would struggle to meet the 2014 financial management deadline. Jo Ann Rooney, the nominee to be undersecretary of the Navy, said furloughs from sequestration and the government shutdown have delayed progress on several programs.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:27pm EDT
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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.
October 10, 2013

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 12:17pm EDT
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Fed groups get in front of COLA calculation debate

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the American Foreign Service Association and others rally against any potential or real proposals to change how the government calculates cost of living adjustments. The groups propose using the CPI-E formula to measure the impact of inflation on retirees, veterans and others.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 05:57am EDT
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DoD gives industry homework around e-health records, intel IT services

DoD's Health Management Systems Modernization Program seeks input from vendors on the current capabilities of electronic health records in the commercial market. The Defense Intelligence Agency issued a draft request for proposals in late September for the multiple-award Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (E-SITE) contract, which could be worth $6 billion.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 02:08pm EDT

CFOs at tipping point due to fewer resources, more requirements

A new survey by the Association of Government Accountants and Grant Thornton finds federal CFOs and their staffs have only enough time, money and know-how to do the basics around financial management. Agency financial managers are frustrated with having to face ever-increasing mandates with fewer people.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 06:11am EDT
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VA retains the decider role over veteran-owned status protests

In an interim final rule issued last week in the Federal Register, VA announced it would not cede the control of deciding on socio-economic status protests to the Small Business Administration. VA moved the decision authority to the director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise instead of the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Monday - 10/07/2013, 05:47pm EDT
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