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11:33 am, 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.

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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For 2013, CFC focusing on the people behind the money

Federal employees can start donating to the more than 4,000 charities under the Combined Federal Campaign. One of the goals of the CFC is to increase the number of people giving to charities, not just reaching a dollar threshold.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 04:11pm EDT

OFPP to hold acquisition workers more accountable for training

Joe Jordan, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, issued a memo requiring civilian agencies to use the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System to track how acquisition workers are meeting certification requirements. Agencies have several deadlines over the next year to input data into the system.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:33am EDT

USPS augments computer network to handle ever-expanding services

The Postal Service hired AT&T under two contracts worth a combined $53.5 million to improve the bandwidth and cybersecurity of back-end infrastructure. AT&T will provide MTIPS under the Trusted Internet Connections initiative.

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 08:28pm EDT
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Cloud gives agencies a leg up in FOIA deluge

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency each put their respective Freedom of Information Act systems in a private-sector cloud. HUD said it's saving as much as 25 percent a year as compared to its in-house system. OCC said it's answering requests more quickly and effectively.

Friday - 08/23/2013, 05:53am EDT
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Agency-level protest of GSA's OASIS contract moves forward

GSA's protest official denies the general counsel's claim that Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co. doesn't have standing and is not an interested party. Oral arguments are set for Aug. 29.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 02:10pm EDT

Medicaid commission fine tuning cloud services after early adoption

Mathew Chase, the chief information officer of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), said he's revisiting how the organization uses infrastructure and software tools in the cloud to ensure they are efficient and can meet its needs during data surges.
August 22, 2013

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 01:41pm EDT
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DoD to unite IT, building control systems along same cyber lines

The Defense chief information officer is expected to update one directive to expand the number and type of devices that must meet the military's cybersecurity requirements. The Pentagon also will issue a second revised directive to move DoD closer to civilian agencies around risk management of IT systems.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 05:55am EDT
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USPS chooses vendor to take identity management to the cloud

SecureKey Technologies will build a portal in the cloud to handle the identity management process and connect one username or password or digital certificate to many services. The contract is worth $15.1 million over three years.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 08:29pm EDT

DHS pitches cyber projects to Silicon Valley, eyes commercialization

Eight cutting-edge technologies developed by the government are being shown off this week to venture capitalists and investors in Silicon Valley, with the hope of attracting someone to take the applications to market.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 05:48am EDT
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NASA, industry helped cook up the final RFP for SEWP V

The space agency releases the solicitation for the next version of the $10 billion IT hardware and services contract. Proposals are due in about eight weeks.

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 03:41pm EDT

DHS appoints Schneck to senior cyber position

Phyllis Schneck is the new deputy undersecretary of cybersecurity in the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. She replaces Mark Weatherford, who left in April.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 10:45am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: A new job for a former VA senior official; Countdown to cloud credential pilot begins

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

Friday - 08/16/2013, 07:08pm EDT

Hackers break into Energy's computer networks, put employees at risk

The Energy Department confirmed 14,000 current and former employees are at risk of identity theft as cyber attackers gained access to their personal information. This is at least the second hacking incident this year.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 04:36pm EDT

OPM asking feds' opinions of their health, wellness benefits

OPM has kicked off its bi-annual Federal Employee Benefits Survey in an effort to measure the importance, adequacy and value of employee benefits to ensure that available assistance aligns with best practices and employee needs.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 03:09pm EDT

NASA brings new attitude to stimulate IT innovation

Sasi Pillay, NASA's chief technology officer, said the IT Labs program wants rapid, low-cost, low-risk projects to improve the space agency's use of technology. NASA is in its third year of the effort, which has produced several potential breakthroughs, including one for RFID and a secure computing environment.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 06:10am EDT
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OPM updates relocation, retention and recruitment regs

The final rule issued in Wednesday's Federal Register requires agencies to recertify recruitment incentives annually. Relocation and retention rules affecting federal employees have also been updated.

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 03:57pm EDT

White House IP coordinator Espinel steps down

Victoria Espinel left Aug. 9 after spending more than four years as the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski will serve in an acting role until the White House names a new coordinator.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 08:53pm EDT

DHS to standardize cyber protections through new contract

DHS awards 17 vendors a spot on the continuous diagnostics and mitigation contract. Agencies can now access a common set of tools and services to improve how they monitor and secure their computer networks.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 11:51am EDT
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