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12:43 am, November 26, 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.

Archuleta studying best ways to ensure OPM continues HR evolution

Katherine Archuleta has spent her first few months as director at the Office of Personnel Management learning, listening and asking questions to figure out how to ensure continuous improvement. Archuleta said she expects a new plan to improve the agency's technology by the end of February.

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 04:16am EST
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Virginia Rep. Moran to retire at the end of his term

A staunch defender of federal employee issues will leave after 23 years in the House of Representatives.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 10:22am EST

Post conference scandals, agencies struggle to find balance

OMB reported agencies avoided spending $3 billion on travel and conferences in 2013 as compared to 2010. Senate lawmakers are concerned how to ensure agencies don't slide back into old habits of lavish spending on conferences.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:09am EST
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GAO, OMB still not seeing eye-to-eye on pace of IT Dashboard updates

The Government Accountability Office dinged OMB yet again for having updated information in the IT Dashboard only in nine of the last 24 months. OMB said the information is pre-decisional and therefore can't be made public.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 09:28am EST

Online Chat: Dave Bowen, Defense Health Agency

Dave Bowen, the director of health care IT and CIO of the Defense Health Agency, joined Federal News Radio for an online chat on Monday, Jan. 13. View the archived discussion now.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 03:32pm EST

Turnover in GSA's senior ranks continues

Dennis Papula, director for management and strategy in the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, becomes the fifth senior executive to leave in the last week. He is moving to the Federal Trade Commission.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 10:54am EST

Coburn to Congress: Look in the mirror for the cause of waste

Sen. Tom Coburn told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that Congress isn't doing its job and that's the root cause of much of the waste in government. Rep. Darrell Issa promised to work with Coburn and Sen. Tom Carper on legislation to reduce overlapping programs.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 05:49pm EST

OMB revising data breach reporting requirements

The Government Accountability Office in a recent report found the requirement for agencies to report data breaches to the Homeland Security Department within one hour of discovering the incident is of little value.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 11:06am EST

Hettinger strives to restore confidence, reinvigorate TechAmerica

Mike Hettinger, TechAmerica's new senior vice president of the public sector, has been charged with ensuring federal contractors that the industry association is committed to the public sector for the long term. Some members are taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether or not to stay with the organization.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 04:02am EST
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Defense Health Agency comes into shape through IT shared services

Dave Bowen, the director of health care IT and chief information officer for DHA, said the business case for the three-month-old organization shows potential savings by eliminating duplicative systems, networks and applications.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 01:20pm EST
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Analysis: What the decline in bid protests really means

Experts say the 2 percent drop in the number of contracting complaints to GAO disproves the theory that as federal spending drops, contractors will file more protests. Ralph White, the managing associate general counsel for procurement law at GAO, said agencies and vendors have a better understanding than ever about their likelihood of success.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 04:53am EST
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GSA losing four key senior executives

Four high-ranking officials are leaving the General Services Administration. They are Deputy Administrator Susan Brita; CIO Casey Coleman; Kelly Olson, director of Strategic Initiatives; and Sheila Campbell, director of the Center for Excellence in the Digital Government Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 02:42pm EST

Transition to Networx telecom contract cost $395M more than planned

The Government Accountability Office found in a new report that the 33-month delay in moving to GSA's Networx contract from FTS2001 caused agencies to spend more money and miss out on potential savings.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 12:50pm EST

GAO denies protest of joint venturing rules under OASIS

The Government Accountability Office says GSA is within its rights to require that joint ventures must be among teams that have a proven track record of success. Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co. said it will ask GAO to reconsider its decision or take the case to the Court of Federal Claims.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:48am EST

DHS gives EAGLE II protesters a second look

The Homeland Security Department told the Government Accountability Office it is taking corrective action by re-reviewing proposals after 46 unsuccessful bidders protested their exclusion from the largest portion of the $22 billion IT services contract.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 12:04pm EST

Identity management standards help DHS build networks of trust

The Homeland Security Department upgraded its Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) last year with new security and identity management features. The growing acceptance and use of standards is making it easier for state, local, tribal government and other partners to securely access law enforcement data.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 08:12am EST
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OFPP updates rules for how agencies should analyze ways to lower costs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy revised Circular A-131 for the first time in 20 years. A-131 promotes the use of value engineering (VE), which is an organized effort by an integrated product team to evaluate functions of systems, facilities, services and supplies with an eye toward lowering costs and maintaining performance, quality, safety and reliability.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 02:35pm EST

FCC's Bray empowering business owners through technology, choices

David Bray has been the FCC's chief information officer for about two months and already has six priorities to improve how the commission meets its mission.
January 2, 2014

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:06am EST
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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.
December 26, 2013

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 09:36am EST
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Improper payments rate drops for 4th straight year

OMB releases the latest details on how agencies did in fiscal 2013 and promises more guidance next year.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:12pm EST
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