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1:15 am, July 14, 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.

White House details initial ideas for industry cyber incentives

The departments of Commerce, Homeland Security and Treasury submitted suggestions to the White House on what incentives the government can offer to induce critical infrastructure providers to use the cybersecurity framework to improve their systems and networks. NIST is leading an effort to develop the framework with industry.

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 06:28am EDT

Interior wins protest of huge cloud contract

The Court of Federal Claims ruled against CenturyLink in its protest of the Interior's Cloud Foundation contract. This was CenturyLink's third unsuccessful protest of the multiple award contract.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 06:09pm EDT

Hold on OPM nominee likely short lived

The White House says the Office of Personnel Management will issue the final rule on how the Affordable Care Act would apply to lawmakers and their staffs on Oct. 1. The Senate confirms the former OPM Director John Berry to be ambassador to Australia, the Census director, the CFO at Commerce and the Navy's comptroller and assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 02:27pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Shining a light on GSA contract awards; Congress continues battle over E-Gov Fund

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

Friday - 08/02/2013, 01:34pm EDT

VA counting on telemedicine to improve, expand care to vets

At a recent health IT demonstration, the Veterans Affairs Department showcased nine different technologies that it hopes will change how it delivers health care. The agency is testing medical mobile apps on iPads with 1,000 severely injured veterans.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 06:15am EDT
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GSA releases final RFPs for OASIS

The multiple award contract for professional services will cover seven functional areas. GSA will make up to 40 awards per functional area.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 05:39am EDT

FBI launches iGuardian to standardize cyber threat data sharing

The FBI hopes a new portal, iGuardian, will enable the FBI to help companies protect themselves against malware by creating a repository of cybersecurity breaches.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:15am EDT
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Bill to give SBA complete oversight of veteran small business program

House Small Business and Veterans Affairs committee members plan to introduce a bill Thursday to make the service-disabled veteran-owned small business program less cumbersome, confusing and more transparent.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 05:54am EDT

OMB defines next steps for 'refreshed' management agenda

The White House wants agencies to justify why they want to invest in programs in fiscal 2015 using new data. The administration also is holding workshops to help agencies improve the use of evidence data to make decisions.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 02:17pm EDT

Federal 4th quarter spending spree offers contractors hope for return to normalcy

Many federal vendors are wary about what 2014 and beyond will bring when it comes to acquisitions. Vendors say they have to get creative internally and externally to survive further budget cuts.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 06:17am EDT
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Contractors confronted with new type of waiting game due to sequestration

A new Federal News Radio online survey shows downward trends in the contracting market this year, and vendors have rising concerns in the out years about what this new normal means. The survey found 57 percent of the respondents have been negatively impacted by sequestration by fewer contract opportunities, and more than 55 percent of the respondents said when it comes to making contract awards over the last six months, the government has been in a state of paralysis.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 05:36am EDT
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VanRoekel signals tepid support for Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel offered the administration's first public comment since the major IT reform bill passed the House as part of the 2014 Defense Authorization bill. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) offered a blunt warning to the White House if it does not support the legislation.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 05:44am EDT
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OMB says PortfolioStat's impact measured by billions of dollars in savings

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel is testifying this morning before the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the progress of several IT reform initiatives. He says agencies are on track to close or consolidate more than 850 data centers in 2013.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 10:47am EDT

House passes DoD spending bill, prohibits furloughs in 2014

DoD officials briefed House Armed Services members about 2013 furloughs and are figuring out whether they can reduce the number of days employees have to take without pay.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:31am EDT

USGS mashing up data to create new views of country

Kevin Gallagher, the associate director for core science systems at USGS, said the agency is developing a new data management strategy that will help it meet the White House requirement to make federally-funded research data more easily accessible.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 12:16pm EDT
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VA, OPM implement promising practices for next generation of SESers

A new report by the Partnership for Public Service and McKinsey and Company found inconsistencies among agencies in how they recruit and develop their Senior Executive Service members. That lack of standardized leadership development is causing some to question whether senior executives will be prepared to replace long-time managers who are retiring at a fast rate.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 05:45am EDT
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DoD's Wennergren to retire

Dave Wennergren is leaving government after more than 30 years of service. He has held numerous senior level positions in DoD including the assistant deputy chief management officer for the last three years.

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 07:24am EDT

DHS gears up to unleash Einstein 3 to better secure federal networks

Brendan Goode, the director of network security deployment in the National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said 15 out of the initial 23 agencies expected to implement Einstein 3 have signed memorandums of agreements with the department. E3A will use both unclassified and classified indicators to understand risks and vulnerabilities of federal networks.

Monday - 07/22/2013, 12:25pm EDT
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Sharpe designs expanded role for the Federal Acquisition Service

Tom Sharpe wants to make the General Services Administration the first choice for most commodity buys for the government. He said he wants to increase the amount of spending agencies through FAS contracts by billions.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 05:57am EDT
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DHS official Bruce McConnell to return to private sector

Bruce McConnell announced today his intention to leave the Homeland Security Department in August after spending more than four years in an assortment of senior cybersecurity positions. He will be third senior ranking cyber official at DHS to leave since January.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 03:13pm EDT
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