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12:06 pm, October 25, 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.

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.
November 21, 2013

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 09:36am EST
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Demand for data-driven models supplies agencies with decision making power

More and better information is getting to be the driving force behind spending and program decisions across the government. OMB is requiring agencies to update strategic plans and objectives based on their analysis of program and back-office data.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 04:40am EST
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GSA to bring Microsoft under strategic sourcing umbrella

The agency issues a request for quotes to Schedule 70 vendors to provide 10 different software and services.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 06:22pm EST

Lowest price becoming primary factor in IT, services acquisitions

New data from Govini, a market research firm, finds the number of lowest price, technically acceptable awards doubled from 2009 to 2013. Vendors also are seeing more and more agencies issue solicitations where price is the only or a major evaluation criterion. DoD, civilian agency official acquisition officials say LPTA is one tool in a large toolbox.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 03:50am EST
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3 takeways from HealthCare.gov IT hearing; First task order for continuous monitoring is out

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 05:20pm EST

Agencies eager to understand benefits of cloud credential exchange

The Postal Service will kick off its pilot to provide identity management services in the cloud in early 2014. The IRS and DHS also are pursuing complimentary initiatives to authorize and authenticate users.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:01am 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.
November 14, 2013

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 04:06am EST
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Federal IT officials shirk responsibility for HealthCare.gov problems

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pressed federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel, federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Department of Health and Human Services CIO Frank Baitman and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy CIO Henry Chao to acknowledge the oversight failings, and for someone to declare they were in charge of the program.

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 03:42am EST
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PIOs unearth the real value of data, analysis

Nani Coloretti, Treasury's assistant secretary for management and performance improvement officer, said prioritizing data, analyzing it in way that makes sense to senior officials and following through on opportunities for change are among the ways to improve agency processes. A Federal News Radio survey of PIOs show agencies are using data to improve mission execution.

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 03:51am EST
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DISA reassessing need for commercial cloud services

The Defense Information Systems Agency said it doesn't expect the demand to be as great as initially thought as it developed a contract worth $450 million.

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 04:06pm EST

White House considering options after Issa subpoenaes federal CTO Park

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is compelling federal CTO Todd Park show up Wednesday for a hearing before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the IT oversight problems of the HealthCare.gov website.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 12:47pm EST

Lawmakers question DHS' awards under the EAGLE II contract

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of the subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, wrote a letter to DHS Chief Procurement Officer Nick Nayak earlier this week questioning the agency's entire solicitation process.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 03:56am EST

TechAmerica files $5 million lawsuit against ITI, three former execs

The association claims Trey Hodgkins, Pam Walker and Carol Henton breached their contract and disclosed proprietary information to ITI that would harm TechAmerica.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 03:40am EST

Final rule to let feds in D.C., surrounding areas run for political office

OPM issued the final rule today to implement the Hatch Act Modernization Act that lets federal employees run for local office as an independent.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 03:57pm EST

Government shutdown cost feds 6.6 million days of work

The 16-day government shutdown forced federal employees to miss millions of days of work, agencies to forego millions of dollars in revenue and programs to grind to a halt. In a new report, the Office of Management and Budget estimates that federal workers missed 6.6 million days of work and the shutdown cost more than $2.5 billion in pay and benefits for employees, most of whom didn't work.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 02:55pm EST
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Feasibility of DATA Act questioned even as Senate committee OKs it

Some agency leaders who would be charged with implementing the bill are unsure the DATA Act can be brought to life successfully. Officials said the government can improve how it makes data accessible and publishes procurement and other spending information. But the DATA Act may be asking for things that aren't pragmatically possible.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 06:21am EST

CMS CIO Trenkle leaving for private sector

Tony Trenkle will leave as the CIO of CMS on Nov. 15 after eight years with the agency.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 05:26am EST

ITI becomes a player in acquisition after TechAmerica exodus

Four senior TechAmerica officials, Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president global public sector; Erica McCann, manager of procurement policy; Carol Henton, vice president of state and local government division; and Pam Walker, senior director for homeland security; took similar roles with ITI's new IT Alliance for Public Sector organization, which will focus on technology and acquisition issues.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 04:29am EST

HealthCare.gov problems rekindle push for IT procurement reform

President Obama said the government needs to relook at how IT procurement is organized. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said there are procurement, management and governance issues that also need to be addressed.
November 7, 2013

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 02:14pm EST
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DoD's McGrath retiring after 25 years in government

Beth McGrath, DoD's deputy chief management officer, announced she will leave government around Nov. 30.McGrath has been the deputy CMO and performance improvement officer since July 2010 when the Senate confirmed her.

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 11:10am EST
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