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FedBid splits into two, names Jordan CEO of new public sector company

The reverse auction vendor says its decision to split up its federal and commercial businesses has nothing to do with the critical Veterans Affairs inspector general report from September. Joe Jordan said FedBid has taken several steps to ensure any problems highlighted by the IG are resolved.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 07:00am EST

Contracting Commandment #3: Start from the bottom up when dealing with a problem

If you've got a problem or concern when dealing with a government agency on a contract, acquisition expert Tim Sullivan says it's best to start from the ground up to fix the issue. In his latest commentary, he says going over someone's head could hurt your company in the long run.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:00am EST

A second bite at the Networx apple?

GSA has made it clear the follow-on to Networx, called Network Services 2020, will live up to its name with most agencies not completely migrating to the new contract for another five years.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:40pm EST

USCIS eyes more collaboration, competition in move to agile development

Mark Schwartz, the Citizenship and Immigration Services chief information officer, said the Flexible Agile Development Services (FADS) requires four vendors to coordinate software development and keep the government's best interest in mind.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 11:46am EST
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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST

Why can't the government dominate in cyber space?

Former DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute discusses the difficulty of establishing a strong cybersecurity program within the federal government on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:49pm EST

An update on The National Industries for the Blind

Kevin Lynch, president and chief executive officer of the National Industries for the Blind will give us an update on the organization and its current strategic challenges and market opportunities.
January 13, 2015

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 06:57pm EST
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GSA's agile RFI beginning of ‘systemic change' in IT acquisition

The General Services Administration's 18F and the Office of Integrated Technology Services issued a request for information as part of its strategy to create a blanket purchase agreement where agencies can buy agile development services for IT projects. Experts say the RFI shows how the government is beginning to adopt industry best practices.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 06:37pm EST

Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Members of Congress from both parties have signaled they're ready to consider privatizing air traffic control, or at least changing how it's funded. One reason is the FAA's struggle to modernize the systems that support safe flight. Many in Washington are wondering whether the system would function more efficiently as a commercial entity. Trish Gilbert, executive vice-president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain NATCA members' concerns over the proposed switch.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:39am EST
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Rep. Cummings demands answers from background investigation contractor on data breach

Congressman Elijah Cummings wants KeyPoint Government Solutions to provide him with a briefing and answers to 13 questions about the December cyber vulnerability that put more than 48,000 federal employees at a greater risk of identity theft.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 03:46pm EST

Can government keep up with the private sector in digital technology?

Digital technology has changed the way the private sector is doing business. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, asks, "Is it too late for the government to catch up?"

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 01:20pm EST

Jamison Cush, Chief Editor, TechTarget's Technology Guide

It may be called the Consumer Electronics Show, but the annual Las Vegas event has a lot to offer the government. From smart watches to faster phones to the Internet of things, there's plenty for enterprise CIOs to keep an eye on. Jamison Cush is the Executive Editor at Tech Target. He took a break from perusing the CES showroom floor to join Tom Temin on the Federal Drive and explain what's caught his eye.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 10:03am EST
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Why CIOs should embrace the 'reality of power'

Tina Nunno, vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner's CIO Research group, tells the Women of Washington radio show that "power in the hands of good people is an amazing thing."

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 02:49am EST

Congress and the partisan divide

Tom Davis, director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte, discusses his new book, and what can be done to end the partisan divide in Congress.
January 6, 2014

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 08:25pm EST
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Tom Suder, President, MobileGov

The Consumer Electronic Show is happening this week in Las Vegas. Despite its name, the annual show, one of the biggest in the world, has plenty of new technology of interest to the enterprise. It's also the 10th anniversary for the CES Government program, with the agenda focusing on Security, Innovation and Acquisition. Tom Suder is the president of MobileGov and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about federal mobility trends, security best practices and what it's like at the Las Vegas Convention Center as more than 100,000 people descend on the city to see 50 football fields worth of gadgetry.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:06am EST
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New year may bring more small business help from Washington

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 11:26am EST

How to bring fresh ideas into your organization

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, Anne Altman, head of IBM Federal, joins hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black to discuss how successful companies bring new talent into their organizations.

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 11:43am EST

Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

The same program that funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy, is now showing some success stories.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 02:00am EST

Key decisions on drones likely from Congress

FAA's long-awaited drone rules almost ready, but Congress will likely make key decisions

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:16am EST

Contractor security flaw puts data of 7,000 veterans at risk

The Veterans Affairs Department says veterans using a specific contractor for home telehealth services found a vulnerability that potentially could've exposed personal information of veterans. VA said the vulnerability has been closed and it has offered those affected credit monitoring services.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:18pm EST
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