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6:33 pm, April 27, 2015

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.

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: CFOs fight over budget authority; HHS shared services shortcomings

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Several sources say OMB is getting pushback on its draft guidance from several CFOs who don't want to cede budgetary authority to CIO; the Department of Health and Human Services is suffering from what many believe are the two major reasons why shared services continues to lag in government.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:32am EDT
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Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

The Justice Department wants federal employees to understand their responsibilities when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. As Sunshine Week is set to begin next week, DoJ is reinforcing that concept through a set of new instructions and training. Melanie Pustay is the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about what she's doing to broaden understanding of FOIA.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:40am EDT
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New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:44am EDT
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OPM orchestrates cyber protections through automation

Jeff Wagner, OPM's director of IT security, said by detailing specific processes, his organization can protect the network in near real-time and ensure threats or vulnerabilities do not put the entire infrastructure at a greater risk.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 03:54pm EDT
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CIO Council to try to deepen the pool of IT workers

A new survey from the Chief Information Officers and Chief Human Capital Officers councils shows most agencies are finding the pool of job candidates to choose from is too shallow. Darren Ash and Richard McKinney, the co-chairmen of the CIO Council's Workforce Committee, said 75 percent of agency IT managers and human resource executives responding to the survey said they couldn't recruit the necessary talent to do mission critical work.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:15am EDT
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USDA, GSA put out 'help wanted' signs for new CIOs

Sonny Hashmi, GSA's CIO since January 2014, is leaving government for the private sector. Cheryl Cook spent almost three years at USDA's CIO before leaving government earlier this month.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:07am EDT

OMB plays data matchmaker to combat rise in improper payments

David Mader, OMB controller, said the administration will target specific agencies with new technology to access more data to combat this long-standing challenge. GAO reported Feb. 26 that the governmentwide improper payment rate was 4.02 percent, meaning agencies misspent almost $125 billion in 2014.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:41am EDT
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GAO highlights two ways to fire poorly performing feds more easily

A new report finds longer probationary periods and better performance metrics can help address a long-standing complaint about terminating federal employees who are not meeting their job's requirements.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:14pm EDT

OMB's Dave Mader: A 'zealot' for shared services

The controller in the Office of Management and Budget says the next two years are critical for financial management shared services. Mader said along with Treasury, OMB will be determining how best to get agencies to move to one of four federal providers.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 06:39pm EST
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CIO Council in search of GS 9-13s for IT Solutions Challenge

A new initiative from the Chief Information Officer's Council seeks to solve IT acquisition challenges by bringing together small groups of mid-level feds. The groups will try to take a different approach to these long-standing problems.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:38am EST

NARA's new IT governance structure merges strange bedfellows

Swarnali Haldar, the chief information officer for NARA, said her goal is to simplify how and who makes the decisions around IT programs.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 10:32am EST
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Agencies, vendors influence next generation telecom contract

The General Services Administration spent almost two years listening to departments and contractors to improve how the Network Services 2020 program should work. The result is a draft Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions RFP that GSA released Feb. 28.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 03:59am EST
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Energy's new CIO to be political appointee

Michael Johnson heads over to the Energy Department from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. He starts on March 10.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:22pm EST

Yelp-like ratings system coming to IT procurements

OFPP Administrator Anne Rung will issue a memo in the coming weeks requiring agencies to rate vendors and for vendors to rate agencies on specific high-dollar IT procurements. Rung said OMB, GSA will hire experts to oversee vendor relationships for IT commodities.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:40am EST

GSA proposes change to acquisition regulation vendors loathe

A proposed rule issued today would change the Price Reduction Clause that most contractors dislike and causes most of the False Claims Act lawsuits. Vendors have 60 days to offer comments and GSA will hold an industry day April 17.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:56am EST
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OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST

DHS, GSA kick off CDM task order 2 with $29M deal

Knowledge Consulting Group will implement tools and services from three vendors on the Homeland Security Department's network.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:16am EST

Tangherlini moves quickly from GSA to new job at private equity real estate firm

Former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini will start a new job as chief operating officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners on March 30.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:50am EST

Justice applying lessons learned in kindergarten to IT

Joe Klimavicz, the Justice Department's chief information officer, said shared services needs to be part of the culture of the organization. His office launched version 1 of the IT shared services catalog late last year.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 10:08am EST
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DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST
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