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12:50 pm, March 30, 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.

Agencies neglecting cybersecurity in strategic plans, research finds

New research shows departments do not incorporate cybersecurity efforts into their goals and objectives, said Kevin Desouza, the associate dean for research at the college of public programs at Arizona State University and a non-resident senior fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:03pm EST
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NIST's ID management leader Jeremy Grant to leave government

Jeremy Grant has led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program since 2011. His last day will be in April.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 12:12pm EST

CIO Council to approve one standard for mobile app vetting

The Defense Department's National Information Assurance Partnership's (NIAP) protection profile will be the governmentwide standard for agencies to use when ensuring the security of mobile apps. The Mobile Technology Tiger Team recommended the NIAP approach because of the collaboration and coordination across government and with industry.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:02am EST

White House hires DJ Patil, jumps into the chief data officer pool

DJ Patil is the first chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:48am EST
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OMB pushing agencies to use single system for online transactions

The Office of Management and Budget is circulating a draft memo to CFOs to all-but-mandate the use of the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) run by the Treasury Department. Sources say agencies would have to justify to OMB why they wouldn't use the IPP. It's part of the administration's effort to push agencies toward more financial management shared services.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:06am EST

OMB warns of consequences if sequestration returns in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget tells Congress if it doesn't fix sequestration, discretionary spending across the government would drop by more than $90 billion.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 01:20pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA pitches acquisition reforms to Obama; FITARA implementation listening tour

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, the West Wing takes interest in government procurement and OMB is getting kudos for its initial steps to implement the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA).

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:46am EST
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Navy brings IT, business, innovation under one roof

The Department of the Navy is taking a more corporate approach to meeting the ever-changing mission needs with technology, said Maura Sullivan, the Department of Navy's chief of strategy and innovation.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:45pm EST
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Commerce invites employees to bring forth innovative ideas

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House's $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:36am EST
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OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:46am EST
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John Streufert, leader of federal continuous monitoring effort, to leave government

John Streufert, the director of federal network resilience, has announced he will be moving on from the Homeland Security Department after more than three years. DHS to reorganize cybersecurity office to meet new legislative requirements under the 2014 FISMA update.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 09:02am EST

New cyber threat center to fill gaps in information sharing

The White House announced Tuesday the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Center to improve coordination and collaboration of information about computer network security. The Director of National Intelligence will oversee the CTIC, and it will be modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 03:43am EST

OMB unties a few of the travel, conference spending knots

A CFO Alert tells agencies the White House would listen to proposals to spend more money on travel and conferences in 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:49pm EST

SSA's big data project speeds up transition to innovation culture

The Social Security Administration used excess desktop computers and an open source platform to tackle its big data challenge. For its efforts, ACT-IAC named SSA's improper payments and data analytics program a finalist in the Igniting Innovation awards.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 11:05am EST
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Rep. Edwards makes another bid to repeal pension contribution increase

Rep. Donna Edwards reintroduces the Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act to rescind the laws requiring feds hired after 2013 to pay more into their pensions than those hired before them.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 04:47am EST

White House names VMWare's Tony Scott as federal CIO

Tony Scott comes to government after spending his 35-year career in the private sector.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:21pm EST

Commerce's IT modernization is all about shared services

Steve Cooper, the Commerce Department's CIO, said the agency is looking to move four back-office functions to a private sector provider over the next two years.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:22am EST
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GSA searching for right people to run category management

The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:20am EST

GSA's new contract to feed hunger for agile IT development services

With more business than it can handle, 18F hopes a new blanket purchase agreement for IT software development will prove the culture is changing. GSA will issue a final RFQ in the coming weeks and make the initial award in late spring.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies obligated more than $18 billion in spending against the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services over the last five years. And one vendor got more than 10 percent of that revenue. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the winners under Alliant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those interesting trends.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:57pm EST
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