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GSA News

GSA now in charge of dot-gov domain policy, issuance

A new memo from the Office of Management and Budget sets eight standards for new federal websites and seven for existing ones.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 09:21am 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

An insight into GSA's FAS

What are the strategic priorities for the GSA's Federal Acquisition Service? What is category management and how does it benefit federal acquisition? How is FAS fully leveraging the government's buying power and saving taxpayer dollars? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and much more with Thomas Sharpe, Commissioner, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

Friday - 01/09/2015, 04:39pm EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The House Armed Services Committee and leaders within industry and Pentagon are making it clear defense acquisition rules need some work. And new Congressional leaders might bring new attitudes on acquisition that could reverse current trends. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015, and told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko 2015 is an important year for acquisition reform and the General Services Administration. He's optimistic about the future of procurement in 2015, but a look into his Magic 8 Ball said "The future is still unclear; ask again later."

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:16pm EST

New IG council chair maps out oversight priorities

New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General. On Jan. 1, Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, will begin his two-year term as chair of the organization. He and his predecessor, former GSA IG Brian Miller, discussed the many challenges of directing the 72 inspectors general in government.

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 03:13pm EST

Board finds GSA wrongfully fired two senior officials in conference scandal

The Merit System Protection Board agrees that GSA's conference scandal was, indeed, scandalous. But at least two of the senior officials GSA fired in response didn't have much to do with the whole affair.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 03:55am EST

For feds, secure information sharing puzzle slowly coming together

Information Sharing Environment is helping to shape the policy and technology pieces to help implement the two-year-old White House's strategy on information sharing and safeguarding. The back-end attribute exchange is an expanding component to solve this challenge.

Friday - 12/26/2014, 07:46am EST
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Connect.gov is latest attempt to get buy-in to online ID management

The General Services Administration launched the Connect.gov portal in November and awarded two vendors contracts to provide secure electronic credentials. VA and USDA are among the first agencies to put applications on the cloud credential exchange. USPS is developing the technology infrastructure to allow this shared service to happen.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have a new tool to make online services easier and safer for citizens. The General Services Administration officially launches Connect.gov with two private sector vendors providing identity management services. Jennifer Kerber, director of Connect.gov in the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what the launch of the the new service means to agencies.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:45pm EST
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Lockheed, Iron Mountain pay millions to settle overbilling allegations

The Justice Department settled two different cases with large contractors, both of which allegedly overcharged the agencies under the False Claims Act.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:19pm EST

Joe Brennan, Managing Director, JLL Government Investor Services

The General Services Administration is signing short-term real estate leases before some of its contracts expire. The Washington Business Journal reports it helps GSA avoid paying higher prices to renew a deal after it runs out. But it also means GSA's locking itself into longer deals. That's a long-term problem, because the agency is supposed to be shrinking its real estate portfolio. Joe Brennan is managing director of JLL Government Investor Services Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his vision of the future for federal real estate.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Confusion over FedRAMP? OFPP to clarify contracting language

Agencies are struggling in how they describe the requirement for cloud services to meet the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program cyber standards. The FedRAMP program management office details programmatic goals for 2015, including new metrics to determine governmentwide uptake of the standards.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:55am EST
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Several US government buildings lose power

Several US government buildings lose power because of transformer, construction troubles

Monday - 12/15/2014, 01:54pm EST

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

When awarding a competitively-bid contract on past performance, you better make sure you look carefully at references the bidders provide. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found this out the hard way. It lost a protest when a services contractor complained ICE didn't do its due diligence on past performance. The Government Accountability Office agreed. In this week's Legal Loop Segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the lessons learned from the case.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:26pm EST
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GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 03:22am EST

OFPP's Rung rolls out 3-pronged acquisition improvement plan

Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 06:00am EST
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Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

Federal agency inspectors general are submitting annual reports to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act. But your agency's networks may not actually be more secure because of that compliance, and those reports. Dave McClure is chief strategist of the Veris Group and former associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration. He also performed IT oversight at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether FISMA compliance for cybersecurity is counter intuitive.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33pm EST
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Roger Waldron, president, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration isn't taking advantage of two key opportunities that could make a big difference on the quality of its Schedules program. That's according to Roger Waldron -- he's president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the two opportunities GSA's missing out on.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:00pm EST
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Commerce takes bigger oversight role in its bureaus' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity within the Commerce Department has traditionally been overseen and managed by its 14 individual bureaus. Those agencies will still operate their own IT systems, but a new Commercewide oversight center will aggregate all information about the department's vulnerabilities into a single dashboard to be used by senior management.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:33am EST
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