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7:44 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.

3 incentives to encourage the adoption of the cyber framework

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said to encourage adoption of the critical infrastructure cyber framework, the government would focus on streamlining regulations, cybersecurity research and development and federal procurement policies and practice.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 10:10am EST

PSC acquires TechAmerica Foundation, ending 15-month saga

CompTIA decides to get out of the federal sector and focus on its core capabilities.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:16am EST
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OMB seeks approval for agencies to ante up $15M for cross-agency goals

The White House proposed in its 2016 budget request to Congress that lawmakers approve the interagency transfer of money to pay for long-term progress against the 17 cross-agency objectives.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:53am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies could get a 2 percent bump for their technology spending accounts in fiscal 2016. But what President Barack Obama's annual budget request to Congress is doing is acknowledging after years small IT increases, it's time to spend more to get bigger long-term savings. Federal News Radio Executive editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose the details on the 2016 IT budget request.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:26pm EST
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Highlights of President Obama's 2016 budget

Federal News Radio reporters go inside President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal to bring you the highlights.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 01:42pm EST

IT budget request rises to $86B, including $105M for digital services

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for additional funding to set up digital services offices in the 25 largest agencies and create idea labs to promote employee innovation.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:09am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Trends on GSA's Alliant that make you go, hmmm; FTC looking for a new CIO, DISA finds a replacem

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services widely has been considered one of the most successful multiple award contracts over the last decade. Two recent blogs highlight some interesting trends. Bajinder Paul, who spent the last 17 months as the Federal Trade Commission's chief information officer, now is with the Federal Reserve Bank.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:10am EST
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Commerce's ITA getting out of IT business

Joe Paiva, the International Trade Administration's CIO, said he wants to outsource the agency's network, device management and printing to the private sector.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 08:46am EST
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Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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Stempfley leaving DHS for private sector position

Bobbie Stempfley is heading to the private sector after five years at the Homeland Security Department. She worked in a variety of senior executive cyber positions.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:43pm EST

DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Federal CTO Smith wants tech experts who speak the language

Megan Smith, the federal chief technology officer says agencies need employees with a high technical quotient to help build digital services. Four months into the job, Smith said digital services, policy and innovation, and STEM are her top priorities.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:54am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks get a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes about a year and a half after the VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the report and what it means for veterans' data.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:43pm EST
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VA begins biggest transformation in history

The massive reorganization the Veterans Affairs Department has unveiled begins with a simple premise: everyone should work from the same starting point. VA said it has now created a single map made up of five regions that the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, the National Cemetery Administration and several other offices will work from instead of the nine separate regional maps that existed previously.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 06:27pm EST

Independent assessment gives VA's cybersecurity positive mark

Mandiant issued a report finding the Veterans Affairs Department network domain controllers had no evidence of data theft, such as the loss of credentials, personal information or personal health information or VA sensitive information. But some congressional sources are skeptical of Mandiant's findings, calling it too narrow to be sure the network and veterans data is safe.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 03:35am EST
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No sequestration cuts in 2015, OMB says

A new report from OMB stated the discretionary spending budget caps for defense and non-defense categories matched or came in less than what's called for in the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 12:36pm EST

DISA's 'one belly button' approach to IT services

The Defense Information Services Agency has reorganized its services to be more customer focus and have accountability over what technology they provide.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 10:54am EST
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Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity for the intelligence community has become what terrorism was in the early 2000s an all encompassing priority. It's such a big priority that Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, is making cybersecurity transformation the hallmark of his tenure. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how Undersecretary Vickers is trying to take on the cybersecurity challenge.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 05:16pm EST
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