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3:00 am, September 2, 2014

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.

Steve Cooper's coming back to government as Commerce CIO

The former FAA and DHS CIO is taking a third tour of duty in government and will replace Simon Szykman.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 06:15pm EDT

VA planning two RFPs to help fix patient scheduling problems

The first solicitation will address near-term fixes for the current application. The second one will look to commercial technology for a wholesale replacement of the scheduling application. VA says it will build off the contest it ran in 2013 where it awarded $3 million to competitors to develop VISTA-friendly scheduling software.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 03:58am EDT
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GAO denies latest protest of Office Supplies 3 solicitation

Lawyers say GSA's analysis of the impact of OS3 on small businesses met the requirements under the Small Business Jobs Act.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 11:39am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: FedRAMP compliance results months away, OMB's word of the year: Effectiveness

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:51pm EDT

ATF's move to tablets part of broader infrastructure modernization effort

Rick Holgate, the chief information officer and assistant director for science and technology at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said lighter, more mobile computers along with VDI and the cloud is making it easier for employees to do their jobs.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:19am EDT
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Too often, CIOs left wishing for funding for innovation, modernization

A new survey by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton found many agency chief information officers continue to spend too much on legacy systems and don't have money to develop or modernize new software or applications. But tools such as PortfolioStat are making a difference in helping senior IT managers understand and have a say in where money is spent in their agency.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:55am EDT
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Intel community's fight against terrorism moves beyond connecting the dots

The Data Aggregation Working Group, under the Information Sharing Environment, is creating a data aggregation reference architecture to give law enforcement and intelligence agencies a better approach to sharing information more securely and more quickly. The group ran two pilots and created a tool kit for others to use.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 04:16am EDT
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Protests force GSA to suspend governmentwide use of Office Supplies 2 contract

Eleven vendors submitted protests to GAO over GSA's desire to extend the OS2 contract another six months. The contractors say GSA's extension would violate the Small Business Jobs Act because they didn't do a contract consolidation impact assessment.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 03:49am EDT

Agencies struggle to adjust to new Pathways internship program

Chief human capital officers say the inability to do targeted internship announcements is frustrating and reducing effectiveness of the program. The Office of Personnel Management says it's working with agencies to address these challenges, including initiatives to target specific skillsets.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Congress joins the fray as protests mount over strategic sourcing

Reps. Grace Meng and Tim Walberg introduce a provision in the Defense authorization bill to require GAO to study the impact of strategic sourcing on small businesses. GSA also is facing more than two dozen protests over its current and future office supplies contracts and now OASIS.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Marines driving toward more active approach to cyber

The comply-to-connect initiative is about removing much of the people challenges by automating the software patching and updating the cyber processes in real time.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 01:35pm EDT
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IG concludes VA's systems, data remain at risk

The 2013 FISMA report to Congress shows the Veterans Affairs Department continues to struggle with cybersecurity and has more than 6,000 items on its plans of actions and milestones and continued weaknesses in access and configuration management controls. VA CIO Stephen Warren details several initiatives to address many of the 35 recommendations.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:11am EDT

Former DoD deputy CIO Carey sees future of cyber in identity, data

Rob Carey, who recently retired after 31 years in government, said the government must focus on identity management and information assurance as computer threats become more complex and sustained.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 11:36am EDT
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Treasury's Gregg to retire after 41 years in federal financial management

Richard Gregg, the Fiscal Assistant Secretary, will step down in June. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew tapped Dave Lebryk, currently the commissioner of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, to replace him.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 11:11am EDT

DHS striving to avoid 'tragic mistake' under cyber program

Under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, DHS wants to ensure systems administrators have data on the most pressing threats and vulnerabilities first so they can fix them as soon as possible. John Streufert, DHS's director of federal network resilience, said the recently-awarded dashboard will be set up to do just that.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:30am EDT
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VA hacks away at claims backlog, increases accuracy

Allison Hickey, VA's undersecretary for benefits, said VBMS has transformed the agency from a paper system to one that mostly relies on electronic data. Some lawmakers express concern about the way the agency is measuring how it reduces the number of veterans waiting for benefits.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: FedBizOpps contractor admits to hacking

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 06:10pm EDT
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Competition, ease of use is GSA's focus for next generation telecom contract

The General Services Administration received responses Thursday from vendors on how to shape the first major acquisition under the Network Services 2020 program. Officials say they are heeding the mistakes and missteps of the Networx contract. GSA expects to issue a RFP in November and make the first awards in May 2015.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:15am EDT
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Federal HR reforms demand an inside/out strategy

Several agency chief human capital officers say wholesale changes to the federal hiring, recruiting, retaining and firing processes are needed now more than ever. It's no longer just a matter of using the authorities available, they say.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:12am EDT
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DHS' push for clearer cyber authorities moves to the House

Larry Zelvin, the director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate, is expected to tell the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday that the implementation of the advanced intrusion detection and prevention program known as Einstein is hampered by the lack of clarity of the exact role DHS is allowed to play under the current set of cybersecurity laws.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 06:10am EDT
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