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11:48 pm, December 22, 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.

Acting management head Cummiskey to leave DHS

Chris Cummiskey, the acting undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, announced he's leaving government after 24 years on Oct. 31.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 02:00pm EDT

NASA Ames looks to cross-training, shared services to deal with workforce challenges

Jerry Davis, the NASA Ames CIO, said being in the heart of Silicon Valley poses different obstacles when it comes to recruiting and retaining IT employees. He said cloud and cyber are among his top priorities.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:53am EDT
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Leap Ahead program keeps DHS cyber offerings on cutting edge

The Homeland Security Department has reviewed about 18 new or improved cybersecurity tools or technologies that may be added to the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM). John Streufert, the director of Federal Network Resilience at National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said CDM is not delayed and on track to deliver results.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:55am EDT
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OMB details new, expanded approach to fighting improper payments

A new memo and guidance from OMB makes four significant changes to Appendix C of Circular A-123.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 09:18am EDT

Hacks, CDM continue to push cyber to forefront of CIOs' priorities

A new Federal News Radio survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found cyber above all else is the top priority. Charlie Armstrong, the CIO for Customs and Border Protection, said his focus is to protect the data first and foremost and his systems a very close second.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:58am EDT

GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 06:16pm EDT

Treasury names Bhagowalia as its new CIO

Sonny Bhagowalia comes back to the federal government after spending almost three years working for the Hawaii state government as a technology executive.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 05:24pm EDT

GPO's jump into the cloud for email is just the beginning

The Government Printing Office became the first legislative branch agency to put its email in the cloud. CIO Chuck Riddle said once that effort is completed, GPO will move other functions into the cloud.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 12:59pm EDT
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Religious services as a commodity?

Is the Army really conducting a reverse auction for Catholic priest services?

Friday - 10/17/2014, 05:55pm EDT

Cut, consolidate, modernize: A new mantra for Air Force apps

The Air Force needs to cut the number of applications it has on its network.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:55pm EDT

OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: White House gives agencies the lead role in combating ID theft

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, White House wants the government to lead a nationwide effort to reduce identity theft and fraud and OMB pushes back on report critical of cloud computing efforts at 19 agencies. Also in the notebook…

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:51pm EDT

OMB to require agencies to measure risk at the enterprise level

The Office of Management and Budget to release a memo or guidance in the second quarter of 2015 to set governmentwide expectations for how agencies will manage risk. Controller David Mader said lessons from implementing Circulars A-123 and A-11 could be expanded into agency mission areas.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Kelvin Wood, Director, Treasury Acquisition Institute

The Treasury Acquisition Institute has experienced a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of federal employees it trains each year. The appetite for training is going to keep growing, forcing TAI to rethink how it delivers workforce education. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, today we'll focus on taking stock for the future. Institute Director Kelvin Wood tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how TAI is changing with the times.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:40am EDT
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Treasury Acquisition Institute adjusts delivery model to reach more students

Kelvin Wood, the director of TAI, said the organization is investing more in virtual training as travel budgets continue to decrease. Wood said the institute also is focusing on more tailored courses to meet specific needs of its students.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 03:55am EDT
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Acquisition workers as critical thinkers: A change that has to happen

In Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, the Defense Acquisition University, the Federal Acquisition Institute and other experts say a new kind of acquisition worker is needed. One that brings business acumen, understands technology and knows the FAR forward and back. The ever-evolving training regime for federal acquisition workers is no longer just about the hard skills of acquisition.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:18am EDT
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VA exec at center of FedBid procurement scandal retires

Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Agencies get 2017 deadline to move to new procurement ID standard

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a final rule Monday detailing the timeframe and steps agencies must take to begin using the Procurement Instrument Identification (PIID) numbering system. The PIID only is for new contracting actions after the effective date.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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