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7:21 pm, March 4, 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.

OMB gives agencies deadline to set up digital services teams

The Office of Management and Budget is instructing agencies to set up their own digital services group modeled after those at the General Services Administration under 18F and the Veterans Affairs Department.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:06pm EST

USCIS eyes more collaboration, competition in move to agile development

Mark Schwartz, the Citizenship and Immigration Services chief information officer, said the Flexible Agile Development Services (FADS) requires four vendors to coordinate software development and keep the government's best interest in mind.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 11:46am EST
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Agencies not seeing dollar signs in the cloud

Transportation and DISA CTOs say cloud computing may not deliver the savings many expected. Instead, the value of moving to the cloud is the ability to modernize apps, scaling up and down on demand and taking advantage of the agility and speed to get services to market.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:25am EST
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Tangherlini stepping down as GSA administrator

Nearly three years after coming to the General Services Administration in the wake of the Western Regions Conference scandal, Dan Tangherlini announced he's leaving government Feb. 13.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 01:24pm EST

CIOs on the move: High rate of senior IT executive departures in 2014 cuts both ways

Federal News Radio has been tracking the turnover of CIOs and other senior level IT officials between November 2013 and October 2014. All combined, the 23 total CIOs or senior IT leaders that either left government or changed jobs within government had 96 years of experience and their average tenure was 4.2 years.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:59am EST
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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

OMB to deliver much needed assistance around digital services

Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at OMB, said the administration has to help agencies get the skills and capabilities to move to a digital world more quickly and improve the quality. She said an updated Digital Services Playbook is coming in the next month. The IRS is one of the few agencies to grasp how digital services can improve its mission.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 04:40am EST
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A new era in DoD cyber defense begins

The Defense Information Systems Agency launches reorganization, including the new Joint Task Force-DoD Information Networks. The new cyber organization will reach initial operating capability on Jan. 15, taking over 14-to-19 tasks from U.S. Cyber Command.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:18am 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

NASA SEWP to drop fee again, launch new customer initiatives

Joanne Woytek, NASA SEWP program manager, said the space agency now plans to implement the next generation of the technology GWAC by May 1 after reexamining vendor bids. In the meantime, starting in March, SEWP will give agencies more information about what they buy, who they buy from and how they buy than ever before.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 04:24am EST

Influx of employees is part of HUD's ongoing culture change

The Department of Housing and Urban Development hired 1,000 new employees in 2014. The new workers are helping the agency reverse a downward trend around morale.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 03:47am EST
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Rep. Cummings demands answers from background investigation contractor on data breach

Congressman Elijah Cummings wants KeyPoint Government Solutions to provide him with a briefing and answers to 13 questions about the December cyber vulnerability that put more than 48,000 federal employees at a greater risk of identity theft.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 03:46pm EST

Air Force evolves its cybersecurity as JIE comes into focus

Air Force CIO Lt. Gen. Bill Bender said the service is baking in role-based authentication capabilities as part of its move to the MilCloud. He said the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) will help the Air Force move out of its AFNet architecture.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:49am EST
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HUD replenishes workforce with 1,000 person hiring spree

The Department of Housing and Urban Development increased its workforce by more than 10 percent in 2014. Michael Anderson, HUD's CHCO, said the agency found success by having the HR office collaborate with senior officials and program hiring officials to make the process more efficient.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:41am EST
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White House EOP to lose top two senior IT executives

Karen Britton left after two years as the chief information officer of the Executive Office of the President to take a senior management role with e-Management, a small women-owned IT business. Deputy CIO Alissa Johnson announced her plans to leave in the coming months as well.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 03:03pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Favorite 2014 posts; Labor, Commerce 'change' CIO role; The future of cyber by IARPA, DHS

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, a look back at the most-read posts of 2014, there have been a couple of interesting tidbits about the chief information officer's community over the past month, and the Director of National Intelligence wants help forecasting cyber attack vectors.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 03:21am EST

NGA's belief in open source, crowdsourcing heating up

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency turned to GitHub, an open source platform, for help in developing mission apps. NGA earlier this week placed its first open source developed app on iTunes.

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 09:34am EST
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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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FEMA kicks off IT modernization effort with security, resiliency review

Adrian Gardner, FEMA's chief information officer, said he spent the last nine months looking at the agency's IT networks and systems to figure out their weaknesses and strengths. He said he plans on a three-stage approach to bring FEMA's technology into the 21st century.

Thursday - 12/25/2014, 09:10am EST
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Contractor security flaw puts data of 7,000 veterans at risk

The Veterans Affairs Department says veterans using a specific contractor for home telehealth services found a vulnerability that potentially could've exposed personal information of veterans. VA said the vulnerability has been closed and it has offered those affected credit monitoring services.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:18pm EST
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