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9:43 pm, October 20, 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.

Brese leaves Energy in a better position to consolidate, centralize IT

Energy Department CIO Bob Brese is leaving government after almost 35 years of service. He said now is the right time to hand off the reigns because Energy is about to embark on an IT consolidation and centralization initiative.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 05:37pm EDT
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National capital area CFC leaning on social media to reset after tough 2013

Vincent Micone, the chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign for the national capital region, said the goal for 2014 is $52 million. He said to achieve that target, the CFC will be more aggressive in using social media to attract a new generation of donors.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 06:07pm EDT

VA building on My HealtheVet successes with mobile apps

The Veterans Affairs Department will release the Summary of Care and Blue Button applications for mobile devices this fall. The release is part of a burgeoning effort to create connections with patients outside of the traditional office visit.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 03:49am EDT
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Dave McClure lands at cloud, cyber company as chief strategist

Former GSA official Dave McClure left government in June and now is an executive at the Veris Group.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 11:30am EDT
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New protests further delay GSA's Office Supplies 3 contract

Six unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the GAO over GSA's awards under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Office Supplies 3 contract. The protests effectively shut down the vehicle until GAO makes a decision, which could come as late as December.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 02:02pm EDT

Obama to nominate new DHS undersecretary for management

Russell Deyo will be nominated to be the Homeland Security Department's next management czar. Danny Marti also is in line to be the next White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 06:15pm EDT

GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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OMB to Congress: Fix 2015 budget to avoid return of limited sequester

The White House sends its annual report to Congress outlining the cuts to discretionary spending next year. DoD, Energy and the FBI would face an extra $34 million cut to reach Budget Control Act cap levels if the Senate's spending bills become law.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:58pm EDT

DoT's move into shared services buoyed by better trained IT workforce

Richard McKinney, the Transportation Department chief information officer, said he reduced contractor-federal employee IT workforce ratio to 1-to-1 from 5-to-1. He said better training and governance will help the agency centralize certain computer network services.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:50am EDT

DHS Science and Technology seeks help to find its ‘North Star'

Reggie Brothers, the undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Homeland Security Department, is crowdsourcing ideas across four broad goals to determine where research and development is heading over the next decade. He will use the results of the crowdsourcing effort to influence S&T's strategic plan.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:24am EDT
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RFP officially begins DoD effort to modernize electronic health records

After more than a year of planning, the Defense Department issues the final solicitation for a commercial software to replace its AHLTA program. The Pentagon expects to make a single award for the contract that could be worth $11 billion over its lifetime.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:51am EDT

Additional tools are good, but contracting officers need OFPP cover

As part of its effort to bring innovation into the federal procurement process, especially around technology, the White House added another tool to the toolbox to help change the federal culture. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature. Read more from this edition of Jason's Notebook.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:58am EDT

Role shifts for some GSA acquisition executives

Look out for some familiar faces in new positions in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature. Read more from this edition of Jason's Notebook.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:56am EDT

The EAGLE (2) has landed, softly

It's go time for the most sought after part of the Homeland Security Department's EAGLE II technology services contract. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:53am EDT

Agencies losing faith in prices on GSA schedules?

A growing number of agencies no longer believe prices under the General Services Administration schedules program are "fair and reasonable." This story is part of Jason Miller's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook."

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:49am EDT

25,000 DHS employees at greater risk of identity theft after hack

New details emerge about the cyber attack against USIS. Hackers accessed personal information of Department of Homeland Security workers, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. DHS will offer credit monitoring services to the affected employees.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:08am EDT

GSA predicts new initiatives will light the path toward better governmentwide acquisition

The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks to cover office supplies, IT hardware and IT software. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe detailed the strategy to give customer agencies more data to make better acquisition decisions.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:11am EDT
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NSA's mobility mission office puts itself out of business

The National Security Agency closed down an office dedicated to mobility, because devices and apps have become part of the fabric of everything the agency does. But NSA, like all agencies, still must figure out how to secure mobile devices using derived credentials.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 04:53am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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Labor overcoming budget stagnation to modernize IT

Dawn Leaf, Labor's deputy chief information officer, said the agency is moving to a centralized infrastructure and hopes to give its bureaus a platform on which to build mission-critical apps.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 02:31pm EDT
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