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8:10 am, May 23, 2015

GSA News

Trends on GSA's Alliant that make you go, hmmm

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.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:02am EST

Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant, Former IG, GSA

The Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, John Roth, is raising objections about the alteration of a report from his office about Transportation Security Administration activities at John F Kennedy Airport. Brian Miller is managing director of Navigant, and former inspector general of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether or not it's common for agencies to change IG reports.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:31pm EST
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Jim Russo, Network Services 2020, GSA

Federal agencies are seeing an explosion in the use of satellite services. A lot of that growth is happening the defense and national security sectors, but it's not all happening there. Mary Davie, the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, writes about the explosion on her Great Government Through Technology blog. Jim Russo is the Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Technical Lead at GSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the DoD connection is important in the satellite category.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:22pm EST
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2014: A year in review

Carolyn Alston and Bill Gormley with the Coalition for Government Procurement, look back at what happened in government wide contracting in 2014, and what's ahead in the new year.
January 27, 2015

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:31pm EST
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GSA begins issuing SmartPay Chip & PIN cards to agencies

The General Services Administration expects to hand out over 1 million new SmartPay cards this year. The new cards include an embedded microprocessor chip that will enable data to be encrypted differently each time the cards are used.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:55am EST
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David Shea, Director, Office of Charge Card Management, GSA

For years federal employees have used credit cards for agency-approved purchases. The current General Services Administration SmartPay 2 master contracts don't expire until 2018. But the agency is wondering if there might be a better way for employees to pay for stuff. David Shea is the director of the Office of Charge Card Management at the Federal Acquisition Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the alternatives GSA is considering.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:40am EST
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DoD loses key IT exec; two formers are lured back to government

Long-time and well-respected cybersecurity executive Mark Orndorff is calling it a government career on Jan. 31.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:46pm EST

A second bite at the Networx apple?

GSA has made it clear the follow-on to Networx, called Network Services 2020, will live up to its name with most agencies not completely migrating to the new contract for another five years.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:40pm EST

Rich Buetel, IT Acquisition Expert & Policy Adviser

After nearly three years on the job, Dan Tangherlini announced yesterday that he will be stepping down as administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). His last day is Feb. 13. The agency today, however, is very different from the one he took over in 2012. Rich Buetel, a longtime Hill staff member and an IT acquisition expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on those changes, as well as what might be next for GSA.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 08:10am EST
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Dan Tangherlini is leaving as administrator of the General Services Administration. He tells GSA personnel in an email today that his last day will be Feb. 13. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he reviewed the legacy of Dan Tangherlini at GSA.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:09pm 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

Does CIO stand for 'chief information officer' or 'career is over'?

With the challenges that chief information officers face today, it is worth asking whether becoming a CIO is worth the work and jeopardy it seems to entail, says former FAA IT leader Bob Woods in a new commentary.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:07am 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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Dan Chenok, Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Good customer service is just one of President Barack Obama's 15 cross-agency priority goals for agency managers in 2015. Dan Chenok is executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the expectations agencies will have to provide top notch customer service.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 03:46pm EST

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

An update on The National Industries for the Blind

Kevin Lynch, president and chief executive officer of the National Industries for the Blind will give us an update on the organization and its current strategic challenges and market opportunities.
January 13, 2015

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 06:57pm 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

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The House Armed Services Committee and leaders within industry and Pentagon are making it clear defense acquisition rules need some work. And new Congressional leaders might bring new attitudes on acquisition that could reverse current trends. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015, and told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko 2015 is an important year for acquisition reform and the General Services Administration. He's optimistic about the future of procurement in 2015, but a look into his Magic 8 Ball said "The future is still unclear; ask again later."

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:16pm EST

New IG council chair maps out oversight priorities

New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General. On Jan. 1, Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, will begin his two-year term as chair of the organization. He and his predecessor, former GSA IG Brian Miller, discussed the many challenges of directing the 72 inspectors general in government.

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 03:13pm EST

Board finds GSA wrongfully fired two senior officials in conference scandal

The Merit System Protection Board agrees that GSA's conference scandal was, indeed, scandalous. But at least two of the senior officials GSA fired in response didn't have much to do with the whole affair.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 03:55am EST
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