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7:41 pm, October 31, 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.

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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Energy CIO Brese to leave government

Bob Brese is leaving government after almost 30 years, including the last 11 at the Energy Department.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 11:41am EDT

Per diem rates to go unchanged in fiscal 2015

The General Services Administration announced Friday the standard per diem rate wouldn't increase, but the agency did outline some new non-standard areas.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:07am EDT

Air Force banking on role-based authentication system to lock down data

The service will test out a role-based authentication technology on an application in the MilCloud run by DISA. Frank Konieczny, the Air Force's chief technology officer, said the pilot could move into full production in six months. DoD is considering adding the role-based capability to the JIE framework.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 07:16am EDT

Office of Naval Research heeds lessons learned in latest move to cloud

Gary Wyckoff, the chief information officer of the Office of Naval Research, said ONR is on the cusp of putting several applications in the cloud. He said mobility is a more difficult road to travel.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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DoD to test commercial cloud for some sensitive data

Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting chief information officer, is planning to change the way the military uses and manages its network. The Joint Information Environment is driving many of the modernization efforts across DoD.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 05:22am EDT
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PTO's telework troubles open new pothole in feds' road to success

The Patent and Trademark Office's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Experts say PTO's challenges are part of the growing pains of telework.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:51am EDT
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OMB wants HealthCare.gov lessons to endure in new Digital Service Office

The White House named Mikey Dickerson to lead the Digital Service Office and to be federal deputy CIO. OMB also releases the TechFAR and Digital Service Playbook to help agencies implement agile and other innovative contracting types.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 06:13pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

FTC, SEC using cloud to create path to innovation

Bajinder Paul, the Federal Trade Commission CIO, said a new modernization roadmap will bring operational capabilities to employees, aggregate policies and major acquisition initiatives across the agency and, most importantly, create a path for innovation.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 09:07am EDT
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