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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.

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: January 31, 2014

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller brings you IT news you might have missed.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 03:34pm EST

OMB's IT passback loses its luster, changes its goals

Multiple CIOs say the annual budget guidance is tame without any new priorities or programs.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 03:30pm EST

Shuffling chairs in senior IT positions

New CIO at EPA; GSA gets another OMB detailee.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:42pm EST

DHS revs up its part of the cyber executive order

Phyllis Schneck, the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS, said the department will release a voluntary cyber program on Feb. 14 as part of the deliverables under President Barack Obama's 2013 Executive Order. Schneck said among her top priorities is to continue to build a trust relationship with the assorted public and private sector stakeholders.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 04:11am EST
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DHS management chief Borras to return to private sector

Rafael Borras, the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, is stepping down after almost four years on the job.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:28pm EST

Railroad Retirement Board sets strategy to move off COBOL

Ram Murthy, the RRB chief information officer, is following a four-year IT enterprise roadmap to modernize his agency's back-office systems.
January 30, 2014

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 10:42am EST
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Recommendations attempt to raise acquisition, cyber consciousness

GSA and DoD release six suggestions for how to better integrate cybersecurity in the acquisition progress. The recommendations are one of the deliverables under the cyber Executive Order President Obama signed last February. GSA will release a RFI in the coming weeks to let industry and others comment on how best to begin implementation.

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 04:20am EST
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Agencies settling in on better privacy controls

More agencies are recognizing the growing importance of keeping data private after recent information leaks and cyber breaches. The Federal Trade Commission is among the agencies at the head of the pack and is relying on best practices.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 03:45am EST
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Obama offers few insights for feds in State of the Union

President Barack Obama did not address federal IT and procurement reforms during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he did call for a review of all federal training programs. He also reiterated the need to speed up federal permitting and the continued reduction of the backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 10:50pm EST
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White House calls for major changes to DATA Act

The Office of Management and Budget's markup of the Senate's version of the bill changes language around requiring data standards and how the information should be published. Open government advocates are concerned about OMB's suggestions.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 05:31pm EST
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OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta called Justice's case an "egregious violation of the public trust." OPM has taken steps to reform and improve the oversight of the security clearance system to prevent future "dumping" of cases.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 12:33pm EST

House Veterans Committee adds latest VA cyber breach to ongoing investigations

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants answers from the Veterans Affairs Department after its latest privacy and cyber breach of the data of more than 5,000 veterans through its eBenefits portal. VA says it has fixed the software defect and its Data Breach Core Team is investigating what happened.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 03:57am EST

Challenge.gov platform recognized for changing how feds solve problems

The Challenge.gov platform Thursday received the prestigious Harvard Innovations in American Government award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It beat out 600 other entrants to be the first federal winner of the award since 2003.

Friday - 01/24/2014, 09:25am EST
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IT Alliance for Public Sector sets sights on growing, influencing reforms

The newest industry technology association is recruiting new members and contributing to the discussion to improve federal IT acquisition. But in the short term, ITAPS faces a court decision on Feb. 7 whether the lawsuit filed by TechAmerica against it and three employees goes forward.

Friday - 01/24/2014, 04:48am EST
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NDU's iCollege helps future CIOs understand success factors

The National Defense University's Information Resources Management College offers 12 certificate courses and a master's of science degree in government information leadership to help current and future CIOs sharpen their technology and management skills.
January 23, 2014

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 03:06pm EST
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12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

A new white paper from SafeGov recommended ways for agencies to move to an integrated cloud and cyber approach and away from one that is fragmented and ad hoc in many respects. Karen Evans, a co-author of the report and a former Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and IT, said agencies need a clearer picture of how this integration could happen.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 04:09am EST
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OPM to RIF 300 workers from HR Solutions office

The Office of Personnel Management said it's abolishing 300 positions nationwide, about 25 percent of which are full-time workers. OPM said the budget environment where fewer agencies are hiring and training employees is causing the need to reduce staff.

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 02:06pm EST

DoT refocuses SES leaders to address shortcomings, improve skills

The Transportation Department is using 360-degree reviews and executive coaching to help members of the Senior Executive Service become better leaders. DoT is focusing on leadership, in part, because it was one of the areas of improvement highlighted in the Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 03:54am EST
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E-Gov Fund continues to stand alone, gets boost to $16M

Senate lawmakers won out over the debate about whether or not to merge the E-Government Fund with the Federal Citizen Services Fund. DHS also receives $166 million for cybersecurity programs in the fiscal 2014 spending bill.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 03:56am EST

3 takeaways from HealthCare.gov cyber hearing

HHS and CMS cyber officials tell House lawmakers the Affordable Care Act portal is meeting or exceeding industry best practices for information assurance.

Friday - 01/17/2014, 03:22pm EST
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