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GSA News

How to improve cybersecurity through acquisition

Emile Monette, senior advisor for Cybersecurity for GSA's Office of Mission Assurance, and Carter Schoenberg, director of Cyber Security Services at CALIBRE systems, join host John Gilroy to talk about how to use the acquisition process to improve cybersecurity at your agency.
February 18, 2014

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 09:08pm EST
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GSA offers cash for ideas to reduce federal travel costs

The General Services Administration is offering $35,000 to the winner of a competition to identify ways for agencies to reduce travel costs.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 10:11am EST

The new direction of GSA schedules

On this week's Amtower Off-Center radio show, host Mark Amtower interviews Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners, on the future of GSA schedules.
February 10, 2014 (Encore presentation February 17, 2014)

Monday - 02/10/2014, 10:39am EST
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EPA receives high praise for innovation with water data

EPA's "How's My Waterway?" app earned the most votes out of eight finalists in ACT-IAC's Igniting Innovation awards. The site takes public data, simplifies it and adds new technology to make it easier to find and use by the public.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 03:51am EST
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GSA releases RFP for round 3 of office supplies strategic sourcing contract

GSA expects to make as many as 21 awards under the contract, which is estimated to be worth $1.25 billion over five years.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:36pm EST

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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GSA buildings commissioner Dorothy Robyn stepping down in March

Dorothy Robyn, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service, will be leaving her post in March. GSA will name her replacement at a later date.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 03:13pm EST

GSA axes 2014 expo for second year

GSA is axing its annual Expo conference, citing the current fiscal climate. It's the second year in a row the agency's signature conference has been called off. Meanwhile, GSA is also phasing out its traditional SmartPay training conference in favor of a virtual forum, which will be held in the spring or summer of this year.

Friday - 01/24/2014, 02:50pm 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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Agencies 'open the door' to innovative uses of social media

More than 60 social media apps are now available to agencies, allowing them to select the best method to meet their missions. One of the areas that's most ripe for innovation is in emergency management.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 07:40am EST
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Fed buildings to get much-needed upgrades thanks to budget boost

The General Services Administration says it will finally be able to begin digging out of a backlog of deferred maintenance of federal buildings thanks to a boost in funding from the recently passed bipartisan spending bill. The spending bill, passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last week, authorizes GSA to spend about $9.3 billion from the Federal Buildings Fund.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 01:00pm EST

DHS awards $60 million in cyber awards

GSA made the first set of awards under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) contract.

Friday - 01/17/2014, 02:44pm EST

GSA kicks off Alliant V2 planning

GSA launches a new social media site to gather industry and agency feedback on how to improve one of the most successful GWACs ever.

Friday - 01/17/2014, 01:50pm EST

Post conference scandals, agencies struggle to find balance

OMB reported agencies avoided spending $3 billion on travel and conferences in 2013 as compared to 2010. Senate lawmakers are concerned how to ensure agencies don't slide back into old habits of lavish spending on conferences.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:09am EST
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Duncan calls for 'reality check' on DHS headquarters project

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, released a majority staff report that questioned the planning and future efficacy of the Homeland Security Department consolidating its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths campus in D.C.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:22pm EST

Turnover in GSA's senior ranks continues

Dennis Papula, director for management and strategy in the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, becomes the fifth senior executive to leave in the last week. He is moving to the Federal Trade Commission.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 10:54am EST

What federal IT can learn from Inspector Clouseau

We often look at organizations and wonder why they are burdened with overhead not relevant to the current world in which we live. Often it is found to be the cures for past sins and overreactions to those sins says former federal exec Bob Woods.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 02:35pm EST

Reduced conference spending could save government $500M each year

Increased oversight and tighter controls have led to a nearly 90 percent drop in conference spending since 2010 at four agencies. The reductions could amount to $500 million in annual savings across the government.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 10:47am EST

GSA losing four key senior executives

Four high-ranking officials are leaving the General Services Administration. They are Deputy Administrator Susan Brita; CIO Casey Coleman; Kelly Olson, director of Strategic Initiatives; and Sheila Campbell, director of the Center for Excellence in the Digital Government Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 02:42pm EST

Transition to Networx telecom contract cost $395M more than planned

The Government Accountability Office found in a new report that the 33-month delay in moving to GSA's Networx contract from FTS2001 caused agencies to spend more money and miss out on potential savings.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 12:50pm EST
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