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3:40 pm, May 22, 2015

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.

OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:46am EST
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John Streufert, leader of federal continuous monitoring effort, to leave government

John Streufert, the director of federal network resilience, has announced he will be moving on from the Homeland Security Department after more than three years. DHS to reorganize cybersecurity office to meet new legislative requirements under the 2014 FISMA update.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 09:02am EST

New cyber threat center to fill gaps in information sharing

The White House announced Tuesday the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Center to improve coordination and collaboration of information about computer network security. The Director of National Intelligence will oversee the CTIC, and it will be modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 03:43am EST

OMB unties a few of the travel, conference spending knots

A CFO Alert tells agencies the White House would listen to proposals to spend more money on travel and conferences in 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:49pm EST

SSA's big data project speeds up transition to innovation culture

The Social Security Administration used excess desktop computers and an open source platform to tackle its big data challenge. For its efforts, ACT-IAC named SSA's improper payments and data analytics program a finalist in the Igniting Innovation awards.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 11:05am EST
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Rep. Edwards makes another bid to repeal pension contribution increase

Rep. Donna Edwards reintroduces the Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act to rescind the laws requiring feds hired after 2013 to pay more into their pensions than those hired before them.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 04:47am EST

White House names VMWare's Tony Scott as federal CIO

Tony Scott comes to government after spending his 35-year career in the private sector.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:21pm EST

Commerce's IT modernization is all about shared services

Steve Cooper, the Commerce Department's CIO, said the agency is looking to move four back-office functions to a private sector provider over the next two years.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:22am EST
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GSA searching for right people to run category management

The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:20am EST

GSA's new contract to feed hunger for agile IT development services

With more business than it can handle, 18F hopes a new blanket purchase agreement for IT software development will prove the culture is changing. GSA will issue a final RFQ in the coming weeks and make the initial award in late spring.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies obligated more than $18 billion in spending against the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services over the last five years. And one vendor got more than 10 percent of that revenue. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the winners under Alliant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those interesting trends.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:57pm EST
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3 incentives to encourage the adoption of the cyber framework

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said to encourage adoption of the critical infrastructure cyber framework, the government would focus on streamlining regulations, cybersecurity research and development and federal procurement policies and practice.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 10:10am EST

PSC acquires TechAmerica Foundation, ending 15-month saga

CompTIA decides to get out of the federal sector and focus on its core capabilities.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:16am EST
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OMB seeks approval for agencies to ante up $15M for cross-agency goals

The White House proposed in its 2016 budget request to Congress that lawmakers approve the interagency transfer of money to pay for long-term progress against the 17 cross-agency objectives.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:53am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies could get a 2 percent bump for their technology spending accounts in fiscal 2016. But what President Barack Obama's annual budget request to Congress is doing is acknowledging after years small IT increases, it's time to spend more to get bigger long-term savings. Federal News Radio Executive editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose the details on the 2016 IT budget request.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:26pm EST
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Highlights of President Obama's 2016 budget

Federal News Radio reporters go inside President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal to bring you the highlights.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 01:42pm EST

IT budget request rises to $86B, including $105M for digital services

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for additional funding to set up digital services offices in the 25 largest agencies and create idea labs to promote employee innovation.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:09am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Trends on GSA's Alliant that make you go, hmmm; FTC looking for a new CIO, DISA finds a replacem

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, 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. Bajinder Paul, who spent the last 17 months as the Federal Trade Commission's chief information officer, now is with the Federal Reserve Bank.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:10am EST
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Commerce's ITA getting out of IT business

Joe Paiva, the International Trade Administration's CIO, said he wants to outsource the agency's network, device management and printing to the private sector.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 08:46am EST
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Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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