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12:43 am, September 22, 2014

GSA News

GSA IG Miller to leave government

Brian Miller submitted his resignation to President Barack Obama April 7 and plans to retire after nine years on the job.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 03:56am EDT
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SBA finds fault with GSA's strategic sourcing analysis for office supplies

SBA said GSA's impact analysis failed on two main accounts. SBA said it disagreed on GSA's claim that OS3 is a follow-on contract to OS2 and therefore is not a consolidation of contract requirements subject to the provisions of the Small Business Act. SBA also said GSA's argument that it is "contrary to law" to provide an economic analysis on the consequences of small business on a consolidated contract is wrong.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:30pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The FBI and inspectors general from the Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration are investigating an 18 month scam targeting vendors on the GSA schedule. The bad actors are spoofing federal employee emails to buy toner cartridges with stolen credit cards. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explains the scam to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, and how schedule holders can protect themselves. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:45am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon goes its own way on GSA schedules; VA still thinks its electronic health record can

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 03:59am EDT
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For GSA, virtual desktop opens the door to more cost savings

Sonny Hashmi, acting CIO at GSA, said his goal is to have at least half of all employees using VDI in 2014 and 75 percent by the end of 2015. VDI, along with application rationalization and other initiatives, is part of how GSA is looking to reduce IT spending further.
April 3, 2014

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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Scam targets GSA schedule holders using spoofed federal email addresses

The FBI, and the EPA and GSA IGs have been investigating spear phishing attacks using real federal employee email addresses and stolen credit card numbers to buy toner cartridges online. GSA said scammers so far have targeted employees of the EPA, Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commerce Department's Census Bureau, the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:06pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The next version of cloud security standards is under development, even as agencies race to comply with current ones. The General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are kicking off FedRAMP 2.0 by incorporating new NIST guidance. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain how the agencies are keeping different standards aligned. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:26am EDT
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Version 2 of cloud cybersecurity standards coming soon

DoD CIO Teri Takai clarifies the Pentagon plans to use the FedRAMP baseline. DHS and GSA are working together to ensure the continuous diagnostics and monitoring program and FedRAMP are aligned. But questions remain around how other cyber initiatives fit into the cloud security program.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Data innovation, crowdsourcing on the horizon for Innovation Fellows program

The White House is looking for a few great thinkers for round 3 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which will focus on data innovation, crowdsourcing and digital projects. Applications are being accepted through April 7, with work scheduled to begin on the projects this summer. In part three of Federal News Radio's special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows, we get a behind-the-scenes look at what's ahead in round 3 of the program.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:00am EDT

What is a Presidential Innovation Fellow?

Over the past two years, 61 talented and diverse individuals from the private sector teamed up with federal agencies to develop solutions to some of the nation's toughest challenges. Watch the video to learn more about the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00am EDT

A procurement potpourri

Carolyn Alston, executive vice president and general counsel for the Coalition for Government Procurement will talk about the top procurement issues in the federal market.
March 25, 2014

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Industry Operations Analysts at the General Services Administration may be getting into situations that won't help the agencies it serves or the vendors it deals with. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, writes the Week Ahead newsletter. He writes: "Allen Federal has nothing against IOAs". In Depth with Francis Rose told Allen that sounds like the kind of statement that's followed by a huge but.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 06:20pm EDT
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The top contracting issues in 2014

Jim Phillips, executive vice president of Centre Consulting, will discuss various contracting issues with host Mark Amtower.
March 24, 2014

Monday - 03/24/2014, 10:17pm EDT
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Agencies setting off into the next data frontier -- procurement

GSA, NASA and NIH are providing agency customers more insight into what they are buying, how they are buying it and what prices they are paying. OFPP plans to launch the Prices Paid Portal later this year. But others say it's not about the data, but the outcomes agencies are trying to achieve.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 04:44am EDT

Cyber dashboard award initiates a deeper continuous monitoring push

GSA awarded a $47.3 million contract to Metrica Team Venture to provide software and services under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. DHS expects the dashboard to offer a more insightful view of the cyber health of agency networks starting this fall.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 04:48am EDT
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GSA envisions 18F will be the new hub of digital innovation

GSA launched the digital government program, called 18F, with the goal of accelerating innovation among agencies and building on federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park's vision for the government to act as a lean start-up.

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 03:26pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS cloud credential exchange almost ready, flood of GSA contract protests

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS' cloud exchange is almost ready to fly; GSA faces a flood of contract protests; and technology chairs shuffle at DHS and GSA.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:02pm EDT

OMB's Cobert says new performance goals to 'drive tangible outcomes'

In the fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress, the White House detailed 15 cross-agency priority goals and almost 100 agency-specific goals. The goals and new strategic plans are laying the groundwork for agencies to continue to improve mission delivery and operations over the next two years.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:45am EDT
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GSA appeals latest wrongful termination ruling

Former GSA Region 7 Public Buildings Service Commissioner James Weller has been put on paid administrative leave during an appeal by the agency, which could take as much as a year.

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 03:02pm EDT

Technical, data issues continue to plague vendor performance databases

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tries to get to the bottom of why, after a decade, contracting officers still do not have quality information on how contractors perform. GSA said it has a plan to integrate 10 databases by 2018 through a series of incremental improvements.

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 04:33am EDT
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