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12:18 pm, April 17, 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.

OFPP updates rules for how agencies should analyze ways to lower costs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy revised Circular A-131 for the first time in 20 years. A-131 promotes the use of value engineering (VE), which is an organized effort by an integrated product team to evaluate functions of systems, facilities, services and supplies with an eye toward lowering costs and maintaining performance, quality, safety and reliability.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 02:35pm EST

FCC's Bray empowering business owners through technology, choices

David Bray has been the FCC's chief information officer for about two months and already has six priorities to improve how the commission meets its mission.
January 2, 2014

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:06am EST
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CIO Council committee presses innovation forward

Margie Graves, the co-chairwoman of the Innovation Committee and deputy CIO at the Homeland Security Department, said the committee is focusing on three areas: Open data, data analytical tools and public-private partnerships to help agencies improve mission outcomes.
December 26, 2013

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 09:36am EST
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Improper payments rate drops for 4th straight year

OMB releases the latest details on how agencies did in fiscal 2013 and promises more guidance next year.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:12pm EST

CIO shuffle continues at SBA, DHS, OPM

SBA, OPM have new CIOs as the carousel in government IT spins once again.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:09pm EST

GSA's cloud computing sales trends

GSA's Mark Day said agency preferences in how they buy cloud services are clear, and point toward the need for a cloud broker.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:06pm EST

Top federal IT stories of 2013 provide few surprises

Federal News Radio surveyed more than a dozen current and former federal officials about what technology and acquisition stories stood out last year.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 05:59pm EST

VA cyber saga continues as audit shows continued holes in network security

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA's financial audit found material weaknesses, including the failure to remove terminated employees from accessing the network, and the lack of a formal process for monitoring, preventing installation and removing unauthorized application software on agency systems. House Veterans Affairs lawmakers continue to press VA to make changes to their cybersecurity posture more quickly. VA officials say they have a multi-layered defense to include outside network monitoring by external partners, active scanning of Web applications and source code, and protection of servers, workstations, network and gateways, among other security efforts.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:24pm EST
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Hettinger chosen to lead TechAmerica's public sector shop

Mike Hettinger has spent more than 20 years in the federal sector and now comes over to the trade association from the Software & Information Industry Association. He worked on Capitol Hill and for government contractors.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 11:12am EST

Office of Government Ethics enhances network to spur productivity

Ty Cooper, the OGE chief information officer, said a new voice over IP, virtual desktop interface and the move to Windows 7 will enable employees to take advantage of more workplace capabilities.
December 19, 2013

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 08:40am EST

Words from the wise: How 3 agencies attained best places to work status

NASA, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Communications Commission found success by engaging both managers and employees. All three agencies earned high marks in the annual Best Places to Work survey.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:30am EST
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OFPP refreshes program, project management certification requirements

A new memo from OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan outlines eight changes since 2007. Among the major changes is the requirement for program and project managers to meet all the certification prerequisites.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 12:57pm EST

Citizenship and Immigration Services eases burden of software development

The Homeland Security Department's CIS is using a continuous delivery model where it automates reviews of software code to ensure security and quality. DHS is using a similar approach for mobile apps called the Carwash, where it's checking the code to compliance with specific requirements.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:39am EST
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TechAmerica adds more specifics to allegations against former officials, ITI

The trade association offers more details about its claims against three former senior officials who left to join the IT Industrial Council. TechAmerica says the three officials downloaded a "truckload" of proprietary information about membership dues and other parts of the business, which will cause "irreparable injury" to the association.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 02:55pm EST

27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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White House says it won't separate NSA, Cyber Command

An interagency review group determined having one leader for both organizations makes the most sense to get the mission done.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:02pm EST

Cause, effect of DHS morale problems tied to leadership vacancies

Despite progress in confirming a new secretary and deputy secretary, DHS still features a large number of officials in acting roles. Former Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers the department cannot build nor sustain a mission-focused culture with so many non-permanent positions. NTEU says pay freezes, budget cuts and the government shutdown are more to blame for low morale across DHS and the entire government.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:18am EST

Interior shifts CIO, IT consolidation initiatives into a new gear

Bernie Mazer, the Interior Department's chief information officer, said among his top priorities are data center consolidation, cloud hosting, cybersecurity and strategic sourcing. He said the goal is to let the bureau level IT executives focus on mission and not worry about commodity IT.
December 12, 2013

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 12:26pm EST

VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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