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5:02 pm, October 31, 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.

Commerce Secretary Pritzker layers people, customer service throughout strategic goals

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is overseeing progress against five strategic pillars, including innovation, trade and management. She said she's trying to make sure employees feel connected to the vision and mission of the agency.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 04:11am EDT
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Treasury CIO East to retire in June

Robyn East confirms she will leave after three years on the job.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:54pm EDT

GSA's Rung takes first step toward OFPP administrator role

Anne Rung, the associate administrator of the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, is heading to the Office of Management and Budget by the end of May to be a senior adviser.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:18pm EDT

Treasury CIO brings rest of agency around on shared services

Robyn East, Treasury's chief information officer, said users previously were not excited to move to an enterprise content management system, but a better understanding of the value of shared services has helped them come around.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Air Force's progress raises DoD's confidence toward audit readiness

The Air Force does a 180 and now predicts it will meet the September and the 2017 financial management deadlines. Government auditors and Senate lawmakers agree the key to this effort is whether the Defense Department can upgrade and improve their track record in implementing ERP systems.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA takes 18F on a magical mystery tour

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:27pm EDT

Energy's new plug-and-play technology infrastructure

Energy Department CIO Bob Brese said the launch of the OneNNSA network provides seamless identity management and collaboration services in the cloud.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 07:35am EDT
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OMB kicks off reforms with Smarter IT Delivery Agenda

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel details three focus areas to improve how agencies buy technology. He says agencies must have the best people, the best contractors and well-designed processes to ensure success in meeting customer and citizen needs.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Treasury begins shared services quest to educate, integrate

The Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation issued two RFIs in the last few weeks. One announced an industry day for May 21, and the other is looking for ideas to improve how the government manages and integrates data from different systems.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Data to drive 2016 discretionary budget decisions

The Office of Management and Budget told agencies in its annual budget guidance to propose a 2 percent reduction in discretionary spending levels and an increase for a specific, prioritized set of programs that are working well. OMB's Lisa Danzig said agencies should use the data from their strategic reviews to help make these decisions.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 04:02pm EDT

ICE names Kern as its next CIO

Kevin Kern comes to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement after spending most of his career in industry.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:31am EDT

American Legion calls for VA Secretary, two others to resign

The organization says a series of whistleblowers and investigative reports show a "pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership" among VA senior leaders. This is the first time in more than 30 years the American Legion has called for the removal of a public official.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:51pm EDT

CompTIA buys TechAmerica to expand its public sector offerings

CompTIA has mostly focused on education and advocacy for small and medium sized firms. By acquiring TechAmerica, the association expands its reach into more procurement and technology lobbying and education.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 08:59am EDT

TIGTA's telework success sprouts savings, changes in other IT areas

George Jakabcin, the chief information officer for Treasury's Inspector General for Tax Administration, said a top priority is reducing how many printer and copier devices his office supports, while also improving the network experience for employees no matter where they are working.
May 2, 2014

Monday - 05/05/2014, 06:19am EDT
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USDA joins the ranks of the financial shared services providers

The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department Friday announced they recertified the departments of Interior, Treasury and Transportation and added USDA to be the support pylons of its financial management shared services initiative. GSA is no longer an approved provider, and it's unclear where its 44 customers will migrate to next.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:59am EDT

Tech America, ITI settle $5M breach of contract lawsuit

Neither of the tech associations would disclose any details of their agreement.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 05:24pm EDT

Obama to nominate long-time former fed to be OMB controller

David Mader would come back to government after spending most of the last 11 years at Booz Allen Hamilton. Mader spent 32 years working for the IRS before retiring in 2003. The President also plans to nominate new senior officials at Education, VA and the Army.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 04:31am EDT

Johnson proclaims management philosophy for DHS as a 'unity of effort'

A new memo calls for a more unified decision-making effort that is supported by data and analysis. Secretary Jeh Johnson is focusing on making programs more effective.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 04:19am EDT
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Six months later, contractors still feeling aftershocks of shutdown

In a special report, The Government Shutdown: Six Months Later, Federal News Radio checks back in with some of the companies it talked to in October to find out what long-term effects the work stoppage had on them. Overall, large and small contractors say they've lost some revenue and are seeing delays in contract awards and solicitations.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:08am EDT
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DATA Act victory sets stage for expected tough implementation

President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later this week that will require new levels of effort to make federal data more accessible. Now that the three-year effort to get the bill passed is complete, the hard work begins to make it a reality.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 04:07am EDT
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