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2:45 pm, September 30, 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.

House lawmakers lose patience with VA, introduce prescriptive cyber bill

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced the Veterans Information Security Improvement Act that would explicitly require VA to take steps to repair operational and procedure holes in its network and computer security processes.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:23pm 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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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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Better trained supervisors key to improving morale

Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
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Interior CIO Mazer to retire

Bernie Mazer becomes the eighth senior IT executive to leave federal service or move to a new role in the last six months. Mazer helped transform the way Interior manages and oversees technology.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:45pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD taking own path with cloud security, Treasury's Reger joins OMB

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller explores how DoD is developing its cloud security standards and Treasury is filling a financial management void.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:31pm EDT

DoD deputy CIO Carey to retire

Rob Carey, the principal deputy CIO at the Defense Department, will retire after 31 years in government. He is at least the seventh high level and long-time federal technology official to leave government in the last six months.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 08:53am EDT

West sets strategy to modernize PBGC's IT environment

Barry West, the chief information officer of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, outlined five strategic goals, including cybersecurity, cloud computing and mobility, in a new IT strategic plan.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Werfel, Blackman land in the private sector

Horace Blackman, a long-time Veterans Affairs IT executive, also leaves for the private sector, joining Lockheed Martin.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 03:24pm EDT

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

OJP kick starts workplace initiative with wireless network launch

Angel Santa, the deputy CIO at the Office of Justice Programs, said an acquisition is possible in the coming months for a wireless network as part of an effort to make employees more mobile ready.
March 20, 2014

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:52pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Heading into the next great data frontier.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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John Pescatore, Sans Institute

GSA's cyber dashboard is starting to look a little clearer.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:03pm EDT
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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

Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 06:19am EDT
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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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For the Marines, solving the BYOD puzzle is all about cost savings

Rob Anderson, the chief of the Vision and Strategy Division in the Marine Corps Command, Control, Communication and Computers (C4) office, said reducing the monthly data and voice fees for even 50 percent of the current employees using BlackBerrys could mean as much as $5 million that the Marines could transfer to readiness and operations and maintenance accounts.
March 13, 2014

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 09:44am EDT
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OPM begins its march toward a modern IT infrastructure

The Office of Personnel Management will focus its efforts around six pillars and a series of initiatives to improve how it uses and delivers technology services. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said the plan helps reinforce the collaborative approach needed to implement IT systems.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 03:50am EDT
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