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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.
November 21, 2013

Tags: technology , Margie Graves , DHS , CIO Council , Innovation Committee , agile development , open data , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 09:36am EST
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Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

For Casey Coleman, CIO of the General Services Administration, IT consolidations have netted big savings and allowed the agency to move in a more strategic direction. Meanwhile, Joe Klimavicz, the CIO of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says wider adoption of shared services can help agencies cut back on operations-and-maintenance IT spending to free up more cash for mission-specific tech initiatives.

Tags: technology , shared services , data center consolidation , Casey Coleman , Joe Klimavicz , In Depth , Federal Drive , Jack Moore , GSA , NOAA

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 10:44am EST
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DoD tasks innovation experts with stretching out technology dollars

Under sequestration, technology research has suffered disproportionately in the Defense Department. Leaders say those limited dollars need to be focused on making systems more affordable and taking advantage of commercial sector advancements.

Tags: DoD , technology , commercialization , DARPA , research and development , Arati Prabhakar , Alan Shaffer , Frank Kendall , Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:14am EST
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Lowest price becoming primary factor in IT, services acquisitions

New data from Govini, a market research firm, finds the number of lowest price, technically acceptable awards doubled from 2009 to 2013. Vendors also are seeing more and more agencies issue solicitations where price is the only or a major evaluation criterion. DoD, civilian agency official acquisition officials say LPTA is one tool in a large toolbox.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Stan Soloway , DoD , Frank Kendall , Shay Assad , PV Puvvada , Fritzi Serafin , Unisys , Centurion Research Solutions , Market Connections , Lesley Field , OFPP , Foreground Security , Alison Kidd , lowest price technically acceptable , Jason Miller ,

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 03:50am EST
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Major reforms needed to effectively manage federal IT

A unified IT architecture will create innumerable benefits to government and the private sector companies that serve its technology needs. But, disparate policymaking responsibilities across organizations such as OMB, GSA, NIST, DHS, and DoD make it difficult to realize that end game, say former federal executives Karen Evans and Julie Anderson.

Tags: Karen Evans , Julie Anderson , technology , IT , cybersecurity ,

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 03:44pm EST

How Congress lost its tech groove at the corner of CitiBank and a fruit basket

Congress, as an institution, doesn't appear to have the technological skills and knowledge to ask the right questions when it comes to increasingly complex agency IT programs. The congressionally-chartered Office of Technology Assessment was defunded in the mid-1990s and former staffers say its absence is sorely felt today. Many people say the time is right for a reboot of the OTA. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Tags: Congress , Jack Gibbons , Lorelei Kelly , Office of Technology Assessment , Peter Blair , National Academies of Science , Peter Johnson , technology , Rush Holt , Tim Persons , GAO

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 07:00am EST
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