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Contingency contracting a slowly turning tide, budget shows

The State Department's share of overseas contingency contracting has grown over the last few years as the department took on new activities and functions as the military departed Iraq. Still, the budget shows, the Defense Department is the main player in overseas contingency contracting. And there's no guarantee Congress won't turn to the foreign affairs budget in its efforts to dramatically reduce the deficit.

Tags: Hillary Clinton , State , DoD , contracting , contingency contracting , budget , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 01:54pm EDT

DHS demos cyber attack to help sway lawmakers to pass a cyber bill

The Homeland Security Department showed lawmakers and staff how easy it is to create a spear phishing attack against a federal employee using free, open-source tools. The agency also said the Einstein 3 program is under development and will rely on vendors to provide intrusion prevention services. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he expects the cyber bill to go to the Senate floor for debate no later than July.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , DHS , Mark Weatherford , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , John McCain , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Einstein 3 , Cyber bills , Critical infrastructure protection , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:23am EDT

Panetta orders review of mental diagnoses

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday he has ordered all branches of the military to conduct an extensive review of mental health diagnoses amid criticism of how the services treat the men and women suffering the invisible wounds of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tags: Leon Panetta , DoD , PTSD , Afghanistan and Iraq , Senate ,

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 06:44pm EDT

Acquisition bill tracker

Federal News Radio put together a list of pending legislation that affects federal contractors and the acquisition workforce. We will continuously update this list

Tags: Acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 09:35am EDT

Column: Finding answers to a better trained acquisition workforce

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the acquisition workforce is most important to improving how the government buys goods and services. He said with 55 percent of the current workforce eligible to retire by 2018, agencies and Congress have to work together to figure out how best to train and equip these employees to be successful.

Tags: James Lankford , House , Acquisition , acquisition workforce , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:56am EDT

Senate bill tries to break cyber overhaul impasse

The new bill from Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) change the Department of Homeland Security's control over cybersecurity standards in the private sector.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , Technology , Jon Kyl , Sheldon Whitehouse , Senate , Federal Drive , The Hill

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 08:06am EDT

Cyber legislation stuck in stalemate

Two competing bills disagree over how much Homeland Security should dictate cyber standards to the private sector.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Technology , Federal Drive , DHS , Sheldon Whitehouse , Jon Kyl , In Depth

Monday - 06/11/2012, 09:22am EDT

Inside the world's biggest buyer

All week long, Federal News Radio presents a multimedia special report on the changing face of acquisition. Throughout the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer, we hear from executive branch acquisition experts, lawmakers, auditors and industry experts on how the government can be a better buyer as it spends half a trillion dollars per year.

Tags: Acquisition , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller , contracting , workforce ,

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:31am EDT

House Homeland Security bill denies civilian pay raise

The White House has threatened to veto a House bill providing funding for the Homeland Security Department, taking issue with many of the bill's provisions, including a denial of a civilian pay raise. The committee bill also doesn't include any new funding for the agency's data-center consolidation efforts or construction for its new headquarters.

Tags: House , budget , House Appropriations Committee , DHS , pay and benefits , pay freeze , Cybersecurity , Einstein , St. Elizabeth

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 08:40pm EDT
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