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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , Research and development , workforce , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Agencies have a long way to go to reach data-centricity

USDA, DHS and Transportation are taking steps to implement OMB's May 2013 open data policy. Each agency faces policy and process challenges, but they say progress is starting.

Tags: management , Open data , OMB , DoT , Dan Morgan , Bobby Jones , USDA , Donna Roy , information sharing , AFCEA , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:04am EST
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FBI: Cyber attack against Sony would have bested most federal defenses too

Whether or not North Korea was behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, its level of sophistication suggests it was sponsored by a country, not a group of hackers. And the FBI believes the same attack could just as easily have penetrated most sophisticated networks, including government ones.

Tags: FBI , Treasury , cybersecurity , Congress , Joseph Demarest , Brian Peretti , Phyllis Schneck , Senate Banking Committee , Bloomberg Government , oversight , information sharing , technology , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:50am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

When awarding a competitively-bid contract on past performance, you better make sure you look carefully at references the bidders provide. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found this out the hard way. It lost a protest when a services contractor complained ICE didn't do its due diligence on past performance. The Government Accountability Office agreed. In this week's Legal Loop Segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the lessons learned from the case.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , contracting , ICE , GSA , Legal Loop , Petrillo and Powell ,

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:26pm EST
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DHS S&T offers outlet to commercialize cyber research

The Science and Technology Directorate is giving more than 50 companies a chance to show off their DHS-funded cyber innovations. The cyber showcase is the first of its kinds from S&T.

Tags: technology , Doug Maughan , Research and development , cybersecurity , FDA , medical devices , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:07am EST
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Online Chat: Ask the DHS Cyber R&D Expert

Dr. Doug Maughan, cybersecurity division director at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, joins Federal News Radio at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, for a free online chat to discuss the agency's upcoming research and development showcase and S&T's focus for 2015.

Tags: Doug Maughan , Science and Technology Directorate , cybersecurity , Research and development , online chat

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 11:00am EST

Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

For the first time, the Homeland Security Department is showcasing its cybersecurity research and development for a much wider audience. The Science and Technology Directorate's goal is to move these cyber projects out of the lab and into the commercial marketplace. Doug Maughan, director of the cybersecurity division within DHS' Science and Technology directorate, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what DHS wants to accomplish with next week's cyber R&D showcase in Washington.

Tags: Doug Maughn , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:58pm EST
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Bruce Foucart, Acting Director, Intellectual Property Rights Center, ICE

The end-of-year holiday shopping season always seems to suck in a torrent of counterfeit merchandise, everything from faux Louis Vuitton baggage to fake car tires. It's also when federal agencies charged with stopping trade in counterfeits swing into high gear. A group of federal partners team up with industry and nonprofit organizations to warn consumers of holiday shopping scams. Bruce Foucart is the Acting Director of the Intellectual Property Rights Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why they've stepped up their effort.

Tags: Bruce Foucart , ICE , Counterfeit products , Intellectual Property Rights Center , Tom Temin , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:07am EST
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Key lawmakers seek pension changes

Tags: Congress , budget ,

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 03:10am EST
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