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EPA experiences the upside of contracting reforms

OMB issues a fact sheet detailing successes across the government. Agencies are using fewer risky contracts and achieving more competition. One expert, however, wonders if the insourcing initiative is part of the reason for the changes.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , Chuck Gherardini , John Bashista , OMB , OFPP , EPA , NNSA , Interior , DoD , Robert Burton , Venable , competition , sole source contracting , contracting reforms , acquisition workforce , insourcing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 06:42am EDT
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DHS shares privacy expertise in new handbook

The document describes how the agency protects privacy, including training and dealing with personal information. DHS tracks all privacy breaches in a secure online database.

Tags: management , CIO Council , privacy , Rachel Stevens

Tuesday - 07/06/2010, 06:46pm EDT

GAO: DHS still needs to develop acquisition processes

The Department of Homeland Security is still having issues with acquisition.

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , GAO

Tuesday - 07/06/2010, 12:40pm EDT

OFPP tries new approach to reign in MACs

Administrator Gordon says strategic sourcing is one way to ensure the government gets the lowest price and to consolidate existing contracts. Gordon also wants agencies to submit business cases for new multi-agency contracts, but doesn't commit to asking agencies to justify all types of multiple award contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , Steve Kempf , John Needham , Rick Gunderson , Claire McCaskill , Scott Brown , OFPP , GSA , GAO , NIH , NASA , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Interagency contracting , multiple award contracting , schedules , GWACs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:40am EDT
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CIOs ponder change and vision on the job

Fourteen years ago, Congress passed the landmark Clinger-Cohen Act, creating the job of chief information officer in federal agencies. How has the job changed over the years, and what do today's CIOs think of their role?

Tags: technology , chief information officer , Richard Spires , David Wennergren , DoD , Susan Swart , State Department , Joe Klimavich , NOAA , Government Executive , OMB , Clinger Cohen Act , Max Cacas

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:37am EDT
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FEMA struggles with financial systems controls

A new Inspector General audit finds FEMA failed to resolve some ongoing weaknesses. Inspectors also found a host of new vulnerabilities around cybersecurity and data backup.

Tags: technology , management , Jean Etzel , FEMA , inspector general , cybersecurity , financial systems , FFMIA , Meg Beasley

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 06:51am EDT

Rep. Lofgren wants contractors to fill cyber void

As agencies try to hire hundreds of trained cybersecurity experts in the coming years, there are questions about whether that need can be met. Some observers wonder whether there really are enough cybersecurity workers.

Tags: contracting , technology , cybersecurity , management , Greg Schaffer , Zoe Lofgren , OMB , OPM , Stan Soloway , PSC , Hord Tipton , ISC2 , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 06:46am EDT
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DHS wants trained cybersecurity workers ASAP

Where will they come from?

Tags: DorobekInsider , Max Cacas , cybersecurity , best practices

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 06:55pm EDT
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Senator has reservations about cybersecurity bill

Learn more in today's cybersecurity update.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DorobekInsider , Kit Bond , Leon Panetta , CIA ,

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 01:58pm EDT

OMB vows to end out of control IT projects

The administration issues two new memos focusing on all IT projects and specifically on financial management systems. OMB will issue guidance in the next month detailing how they will evaluate which programs are at most risk. OMB's Zients says programs worth more than $10 billion are significantly off track in cost, schedule or both.

Tags: technology , management , Jeff Zients , Vivek Kundra , Danny Werfel , Tom Carper , Susan Collins , Peter Orszag , OMB , VA , Energy , financial systems , project management , IT oversight , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 07:05am EDT
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