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VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , workforce , Ford Heard , Veterans Affairs , training , program management , suspension and debarment , strategic sourcing , T4 , CXO Surveys , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Senate lawmakers to extend greater power to CIOs

Senate legislators will introduce and markup its version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Wednesday, with a focus on giving CIOs full IT budget and contracting authority. The House and Senate bills differ in several ways, including how to limit the title CIO.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:40pm EDT
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DoD procurement chief Dick Ginman planning to retire

Pentagon's most senior contract policy official is set to retire soon, but schedule is uncertain.

Tags: DoD , Richard Ginman , Shay Assad , people , acquisition , Jared Serbu , exclusive

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:03am EDT

VanRoekel not confident IT reform bill would be effective

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel says good management policies should be enough to improve how agencies buy, operate and deliver technology.

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , technology , management , OMB , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , FITARA , IT reform , Congress , Jason Miller , Ask the CIO , exclusive

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 06:09pm EDT
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NWS enlists help to spread message, improve storm preparation

The National Weather Service launched the ambassador program in February, and it now has more than 350 private sector, state, local, federal agency and other partners. The ambassador program is part of the NWS Weather Ready Nation effort to set an example of how to prepare for weather related events.

Tags: management , National Weather Service , Laura Furgione , Weather Ready Nation , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:59am 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.

Tags: workforce , human resources , OPM , NASA , Jeri Buchholz , CHCO survey , employee morale , management , In Depth with Francis Rose , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
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Intel community's fight against terrorism moves beyond connecting the dots

The Data Aggregation Working Group, under the Information Sharing Environment, is creating a data aggregation reference architecture to give law enforcement and intelligence agencies a better approach to sharing information more securely and more quickly. The group ran two pilots and created a tool kit for others to use.

Tags: technology , information sharing , Dirk Rankin , Paul Reynolds , data standards , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 04:16am EDT
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Commerce Secretary Pritzker layers people, customer service throughout strategic goals

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is overseeing progress against five strategic pillars, including innovation, trade and management. She said she's trying to make sure employees feel connected to the vision and mission of the agency.

Tags: management , Commerce , Penny Pritzker , people , workforce , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 04:11am EDT
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ICE names Kern as its next CIO

Kevin Kern comes to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement after spending most of his career in industry.

Tags: technology , people , ICE , DHS , Kevin Kern , Thomas Michelli , Tom DeBiase , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:31am EDT

Six months later, contractors still feeling aftershocks of shutdown

In a special report, The Government Shutdown: Six Months Later, Federal News Radio checks back in with some of the companies it talked to in October to find out what long-term effects the work stoppage had on them. Overall, large and small contractors say they've lost some revenue and are seeing delays in contract awards and solicitations.

Tags: industry , contracting , government shutdown , Chris Romani , Integrity Management Consulting , Ambit Group , Kim Hayes , Bob Lohfeld , Lohfeld Consulting , Mike Hettinger , TechAmerica , Govini , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:08am EDT
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