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Joe Brennan, Managing Director, JLL Government Investor Services

The General Services Administration is signing short-term real estate leases before some of its contracts expire. The Washington Business Journal reports it helps GSA avoid paying higher prices to renew a deal after it runs out. But it also means GSA's locking itself into longer deals. That's a long-term problem, because the agency is supposed to be shrinking its real estate portfolio. Joe Brennan is managing director of JLL Government Investor Services Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his vision of the future for federal real estate.

Tags: Joe Brennan , JLL Government Investor Services , In Depth

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Confusion over FedRAMP? OFPP to clarify contracting language

Agencies are struggling in how they describe the requirement for cloud services to meet the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program cyber standards. The FedRAMP program management office details programmatic goals for 2015, including new metrics to determine governmentwide uptake of the standards.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , Matt Goodrich , Kathy Conrad , industry , OFPP , acquisition policy , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:55am 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 , Legal Loop , Petrillo and Powell , DHS

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:26pm EST
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GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Tom Sharpe , strategic sourcing , Office Supplies 3 , GAO , Rick Vogel , Coast to Coast Office Products , Kevin Paul , small business , bid protest , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/08/2014, 03:22am EST

OFPP's Rung rolls out 3-pronged acquisition improvement plan

Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , Anne Rung , industry , category management , DoD , acquisition workforce , digital services , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 06:00am EST
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Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

Federal agency inspectors general are submitting annual reports to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act. But your agency's networks may not actually be more secure because of that compliance, and those reports. Dave McClure is chief strategist of the Veris Group and former associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration. He also performed IT oversight at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether FISMA compliance for cybersecurity is counter intuitive.

Tags: Dave McClure , Veris Group LLC , In Depth

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33pm EST
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Roger Waldron, president, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration isn't taking advantage of two key opportunities that could make a big difference on the quality of its Schedules program. That's according to Roger Waldron -- he's president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the two opportunities GSA's missing out on.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:00pm EST
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Commerce takes bigger oversight role in its bureaus' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity within the Commerce Department has traditionally been overseen and managed by its 14 individual bureaus. Those agencies will still operate their own IT systems, but a new Commercewide oversight center will aggregate all information about the department's vulnerabilities into a single dashboard to be used by senior management.

Tags: continuous monitoring , SEC , Roger Clark , Tom Bayer , Jim Piche , FedInsider , Jared Serbu , Commerce , technology

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:33am EST
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FedRAMP developing a FISMA high baseline in 2015

The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, the acting director of the FedRAMP program, said the high-impact baseline would apply only to non-classified technology systems as characterized under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , Matt Goodrich , DoD , DHS , Trusted Internet Connections initiative , Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program , Joint Authorization Board , cloud computing , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/28/2014, 07:33am EST
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