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For feds, secure information sharing puzzle slowly coming together

Information Sharing Environment is helping to shape the policy and technology pieces to help implement the two-year-old White House's strategy on information sharing and safeguarding. The back-end attribute exchange is an expanding component to solve this challenge.

Tags: technology , information sharing , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , cybersecurity , back-end exchange , exclusive , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/26/2014, 07:46am EST
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Board finds GSA wrongfully fired two senior officials in conference scandal

The Merit System Protection Board agrees that GSA's conference scandal was, indeed, scandalous. But at least two of the senior officials GSA fired in response didn't have much to do with the whole affair.

Tags: workforce , Shakeup at GSA , management , MSPB , Western Regions Conference , Paul Prouty , James Weller , Jared Serbu

Monday - 12/29/2014, 03:55am EST

Connect.gov is latest attempt to get buy-in to online ID management

The General Services Administration launched the Connect.gov portal in November and awarded two vendors contracts to provide secure electronic credentials. VA and USDA are among the first agencies to put applications on the cloud credential exchange. USPS is developing the technology infrastructure to allow this shared service to happen.

Tags: Jason Miller , technology , cybersecurity , identity management , Jennifer Kerber , Verizon , ID.me , connect.gov , Federal Cloud Credential Exchange , Forrester

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have a new tool to make online services easier and safer for citizens. The General Services Administration officially launches Connect.gov with two private sector vendors providing identity management services. Jennifer Kerber, director of Connect.gov in the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what the launch of the the new service means to agencies.

Tags: Jason Miller , Francis Rose , In Depth , connect.gov , technology , Jennifer Kerber

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:45pm EST
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Lockheed, Iron Mountain pay millions to settle overbilling allegations

The Justice Department settled two different cases with large contractors, both of which allegedly overcharged the agencies under the False Claims Act.

Tags: Jason Miller , industry , contracting , oversight , Justice Department , False Claims Act , Lockheed Martin , Iron Mountain ,

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:19pm EST

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
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