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Eric Mill, Technologist, 18F Team, General Services Administration

A handful of government websites are taking at least one step toward making themselves more secure. They're hardcoding a security protocol that would make it more difficult for outsiders to intercept a visitor's connection. That's according to 18F, the General Services Administration's tech team. Eric Mill, a technologist and member of the 18F team, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the upgrade.

Tags: Eric Mill , cybersecurity , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , technology

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:41am EST
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GSA pitches acquisition reforms to Obama

The White House is interested government procurement. No, not the Office of Management and Budget, which includes the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, but the actual West Wing.

Tags: acquisition , Tom Sharpe , Laura Stanton , OFPP , Anne Rung , Barack Obama , Category management , Professional Services Council , industry , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:51am EST

Commerce invites employees to bring forth innovative ideas

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House's $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.

Tags: technology , Bruce Andrews , Commerce Department , budget , Idea Lab , HHS , digital services , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:36am EST
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OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

Tags: technology , Grant Schneider , OMB , DHS , Continuous diagnostics and mitigation program , cybersecurity , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , Michael Daniel , E-Gov Cyber Unit , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:46am EST
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Longer leases, improved space utilization key to big savings for GSA

With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a "buyers market" in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this "perfect storm".

Tags: PBS , House , Congress , House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management , Lou Barletta , Darren Blue , Scott Homa , Jones Lang LaSalle , Michael Reidy , Savills Studley , federal buildings , Michael OConnell , Freezing the Footprint

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:48pm EST

OMB seeks approval for agencies to ante up $15M for cross-agency goals

The White House proposed in its 2016 budget request to Congress that lawmakers approve the interagency transfer of money to pay for long-term progress against the 17 cross-agency objectives.

Tags: management , Beth Cobert , OMB , White House , 2016 budget request , cross-agency-priority goals , real property , Customer service , Category management , acquisition , Simplified acquisition threshold , Civilian Agency Property Realignment Act , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:53am EST

Justin Herman, Social Media Program Lead, GSA

Cyber-vandalism presents a serious threat to agencies. Just ask U.S. Central Command. As several attacks over the past year proved, users need ways to prevent or at least counter intrusions of social media accounts. That's where the Social Media Cyber-Vandalism Toolkit comes in. It's a new "living document" from the General Services Administration. Justin Herman, the Social Media Program Lead in the Office of Innovative Technologies at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what's in the guide.

Tags: Justin Herman , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , social media , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:46am EST
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What can Amazon do for your agency?

Mark Ryland, chief solutions architect at Amazon Web Services, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how his company can help federal agencies achieve their IT objectives.
February 10, 2015

Tags: technology , Mark Ryland , Amazon Web Services , data storage , Amazon Red Shift , cloud hosting , Managed services , IT security , IT development , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 08:23pm EST
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Q&A with Washington Technology's Nick Wakeman

Washington Technology Editor in Chief Nick Wakeman joins host Mark Amtower to discuss the top contracting stories in 2014, and what's ahead for contractors in 2015.
February 9, 2015

Tags: acquisition , contracting , government contracting , technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , mergers and acquisitions , FSSI , LPTA , Nick Wakeman , Washington Technology , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 02/09/2015, 07:53pm EST
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Waldron: GSA misses other direct costs problem in schedule redo

The General Services Administration and MITRE are modernizing the GSA schedules program. They've asked a number of stakeholders to look at questions they want to ask industry to determine how to move ahead. Roger Waldron is the President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's effort is welcome -- and overdue.

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

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:59pm EST
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