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USPTO battles Snowmageddon with telework

With the Federal Government closed for a record fourth day because of two back-to-back blizzards in the DC area, agency heads are now thinking about how to stay open in spite of weather related emergencies. One Federal agency says it has found the solution.

Tags: mngt , technology , teleworking , John Berry , OPM , Danette Campbell , USPTO , Pete Garcia , Fredericksburg Telework Center , telework.gov

Thursday - 02/11/2010, 06:42am EST
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Mobile apps, TechStat lead OMB's IT evolution

Fiscal 2011 technology budget request is $79 billion and Vivek Kundra says that will address several challenges, including closing the gap between the private and public sector. GSA will run new apps store for handheld devices. OMB will lead the review of troubled IT programs.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , Howard Schmidt , OMB , VA , EPA , CGI , Apple , cybersecurity , 2011 budget , IT Dashboard , mobile computing , TechStat , program management , PMAS , HSPD-12 , identity management

Wednesday - 02/10/2010, 06:56am EST
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OMB taking IT LOB to the cloud

New focus on line of business initiative will test cloud computing across seven areas. Overall IT budget to grow by 7 percent.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , OMB , OPM , 2010 budget , cloud computing , telework , Work-at-a-distance , HSPD-12 , ID management , IT LOB

Monday - 05/11/2009, 07:40pm EDT

OMB calls for a review of grant application systems

Risks found with Grants.gov; OMB asks for alternatives

Tags: technology , Peter Orszag , Tom Gavin , Vivek Kundra , OMB , HHS , Grants.gov , stimulus

Wednesday - 03/11/2009, 03:40pm EDT
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State Dept. ready to expand use of biometrics

The State Department in late January began testing the use of digital certificates on Microsoft Word and Excel documents, using the Group Policy Object function to digitally lock down Microsoft Office so employees does not use any macros that are not approved by State.

Tags: DoD , State , technology , HSPD-12 , biometrics , Microsoft , NIST , PKI , Jarrod Frahm , IDGA , Secure ID card

Wednesday - 02/11/2009, 07:38pm EST
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GSA riding to the rescue of agencies on Open Government

Agencies across the federal government face looming deadlines connected with the Open Government Initiative.

Tags: management , technology , Web 2.0 , AFCEA Bethesda , Open Government Directive , Bev Godwin , Ideascale , Max Cacas

Friday - 01/22/2010, 06:40pm EST
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Agency Instability: GSA begins to feel toll of not having permanent leader

Current and former officials say day-to-day operations are working well, but morale and long term strategy are suffering. Martha Johnson, the nominee to be GSA administrator, remains on hold in Senate. GSA names fourth acting administrator since 2008 and the parade of interim leaders is creating more uneasiness about the agency's future.

Tags: management , Stephen Leeds , Christopher Bond , Sahar Wali , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Martha Johnson , Danielle Germain , Lurita Doan , Acting administrator , confirmation process

Wednesday - 01/13/2010, 07:14am EST
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Federal shared services effort gets push from new executive forum

GSA leads the group of 20 trying to add structure to all the different initiatives. Shared Services Forum to submit ideas to OMB on how to move governmentwide effort to use cloud computing.

Tags: contracting , technology , management , Jim Williams , Jeffrey Zients , OMB , shared services , Lines of Business

Tuesday - 11/24/2009, 08:16pm EST
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GSA leases new space to begin modernization

New building construction to begin in 2011. GSA to move 1,200 employees into temporary space as it makes its new building a model across government.

Tags: management , Recovery Act , Green building

Tuesday - 11/24/2009, 05:58pm EST

Qwest receives approval to provide TIC services

Government sources confirmed that Qwest received approval last week.

Tags: technology , Qwest , AT&T , Networx , cybersecurity , Trusted Internet Connections Initiaitive , contract

Monday - 03/09/2009, 06:05pm EDT
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