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Raj Sharma, CEO, Censeo Consulting

Nov. 15 is the deadline for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to patch up the cybersecurity holes in the Healthcare.gov website. The Government Accountability Office offered 22 technical recommendations to the agency last week. Those problems appear just as the website nears its first birthday. Raj Sharma is co-founder and CEO of the Censeo Consulting Group. On the In Depth with Francis Rose Industry Chatter segment, he shared some ways to predict, and fix, longstanding problems with large federal IT projects like Healthcare.gov.

Tags: In Depth , industry , Industry Chatter , technology , health IT , Raj Sharma , cybersecurity , HealthCare.gov , GAO

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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GAO decides one of first protests based on FedRAMP compliance

SRA loses its bid protest of the HHS award for cloud email services to InfoReliance. GAO says HHS' evaluation factors were reasonable and properly considered.

Tags: acquisition , industry , HHS , SRA , InfoReliance , cloud computing , GAO , jason miller

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:27am EDT

TechAmerica dismisses Mike Hettinger as head of public sector practice

The industry association is once again in turmoil as it gets rid of Mike Hettinger, who was brought in to stabilize the association after a tumultuous year. TechAmerica brings in two consultants, Larry Allen and Bill Greenwalt, to handle the day-to-day activities of the organization in the meantime.

Tags: industry , management , exclusive , Mike Hettinger , Steve Ostrowski , TechAmerica , CompTia , Todd Thibodeaux , jason miller

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 01:54pm EDT

Pentagon's new version of Better Buying Power focuses on ‘technical excellence'

The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , contracting , industry , Better Buying Power , Frank Kendall , Stan Soloway , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am EDT
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10 questions on GSA's hallways initiative

Mike Sade, a former federal acquisition executive, said the consolidation of schedule contracts makes sense, but there are several unanswered questions GSA needs to address.

Tags: Mike Sade , commentary , GSA , hallways , acquisition , contracting , industry , Sade Associates , category management initiative , schedule consolidation

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:02am EDT

USIS pushes back against 'misleading allegations'

The troubled federal contractor issued a release to try to separate myth from fact about its handling of security clearances.

Tags: USIS , security clearances , industry , DHS , OPM , jason miller , oversight

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:02am EDT

GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , schedule contracts , industry , Transportation Department , jason miller , exclusive

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Tags: Jon Tester , James Clapper , security clearance reform , IRS , Tax delinquent contractors , contracting , DoD , industry , workforce , Senate , Congress , ODNI , GAO , Michael OConnell , oversight

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

Pentagon sees competition declining in defense contracting, and orders remedies

The Defense Department's acquisition chief outlined a series of changes intended to bolster competition for DoD contracts on Friday, lamenting the fact that the Pentagon has missed its competition goals every year since the goals were created.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , industry , competition , contracting , Better Buying Power , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Monday - 08/25/2014, 03:22pm EDT

GSA predicts new initiatives will light the path toward better governmentwide acquisition

The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks to cover office supplies, IT hardware and IT software. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe detailed the strategy to give customer agencies more data to make better acquisition decisions.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , Tom Sharpe , FAS , Kevin Youel Page , AFFIRM , jason miller

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:11am EDT
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