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OMB launches PortfolioStat to reduce commodity IT spending

Agencies have to meet a series of milestones starting in June to eventually migrate two commodity IT functions to shared services or strategic sourcing contracts. VA, GSA, Interior and Patent and Trademark Office have tested the concept of managing by portfolios as well as vendor management organizations.

Tags: technology , Management , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , Roger Baker , VA , GSA , Casey Coleman , David Kappos , Patent and Trademark Office , David Hayes , PortfolioStat , TechStat , vendor management organizations , IT efficiencies , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Obama administration two-sided on openness, expert says

Angela Canterbury, director of Public Policy at the Project on Government Oversight, said the Obama administration's efforts at transparency and openness have garnered mixed results.

Tags: Angela Canterbury , POGO , oversight , Open government , Accountability and Transparency Board , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:17pm EDT
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OMB reports contract spending stayed flat in 2011

A new report shows agencies already cut the use of management-support contracts by 7 percent in 2011. OMB details four focus areas to continue to reduce spending on contracts for 2012.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Danny Werfel , OMB , Commerce , Rebecca Blank , Intelligent Decisions , strategic sourcing , Campaign to Cut Waste , HHS , management support contracts , high-risk contracts , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:32pm EST

NRC taking financial system to cloud

The agency hired CGI Federal to move its application from the Interior Department to the private cloud.

Tags: technology , NRC , CGI Federal , financial management , Cloud computing , Shared services , Contracting , industry , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/10/2012, 12:18pm EST

Interior trying again to move email, collaboration to cloud

The department released a new RFP asking for a host of services. Interior made an award in 2010 to a Microsoft provider only to see a Google provider protest and eventually force the agency to pull back the contract.

Tags: technology , Contracting , Cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , Google , Microsoft , Onix , Softchoice , industry , Andrew Jackson , Bernie Mazer , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 06:01am EST

Will Interior's new mobile portal pave the way for other agencies?

With the launch of a new portal this week, Interior Department employees can now use their own mobile devices to log on to the agency's network. Mark Forman, the first E-gov administrator at the Office of Management and Budget and the co-founder of Government Transaction Services, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss what Interior's new policy could mean for other agencies.

Tags: mobile , technology , Mark Forman , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Friday - 02/03/2012, 06:28pm EST
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Interior employees can now access network on mobile devices

Interior Department launches new portal that allows employees to access the agency's internal network using their own mobile devices. Starting today, employees can use a tablet or smartphone to record time and attendance.

Tags: Andrew Jackson , mobility , accessibility , Federal Drive , workforce , technology , cybersecurity

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 12:13pm EST
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Will 2012 be the year agencies focus on succession planning?

Pressure is growing on agencies to draft formal succession plans. There's good reason to believe more feds retired in late 2011 than in recent years, although the final count is not yet out.

Tags: workforce , succession planning , agriculture , VA , John Sepulveda , Pam Malam , Management , retirement , William Milton , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 08:39pm EST
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Interior tries again to move email to the cloud

The department released a request for information for 11 email and collaboration services in the cloud. The RFI comes after Onix and Google dropped its protest of Interior's award to Softchoice and Microsoft for cloud email in October 2010.

Tags: Contracting , industry , Cloud computing , Google , Microsoft , Onix , Softchoice , Email-as-a-service , FISMA , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 12:47pm EDT

Interior plans merge for mine regulations office

Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar has launched a process that would merge the department's office for mining reclamation with the larger Bureau of Land Management. Salazar said the move is part of the department's continued push for greater efficiencies.

Tags: Ken Salazar , Bureau of Land Management , OSM , David J. Hayes

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 09:38am EDT
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