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IT is DHS's next challenge for better intel sharing

Homeland Security officials told Congress Wednesday they have made major strides in sharing intelligence information as a matter of policy and practice. DHS also is exploring the possibility of a departmentwide intelligence doctrine. Non-interoperable IT systems, however, remain a major obstacle.

Tags: DHS , Congress , management , information sharing , technology , Caryn Wagner , House Homeland Security ,

Thursday - 06/02/2011, 07:28am EDT
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Lawmakers mull new cyber powers for FERC

The House is preparing to once again take up legislation that would grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new authority to order private electrical grid operators to take emergency action in the event of a cyber attack or a new vulnerability. The power would extend to bulk electric systems and parts of the grid that supply electricity to Defense infrastructure that is critical to national security.

Tags: Congress , technology , cybersecurity , DoD , critical infrastructure , FERC , National Electric Reliability Corporation , White House , Energy and Commerce Committee , Paul Stockton , Joseph McClelland , Franklin Kramer , Stuxnet , Barry Lawson , National Rural Electric Cooperative Association ,

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 07:07am EDT
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Defense bill nudges toward outsourcing

Several outsourcing-friendly provisions made their way into the Defense authorization bill approved by the House of Representatives last week. The bill would lift a moratorium on public-private competitions via the A-76 process in DoD, and expresses the sense of Congress that DoD should insource only those jobs which are inherently governmental.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , OMB , inherently governmental , insourcing , outsourcing , A-76 , competition , Lexington Institute , Center for Strategic and International Studies , Defense Logistics Agency , Carlyle Group , Frank Finelli , David Berteau , John Conger , Redding Hobby , Dan Goure ,

Monday - 05/30/2011, 11:14am EDT
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CIOs cite struggles with agile development

Agency chief information officers say the road to more agile acquisition and development of information technology has some speed bumps, including misaligned budgetary and acquisition cycles, and industry partners who are just as accustomed to the old way of doing things as the government is.

Tags: technology , industry , management , Vivek Kundra , OMB , IT management reforms , agile development , AFCEA , CBP , VA , DoD , Kenneth Ritchhart , Stephen Warren , Teri Takai ,

Friday - 05/27/2011, 08:09am EDT
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Improper payment oversight improves

Obama administration officials told Congress agencies are taking a more aggressive stance than ever in their efforts to cut improper payments. The White House has set a goal of reducing such payments by $50 billion by next fiscal year.

Tags: Congress , management , OMB , USDA , improper payments , Danny Werfel , Richard Gregg , Calvin Scovel , Jacob Lew , Treasury Department , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board ,

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:53am EDT
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Gates: Pay and benefits should be on table for cuts

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military is not the cause of the nation's debt and deficits -- but it needs to be part of the solution. And he said finding that solution could involve reexamining military pay and benefits.

Tags: DoD , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , DoD budget , Robert Gates , efficiency initiatives , management , American Enterprise Institute , Cato Institute , TRICARE , Christopher Preble ,

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 08:21am EDT
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Defense puts green in its blueprints

Contractors building facilities for the Navy and Marine Corps have to offer up some green elements in their blueprints. WFED's Jared Serbu reports.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Green building , Navy , Marine Corps , LEED , biofuel , Ray Mabus , Suzanne Kubota , BRAC

Monday - 05/23/2011, 09:40am EDT
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Army heeding call for acquisition reforms

The Secretary of the Army said Wednesday that the service agreed with most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel on reforming its acquisition process. Secretary John McHugh told Congress the Army was moving forward with 63 of the 76 recommendations.

Tags: DoD , Congress , contracting , industry , Army , DoD budget , John McHugh , Martin Dempsey , Senate Appropriations Committee , Gil Decker , Lou Wagner ,

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:46pm EDT
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NTIA launches DigitalLiteracy.gov

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is partnering with nine federal agencies for a new online initiative designed to boost digital literacy among Americans. The new DigitalLiteracy.gov is designed to centralize resources for teaching computer and Internet skills, so they can be easily deployed to public libraries and other learning sites across the country. NTIA says the target audience is the 28 percent of Americans who currently don't use the internet at all.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:36pm EDT

USDA web tool highlights "food deserts"

The Department of Agriculture is trying to shine a spotlight on what it calls "food deserts" -- low income neighborhoods with poor access to nutritious food. USDA's Economic Research Service developed a Food Desert Locator, a web-based mapping tool that shows food deserts across the U.S., and shows population characteristics in those census tracts. The Department says it wants to help policymakers and researchers expand access to fresh and healthy food in the 6500 deserts across the country.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:35pm EDT
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