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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration will stop accepting new vendors on its services schedule in the coming months. The decision to temporarily close down seven schedule contracts for services to new companies is part of how GSA is giving its entire program a facelift. Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the steps needed to create a consolidated services schedule.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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OMB to Congress: Fix 2015 budget to avoid return of limited sequester

The White House sends its annual report to Congress outlining the cuts to discretionary spending next year. DoD, Energy and the FBI would face an extra $34 million cut to reach Budget Control Act cap levels if the Senate's spending bills become law.

Tags: budget , management , OMB , sequestration , Congress ,

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:58pm EDT

DoT's move into shared services buoyed by better trained IT workforce

Richard McKinney, the Transportation Department chief information officer, said he reduced contractor-federal employee IT workforce ratio to 1-to-1 from 5-to-1. He said better training and governance will help the agency centralize certain computer network services.

Tags: technology , Richard McKinney , Ask the CIO , DoT , workforce , training ,

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:50am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is crowdsourcing its next set of research areas. Reggie Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at DHS, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about this effort to reach a broader set of minds to help secure the homeland. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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DHS Science and Technology seeks help to find its ‘North Star'

Reggie Brothers, the undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Homeland Security Department, is crowdsourcing ideas across four broad goals to determine where research and development is heading over the next decade. He will use the results of the crowdsourcing effort to influence S&T's strategic plan.

Tags: technology , research and development , DHS , crowdsourcing , Reggie Brothers ,

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:24am EDT
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RFP officially begins DoD effort to modernize electronic health records

After more than a year of planning, the Defense Department issues the final solicitation for a commercial software to replace its AHLTA program. The Pentagon expects to make a single award for the contract that could be worth $11 billion over its lifetime.

Tags: DoD , technology , electronic health records , health IT , acquisition , contracting , Christopher Miller ,

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:51am EDT

25,000 DHS employees at greater risk of identity theft after hack

New details emerge about the cyber attack against USIS. Hackers accessed personal information of Department of Homeland Security workers, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. DHS will offer credit monitoring services to the affected employees.

Tags: cybersecurity , DHS , USIS , personal identifiable information ,

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:08am EDT

NSA's mobility mission office puts itself out of business

The National Security Agency closed down an office dedicated to mobility, because devices and apps have become part of the fabric of everything the agency does. But NSA, like all agencies, still must figure out how to secure mobile devices using derived credentials.

Tags: technology , mobile , DoD , NSA , Mark Althouse , Greg Youst , DISA , cybersecurity ,

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 04:53am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

NASA becomes the second large agency to tell its contracting officers not to trust the prices under the General Services Administration schedules. Instead, the space agency's contracting experts must analyze prices before signing on the task order on the dotted line. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about this growing trend in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: GSA , acquisition , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 08/25/2014, 06:17am EDT
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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 ,

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