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Agencies more aggressive in suspending, debarring contractors

A new report from an interagency committee shows departments have increased the number of contractors suspended or debarred by at least 150 from 2009 to 2010. The Army, DLA, DHS, EPA and OPM have debarred more vendors than other agencies over the past two years.

Tags: acquisition policy , industry , Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee , OMB , suspension and debarment , contractor oversight ,

Friday - 10/21/2011, 03:52pm EDT

VA gives the go ahead to its 'ruthless' IT reduction plans

The agency's task force detailed potential areas to cut the cost of technology in a 104-page report sent to the chief information officer this week. Stephen Warren, VA's principal deputy CIO, said the agency expects to save at least $50 million over the next year.

Tags: technology , contracting , VA , Stephen Warren , budget , IT spending , efficiency initiatives ,

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 07:25pm EDT
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Agencies overcoming cloud security fears

CIOs and other federal IT experts say cloud computing security isn't much different than other protecting other technology systems. The chief technology officer for the CIA, Gus Hunt, said the cloud's elasticity makes it harder for hackers to attack.

Tags: technology , Casey Coleman , Khawaja Shams , Gus Hunt , GSA , CIA , NASA , cloud computing , Google , Amazon , cybersecurity , Shawn Kingsberry , Recovery Board ,

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 06:04am EDT
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CIOs still not meeting spirit, intent of Clinger-Cohen law, GAO finds

A new report highlights fewer CIOs are reporting to their agency's secretary today than in 2004. More of these senior technology managers wear more than one-hat and are responsible for many areas outside the 13 the statute originally called for.

Tags: management , technology , OMB , GAO , DoD , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Clinger-Cohen Act , Teri Takai ,

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:28am EDT

GAO upholds two of three email-as-a-service protests

Two vendors found success in the claim that GSA was unfair in requiring data centers to be housed only in Trade Agreements Act designated countries. GAO also said GSA was ambiguous in its security requirements for cloud data centers. But the vendors lost on their protest of GSA's requirement for a "government-only" cloud.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , GSA , GAO , technosource information systems , truetandem , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , bid protest ,

Monday - 10/17/2011, 05:51pm EDT

Your ID card could soon be much more valuable

Big changes are coming for how you use that secure identity card hanging around your neck.

Tags: technology , ID cards , OMB

Thursday - 04/01/2010, 08:10pm EDT
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Is your job in danger of being outsourced?

OMB has a new test.

Tags: mngt , contracting , OFPP , OMB , inherently governmental , outsourcing , FAIR Act

Wednesday - 03/31/2010, 06:39pm EDT
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NRC open bids for its biggest-ever contract

Transformation is taking different shapes across the government. But at one agency it all starts with its biggest contract ever. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller brings us the details.

Tags: tech , contracting , open government , transparency , NRC , HHS , homeland security

Tuesday - 03/30/2010, 07:40pm EDT
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DHS headquarters at St. Elizabeth's making progress

WFED's Jason Miller reports.

Tags: management , acquisition , GSA , DHS , St. Elizabeth's , DHS HQ ,

Thursday - 03/25/2010, 04:09pm EDT
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Cybersecurity bill changes government response to threats

WFED's Jason Miller reports in today's cybersecurity update.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update ,

Wednesday - 03/24/2010, 07:33pm EDT
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