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Beef jerky, reality shows, beer: Coburn tells DoD to cut it all out

A new report, called the Department of Everything, says DoD spending over the next 10 years will total almost $68 billion on non- military goods and services. Some recent examples include a smartphone app to help military members manage their caffeine intake and the sponsorship of a workshop by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency called the 100 Year Starship project, which included a session called, "Did Jesus die for Klingons too?"

Tags: management , Congress , Tom Coburn , DoD , budget , waste, fraud and abuse , Nora Bensahel , Center for New American Security , Elizabeth Robbins ,

Friday - 11/16/2012, 05:33am EST
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McConnell breathes life back into Senate cyber bill

The Republican leader said today on the Senate floor that after the debates over the DoD and Intelligence authorization bills, lawmakers could address concerns about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.

Tags: technology , Congress , Mitch McConnell , cybersecurity , Heritage Foundation , David Inserra , John McCain , Joseph Lieberman ,

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 08:12pm EST

Baitman starts HHS commodity consolidation effort with HR systems

Frank Baitman, the HHS chief information officer, said the agency will move its HR systems to a shared services provider in the coming year. He said HHS also will issue a solicitation for cloud services in 2013.
November 15, 2012

Tags: technology , Frank Baitman , HHS , PortfolioStat , cloud computing , Yammer , collaboration , shared services , vendor management organizations , Ask the CIO

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 07:03pm EST
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Senate cyber bill is 'dead'

The upper chamber fails to move cyber bill out of starting blocks by receiving 60 votes to end cloture. Lawmakers couldn't get past their concerns over the requirement for regulations and DHS' oversight role.

Tags: technology , Congress , Harry Reid , Joseph Lieberman , Charles Grassley , cybersecurity , U.S. Chamber of Commerce , Susan Collins , Tom Carper ,

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 05:55am EST
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Locality pay, official time reports likely to rekindle federal pay debate

The Federal Salary Council will submit to the Federal Pay Agent in the coming weeks a recommendation to increase the number of localities that get special pay rates. OPM also will release the annual report on how much time federal employees spend on union activities during working hours. CHCO Council will also consider certification process for HR employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , OPM , Angela Bailey , John Berry , Chief Human Capital Officers Council , Federal Salary Council , locality pay , official time survey , Senior Executive Service , HR University , HR certification , Pam Malam , Interior , USAJobs.gov , Presidential Management Fellows Program ,

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 05:27am EST
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For DoD, better buying demands high quality acquisition workers

The Pentagon releases Better Buying Power 2.0 with a new focus on professionalizing the procurement workforce. The updated program includes seven major focus areas with 36 initiatives. Ashton Carter, the deputy secretary of Defense, said version 2.0 takes the lessons learned and data from the last two years to further improve efficiency and cost savings of DoD procurement.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , acquisition workforce , training ,

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 05:36am EST
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OPM updates language announcing office closings

The Office of Personnel Management is changing how it refers to the operating status of the government. Now when federal offices are closed due to weather or other emergencies, OPM will use the terminology, "Federal offices are closed. Federal employees required to work should follow their agency's policies."

Tags: OPM , operating status , workforce , CHCO Council , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 12:40pm EST
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Deputy FAS Commissioner Jordan retires

Jon Jordan, the deputy commissioner in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, retired Nov. 3. Bill Sisk has been named to replace Jordan on an interim basis.

Tags: GSA , Mary Davie , Jon Jordan , Bill Sisk , FAS , exclusive

Monday - 11/05/2012, 03:12pm EST

GSA, Treasury try to breathe new life into SmartBUY

A new request for information asks vendors at answer 10 questions about improving the strategic sourcing of commodity software titles. This is at least the fourth attempt to get more agencies using the enterprise software licensing initiative.

Tags: acquisition , technology , industry , GSA , Treasury , strategic sourcing , Commodity IT , SmartBUY ,

Monday - 11/12/2012, 03:52pm EST

IRS reaches 'world class' stature for technology, management processes

The tax agency earned level 3 certifications for the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Terry Milholland, the IRS CTO, said the standard approach to developing IT systems will increase productivity and capacity, while also bringing in much needed discipline.

Tags: technology , management , Terry Milholland , IRS , Business Systems Modernization , ITIL , CMMI , standards ,

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:25am EST
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