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OSTP wants help in making scientific data accessible

Under the America Competes Act, an interagency working group issued a RFI asking for input across 13 areas on how to ensure federally-funded research data is available for the long-term.

Tags: OSTP , America Compete Act , data management , records management , industry ,

Friday - 11/04/2011, 02:25pm EDT

Army to meet renewable energy goals through predictability

The Energy Initiatives Task Force held its first industry day to explain how it wants to get green energy projects built on installations. The Army must receive 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The task force will develop an acquisition strategy and a new multiple-award contract over the next year.

Tags: DoD , Richard Kidd , John Lushetsky , Katherine Hammack , Green government , renewable energy , Army , Army Energy Initiatives Task Force , industry , contracting ,

Friday - 11/04/2011, 05:30am EDT
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OMB's Lew says shutdown unlikely, no decision on longer pay freeze

Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew said he's optimistic Congress will keep the government running when the CR runs out later this month. But he said the administration is undecided about whether to extend the federal pay freeze. Lew said budget cuts are an opportunity for all agencies to get better.

Tags: management , Jacob Lew , OMB , budget , Congress , spending bills , Politico ,

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 01:56pm EDT
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Agencies using cloud to de-clutter IT systems

The Homeland Security Department and NASA moving to the cloud to support mission needs and reduce the cost and effort to support back-office systems. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said he is focusing on four areas of cloud: agencies, procurement, international and cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , Richard Spires , Keith Trippie , Adrian Gardner , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , DHS , NASA , NIST , cloud computing , cybersecurity , FedRAMP ,

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 05:23am EDT
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With improved cybersecurity, Los Alamos moves to cloud, wireless

Tom Harper, the lab's CIO, said the national laboratory created an infrastructure-on-demand platform for easy provisioning of cloud services. He said Los Alamos also introduced WiFi earlier this year for access to its unclassified network.

Tags: technology , Tom Harper , Energy , Los Alamos , cybersecurity , cloud computing , mobile computing , Ask the CIO ,

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 05:10pm EDT
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With improved cybersecurity, Los Alamos moves to cloud, wireless

Tom Harper, the lab's CIO, said the national laboratory created an infrastructure-on-demand platform for easy provisioning of cloud services. He said Los Alamos also introduced WiFi earlier this year for access to its unclassified network.

Tags: technology , Tom Harper , Energy , Los Alamos , cybersecurity , cloud computing , mobile computing , Ask the CIO ,

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 11:45am EDT

OFPP Administrator Daniel Gordon leaving

The administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy will join the George Washington University Law School as an associate dean. Gordon spent two years at OFPP working on a variety of issues from improving the workforce to reducing the use of high risk contracts to advocating for more collaboration between industry and government.

Tags: Dan Gordon , OMB , OFPP , contracting , acqusition , Jack Lew , George Washington University Law School , acquisition workforce , service contracting , Mythbusters , Chief Acquisition Officer

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 12:26pm EDT

OMB, Congress to put grant-making process under more scrutiny

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he will hold hearings to see how to make the federal grant process more transparent. The administration merged two existing boards into a new Council on Financial Assistance Reform to improve the grant-making process. HHS awarded a $32.4 million contract for IT services for grants.gov portal.

Tags: technology , grants , OMB , James Lankford , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jacob Lew , Danny Werfel , Grants.gov , Council on Financial Assistance Reform , HHS , GAO ,

Monday - 10/31/2011, 04:20pm EDT
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Air Force suspends Iron Bow, others from new contracts

The companies must plead their case before the Air Force's debarring official. In the meantime, they cannot obtain new contracts or subcontracts.

Tags: industry , contracting , suspension and debarment , Air Force , Iron Bow , Advanced C4 Solutions , Superior Communications Solutions , Rene LaVigne

Monday - 10/31/2011, 07:49pm EDT

Rep. Lankford says training will ease acquisition workforce transition

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform said agencies need to do more to train new employees to make the best decisions. Lankford said the turnover in the workforce and the lack of consistent training for the new employees is a major concern for the subcommittee.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , training , James Lankford , OFPP , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Federal Acquisition Institute ,

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 07:29pm EDT
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