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DoD defeating IEDs through innovative IT, acquisition approaches

Jim Craft, the CIO of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), said the culture of taking appropriate risk to get technology to soldiers is making a huge difference in saving lives.
March 14, 2013 (Part two of interview airs March 21, 2013)

Tags: Technology , Jim Craft , DoD , Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization , Rapid acquisition , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 10:52am EDT
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MSPB exonerates Prouty for role in GSA's Western Regions Conference

Paul Prouty, the former GSA Region 8 commissioner, won his appeal of the agency's decision to fire him in the wake of the Western Regions Conference scandal last April. The Merit Systems Protection Board's administrative judge found "no evidence" of wrongdoing by Prouty.

Tags: workforce , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , management , Paul Prouty , MSPB , Western Regions Conference , exclusive

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 05:12am EDT
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DoD constructing offensive, defensive cyber teams

U.S. Cyber Command is putting together dozens of groups to defend the military's network, to work with combatant commanders on offensive tactics and to respond to attacks against the nation. Gen. Keith Alexander, however, said budget cuts will delay DoD's ability to recruit and train team members.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , DoD , Keith Alexander , Robert Kehler , workforce , Senate Armed Services Committee , Training , sequestration , U.S. Cyber Command

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 06:13am EDT
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OFPP tells agencies to get serious about tracking contractor performance

Agencies must meet annual goals between 2013 and 2015 to enter data into the Past Performance Information Retrieval System. Joe Jordan, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said inputting and referring to vendor performance information can reduce risks for agencies.

Tags: Acquisition , Industry , Acquisition policy , contracting , OFPP , Joe Jordan , Lesley Field , PPIRS , Past performance , FAPIIS ,

Monday - 03/11/2013, 04:21pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Barry West returns, two CIOs leaving, Einstein cyber initiative faces delay

Barry West is returning for his fourth gig as a CIO, and three other key technology officials are leaving. Two congressmen want to pressure contractors to pay back taxes.

Tags: Technology , Barry West , Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation , Jeff Huskey , FTC , Jill Singer , National Reconnaissance Office , Keith Thurston , GSA , Scott Quehl , Commerce , Jason Chaffetz , Jackie Speier , Cybersecurity , E3A , DHS , Janet Napolitano , people , Industry ,

Monday - 03/11/2013, 05:31am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OPM personnel changes, Tangherlini gets more than 210 days

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , Technology , people , OPM , Matt Perry , Danny Werfel , GSA , OMB , FFATA , Nancy Kichak , Darrell Issa

Friday - 02/22/2013, 08:28pm EST

Farenthold bill offers way to stop sequestration-related furloughs

The Protecting America's Civilian Employees Act would require the Office of Management and Budget to submit a plan to Congress on how they would cut spending without harming the federal workforce.

Tags: Blake Farenthold , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , sequestration , furloughs , workforce

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 11:22am EST

As agencies come to terms with cloud security, another barrier emerges

FedRAMP and other initiatives are helping CIOs become more comfortable with securing data and applications in the cloud. But changing the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology is a bigger roadblock in moving systems to the cloud.

Tags: Technology , Cloud computing , Cybersecurity , FedRAMP , GSA , DHS , Richard Spires , Kevin Deeley , Justice , Amazon Web Services , Mark Ryland , Homeland Security and Defense Business Council ,

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 05:24am EST
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Issa asks agencies for alternative sequestration cuts

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to 17 agencies requesting short-term ways to achieve savings instead of the across-the-board cuts expected to start today.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Darrell Issa , Transportation , education , Oversight ,

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:33pm EST

CIO Council harnessing growing list of 'world class' IT programs

The CIO Council will add 25 more examples of IT project management excellence to its best practice database. DHS CIO Richard Spires said at the Excellence.gov awards Tuesday the goal of all of these success stories is to share what worked and leave a broader legacy across all of Federal IT.

Tags: Technology , management , Richard Spires , DHS , CIO Council , USDA , GSA , IRS , ACT-IAC , Excellence.gov , best practices , NNSA , DMDC

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 07:05am EST
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