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Three Recovery Board lessons ready for governmentwide expansion

The Government Accountability and Transparency Board submitted its first report to President Barack Obama last week highlighting oversight and accountability initiatives that could be used by more agencies. The Recovery Board is testing a new site to bring together analytical and forensic tools to prevent and find waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: management , budget , Campaign to Cut Waste , OMB , Jacob Lew , Recovery and Transparency Board , Government Accountability and Transparency Board , improper payments , waste, fraud and abuse , oversight

Monday - 12/19/2011, 03:02pm EST

New cyber strategy coordinates $1B in R&D efforts

The White House released the new plan to focus on four broad areas to improve cybersecurity in the government and in the private sector. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said agencies will issue RFPs and RFIs to meet the strategy's goals.

Tags: technology , cybersecuirty , Howard Schmidt , Office of Science and Technology Policy , research and development ,

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:16am EST
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Senate begins work on FISMA update

Lieberman said a congressional staff is reviewing draft legislative language of the comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, which includes an update to the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act. Sen. Reid promised to work on a cyber bill during the early part of the Senate session in 2012.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Joe Lieberman , Howard Schmidt , Congress , Tom Carper , FISMA , Diane Watson , Harry Reid , Homeland Security and Defense Business Council

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:59am EST

E-gov fund gets boost in spending bill

The latest version of the minibus spending bill for fiscal 2012 includes a $4.4 million increase for the E-Government Fund.

Tags: OMB , budget , Congress , House , E-Government Fund , open government , Gavin Baker , OMB Watch , GSA , A-76 , House Appropriations Committee ,

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 03:54pm EST

Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , John Boehner , Gerry Connolly , Chris Van Hollen , Ben Cardin , NTEU , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , John Gage , pay freeze , NARFE , Julie Tagen ,

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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DHS creating new contract for advanced cyber services

The agency releases a RFI and will hold an industry day in January for the situational awareness and incident response tier III contract. DHS expects to create a qualified products list for the rest of the government to use.

Tags: contracting , technology , cybersecurity , GSA , DHS , situational awareness and incident response , SmartBUY ,

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 03:13pm EST

EXCLUSIVE: OMB has one-year focus with IT budget guidance

Agencies must report data center consolidation savings this week to OMB in preparation for 2013 budget request. The administration keeps the IT passback guidance short with a focus only on a few priorities over the next year.

Tags: technology , OMB , IT passback , cloud computing , data center consolidation , e-government , line of business , performance management , Robert Shea , Grant Thornton , shared services ,

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 01:48pm EST
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Navy delays final RFP for NGEN program

The service will reissue two major pieces of the draft RFP for comment. The Navy said it will not release the final RFP before the end of January.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Navy , NGEN , NMCI , network operations ,

Friday - 12/09/2011, 07:42pm EST

New FedRAMP standards first step to secure cloud computing

OMB sets a six-month deadline for initial capabilities to be ready. Along with the cloud security standards and process, the administration highlighted other accomplishments on the one-year anniversary of the 25-point IT Reform plan. The White House said a new draft shared services strategy will focus on commodity IT services.

Tags: technology , Steven VanRoekel , Dave McClure , Richard Spires , OMB , DHS , GSA , cloud computing , TechStat , shared services , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , IT reform , budget ,

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 04:00pm EST
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NIST's new standard to bring HSPD-12 to smartphones

The goal of the revised FIPS-201-2 will detail at a high level how agencies can integrate secure smart cards with mobile devices. NIST is considering five options for making HSPD-12 cards work with tablets and smart phones.

Tags: technology , NIST , Bill MacGregor , Hildegard Ferraiolo , HSPD 12 , cybersecurity , mobile computing , Interagency Smartcard Advisory Board , tablet devices , smartphones ,

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 05:04am EST
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