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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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Federal News Countdown: Proposed pay freeze, new snow policy and departing Devaney

John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, and Federal News Radio's Jason Miller count down the top federal news stories of the week.

Tags: John Palguta , In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Partnership for Public Service

Friday - 12/02/2011, 03:01pm EST

Obama commits to $2B in energy upgrades to federal buildings

Agencies must look for projects to enter into Energy Savings Performance Contracts over the next two years. The effort will cost the government no upfront money. The contractors pay for the energy efficiencies and get paid by the utility savings the department receives. The Army, the Air Force and GSA already are using these contracts.

Tags: management , Green government , Jeff Zients , Barack Obama , Gene Sperling , OMB , Energy Department , GSA , DoD , Martha Johnson , Energy Savings Performance Contracts ,

Friday - 12/02/2011, 05:28am EST
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HUD's Niedermayer to retire after 33 years

Neidermayer will be replaced by Patsy Garnett as deputy CIO for business and IT transformation.

Tags: people , Chris Niedermayer , Jerry Williams , Patsy Garnett , HUD , workforce ,

Friday - 12/02/2011, 12:00pm EST

Savannah River making up for lost IT time

Phil Cirrulli, the chief information officer for the managing and operations contractor for the site, is improving the national lab's infrastructure to support widespread wireless access. He also is shutting down legacy mainframe systems after implementing a new ERP system.
December 1, 2011

Tags: technology , DoE , Savannah River Site , Phil Cirrulli , mobile computing , wireless access , ERP , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 10:31pm EST
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Education wants to put financial management in the cloud

The agency has released an RFI asking for infrastructure and platform-as-a-service options.

Tags: technology , contracting , education , OMB , cloud computing , financial management , shared services , RFI ,

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 04:21pm EST

VA, House lawmakers spar over veteran-owned contracting program

The department must decide by Dec. 15 whether or not it will follow GAO's recommendations after losing a bid protest decision. VA tries to explain why service-disabled veteran owned firms do not receive the highest priority for all contracts. Lawmakers express frustration over the agency's explanation.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , industry , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Thomas Leney , Jack Thompson , Bill Johnson , GAO , Ralph White , Greg Kutz , Small business contracting , Service disabled veteran-owned business , Veteran-owned small business , Small business goals , bid protest ,

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:19am EST
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