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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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Cyber Monday counterfeiting crackdown highlights agency collaboration

The Justice Department and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement led a government-wide effort to stem the flow of counterfeit products. The White House launched a public-service campaign to let citizens know the impact of fake products on the economy. The Senate passed more stringent rules for DoD and its vendors to make sure military parts are original.

Tags: oversight , DHS , DoD , ICE , John Morton , White House , Victoria Espinel , Counterfeit products , National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center , Carl Levin , John McCain , Defense Authorization Bill ,

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 05:08am EST
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FedRAMP cloud security memo makes it past OMB director's review

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew has approved the cloud security memo and guidance, known as FedRAMP, pushing it to the brink of public release, Federal News Radio has learned. Multiple sources confirmed Lew approved the documents before Thanksgiving and OMB could issue the memo and guidance as early as next week.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cloud computing , OMB , Jacob Lew , FedRAMP , GSA , DoD , DHS , Dave McClure ,

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 07:32pm EST

Exclusive: Gordon stresses future continuity as he prepares to leave

OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon looks back on his tenure highlighting the successes of his office. Gordon will become the associate dean of contracts law at The George Washington University in January. He said improvements to the acquisition workforce and the implementation of strategic sourcing are among his accomplishments.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , acquisition policy , Dan Gordon , OFPP , FAI , DAU , strategic sourcing , GSA , budget , supercommittee , George Washington University , insourcing ,

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:08am EST
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NIST to expand cloud computing circle

With the release of the draft of version 1 of the cloud technology roadmap, the agency wants to cast a wider net of cloud expertise. The draft roadmap could be used now by program managers and CIOs in order to meet OMB's goal of moving three services to the cloud by 2013.

Tags: technology , Dawn Leaf , Patrick Gallagher , NIST , cloud computing , CIO Council ,

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 05:03am EST
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