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Experts say administration proposal puts FEHB on the ropes

The White House wants to carve out the prescription drug piece and give OPM the ability to negotiate prices through a third party. But experts say this change would cost employees more money and be the first step toward dismantling the entire Federal Employee Health Benefit program.

Tags: James Morrison , Jackie Simon , Joseph Antos , pay and benefits , Walt Francis , American Enterprise Institute , FEHB , OPM , AFGE , supercommittee , prescription drug benefit , USPS

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:20am EST
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OPM sets reinvestigations at every 5 years for 'public trust' feds

Agency issued a final rule today implementing the 2009 Executive Order requiring certain employees to be reexamined more often.

Tags: workforce , OPM , security investigations

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 03:57pm EST

Vendors under pressure to better secure IT supply chain

Two senior senators will introduce an amendment to the DoD authorization bill to increase the oversight over the IT supply chain. A preliminary report from GAO finds counterfeit technology parts easily making their way into weapons systems.

Tags: contracting , technology , John McCain , Carl Levin , industry , DoD , Missile Defense Agency , Senate Armed Service Committee , Raytheon , Vivek Kamath , SMT Corp , Semiconductor Industry Association , Tom Sharpe , GAO , Richard Hillman , counterfeit parts , supply chain , Brian Toohey

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 05:21am EST
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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
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