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Agencies cracking down on troubled vendors

The Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) issued its annual report to Congress showing that the use of suspension and debarment increased substantially in 2011 over 2009 and 2010.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , oversight , Suspension and debarment , acquisition , Joe Jordan , Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee , David Sims , Duc Nguyen ,

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 07:35pm EDT

GSA to hire new FAS Commissioner

Steve Kempf will return after his medical leave as a senior adviser. GSA posted the commissioner's job on USAJobs.gov on Monday.

Tags: GSA , FAS , Steve Kempf , Linda Chero , Dan Tangherlini , Dorothy Robyn , Shakeup at GSA ,

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 05:16pm EDT

Cybersecurity fails to live up to expectations, reflect reality

The administration has struggled to fulfill its promise to take enough concrete steps to make cybersecurity a national security priority. Experts say the White House fell short in several areas, most notably in getting comprehensive cyber legislation passed.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Obama Impact , David Smith , Potomac Institute , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Patrick Howard , SecureInfo Corp. , Phyllis Schneck , McAfee , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , White House , Congress , Larry Clinton , Internet Security Alliance ,

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:40am EDT
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Technology reforms give agencies a needed lift

In part 2 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the success and change brought by five technology initiatives. We rated three as effective, one as having made some progress, but more is needed, and a fifth as ineffective.

Tags: technology , Obama Impact , cybersecurity , openness and transparency , IT reform , Health IT , information sharing ,

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:25am EDT

Accenture head of federal resigns

Kay Kapoor leaves to "pursue other opportunities" after less than two years at the helm. John Goodman, who leads the company's defense and intelligence business, takes over on an interim basis.

Tags: contracting , industry , Kay Kapoor , Accenture , John Goodman ,

Monday - 09/17/2012, 02:02pm EDT

Tangherlini sought details of GSA IG's investigation tactics

The acting administrator of GSA said he met with IG Brian Miller and David Shea after accusations the IG investigator's tactics were overly aggressive in looking into the recent SmartPay Conference. Tangherlini also expects to receive suggestions on how the CIO reorganization would work, and how to go forward with the reduction of FAS fees in the coming weeks.

Tags: management , GSA , Brian Miller , Dan Tangherlini , Reorganization , Casey Coleman , Shakeup at GSA , Smart Pay Conference , oversight , exclusive

Friday - 09/14/2012, 05:28am EDT
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Sen. Wyden reminds White House to limit scope of cyber order

The Select Committee on Intelligence member wrote a letter to White House Cyber Coordinator Michael Daniel asking him to make sure any mandate doesn't harm the networks used for interactive computer services.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Ron Wyden , Dianne Feinstein , Michael Daniel , White House , Senate Intelligence Committee ,

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 02:18pm EDT

PTO changes the way it invests in IT systems

John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office's CIO, said the agency used to spend 85 percent of its IT budget on operations and maintenance (O&M) support and 15 percent on development, modernization and enhancements (DME) of systems. Now, the agency spends 50 percent on each. That change has allowed it to upgrade IT systems without additional money.

Tags: technology , John Owens , Patent and Trademark Office , budget , IT modernization , Ask the CIO

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:39am EDT
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GSA praised for steps to reform culture, organization

Senate lawmakers and the agency's Inspector General say the strategy to reorganize the General Services Administration and make it more accountable is on the right track. Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said he will consolidate IT and HR across the agency, and reduce contracting fees charged by the Federal Acquisition Service.

Tags: management , acquisition , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Brian Miller , oversight , Shakeup at GSA , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , strategic sourcing , contracting fees , Competition in Contracting Act ,

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 06:33am EDT
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OFPP keeping a close eye on struggling acquisition system consolidation

GSA's System for Award Management is finding its footing after a rough start. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan said he's watching the systems' progress carefully.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , OFPP , GSA , DoD , Joe Jordan , Dick Ginman , System for Award Management , strategic sourcing , GAO , High Risk List , Interagency contracting , Coalition for Government Procurement ,

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:24am EDT
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