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Lockheed exec gives vendor, government communications high marks

Linda Gooden, the executive vice president of the aerospace and technology giant's information systems and global solutions business area, said agencies are spending more time than ever helping contractors understand their needs. Gooden and Lockheed CEO Robert Stevens' statements are in stark contrast to comments made by a major competitor about the challenges companies face in talking to agencies.

Tags: Contracting , Industry , Lockheed Martin , Linda Gooden , Robert Stevens , Task order contract , Mythbusters , industry-government communication ,

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:13am EDT
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DHS hires DoD expert to coordinate interagency cyber efforts

Rosemary Wenchel is the new deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity coordination at DHS. She replaces Adm. Mike Brown, who retired in January.

Tags: people , DHS , Rosemary Wenchel , Mark Weatherford , cybersecurity , DoD , Interagency coordination , technology

Friday - 06/22/2012, 02:58pm EDT

USAID plans to rebound from dramatic drop in cybersecurity scores

The U.S. Agency for International Development saw their FISMA scores drop to an F grade. Jerry Horton, USAID's chief information officer, said they will fix their shortcomings this year.
June 21, 2012

Tags: technology , Jerry Horton , USAID , cybersecurity , FISMA , Cloud computing , Network upgrade , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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Agencies struggle to grasp mobile cybersecurity

NIST, DHS experts say protecting smartphones and tablets shouldn't be any different than securing typical desktop or laptop computers. DHS will release mobile security reference architecture to help agencies understand common concepts. NIST is updating security control guide with 250 new requirements, including mobile controls.

Tags: technology , mobile computing , Sean Donelan , DHS , Ron Ross , NIST , cybersecurity , Digital Government Strategy , AFCEA , HSPD-12 ,

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 10:37am EDT
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Energy gets new CIO, loses CHCO to retirement

Secretary Steven Chu announced several leadership changes, including naming Robert Brese as the department's new chief information officer.

Tags: people , technology , Energy , Mike Kane , Robert Brese , Owen Barwell , Sarah Bonilla ,

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:16pm EDT

Lockheed CEO warns of increased government costs from sequestration

The largest federal contractor is struggling to prepare for about $1 trillion in cuts that are due to take effect in January. Retiring-CEO Robert Stevens said agencies will ask vendors to modify contracts and that in turn will drive up the costs of those programs. Lockheed Martin already is taking steps to reduce its spending by consolidating facilities and reducing staff.

Tags: Industry , Contracting , DoD , Lockheed Martin , Sequestration , budget , Robert Stevens , Chris Kubasik , Congress ,

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:35am EDT
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DHS improving aim to stop counterfeits at the borders

The Homeland Security Department is taking a two-pronged approach to protecting the federal supply chain. The first addresses the DHS mission cargo crossing into the U.S. The second is an interagency effort to ensure the government is working together on investigations. DHS said seizures of counterfeit goods at the border increased by 20 percent in 2011.

Tags: technology , David Heyman , DHS , White House , Supply chain management , Counterfeit products , Intellectual Property Rights Center , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Top acquisition stories

Jason Miller, executive editor of Federal News Radio and "In Depth" host Francis Rose count down the top acquisition stories of 2012 and highlights some of the stories from the Federal News Radio week-long special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Acquisition

Friday - 06/15/2012, 05:38pm EDT
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Agencies given how-to guide for modular, agile IT contracting

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan released the guidance that highlights possible risks or challenges, and offers checklists, templates and other tools to make the move to this smaller, more outcome based approach easier for agencies.

Tags: Acquisition , acquisition policy , Contracting , Industry , OMB , OFPP , Joe Jordan , Steven VanRoekel , IT reform , TechStat , modular contracting , Agile development ,

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:44pm EDT

Agencies, vendors ramping up to fight supply chain cyber threats

The White House, Congress, DoD and many others are trying to stem the tide of counterfeit products and software with malicious code from entering federal systems. The administration soon will release recommendations for how all agencies and vendors can improve the security of their products. DoD issued a memo in March requiring changes to how services protect their supply chains.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Industry , Victoria Espinel , White House , DoD , Jon Boyens , NIST , Sandy Boyson , University of Maryland , Supply chain management , Supply chain risks , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Friday - 06/15/2012, 12:59pm EDT
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