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GSA ridding schedules of deadwood

Agency introduces the new Demand Based Model that will focus resources on the products and services agencies need and want the most. GSA plans on closing two schedules and parts of 14 others to new offerors. GSA also will cut vendors who do little or no business on the schedule to help reduce administrative costs.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , industry , Steve Kempf , GSA , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Mick Mulvaney , House Small Business Committee , supply schedules , Demand Based Model , Small business contracting ,

Friday - 06/08/2012, 05:37am EDT
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VanRoekel says IT reform plan 'shocked' system into change

OMB highlights successes of 25-point strategy on its 18-month anniversary. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies saved $100 million from moving email to the cloud. There now are more than 1,000 qualified program managers in the new job series. The IT reform plan helps institute culture change from CIOs on down.
June 7, 2012(Encore presentation July 5, 2012)

Tags: technology , management , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Mike Hettinger , SIIA , 25-point IT reform plan , Cloud computing , Shared services , data center consolidation , TechStat , FedRAMP , acquisition , Ask the CIO , PortfolioStat , Agile development , 2210 job series , IT acquisition

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:27am EDT
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FedRAMP begins review process of vendors' cybersecurity in the cloud

The program launches initial operating capability today. GSA expects the first set of provisionally approved cloud service providers to be ready in December. In the meantime, agencies are holding vendors accountable for coming very close to FedRAMP standards.

Tags: technology , DHS , GSA , Katie Lewin , Keith Trippie , FedRAMP , Cloud computing , cybersecurity , Management of Change , MOC 2012 , IAC/ACT ,

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 05:32am EDT
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Virtual desktop key piece to NASA Goddard's future in cloud, mobile

CIO Adrian Gardner said he will pilot the technology this summer. VDI also will help with foreign nationals who need access to some of the space agency's data for collaborative projects. Gardner said the Innovations program is looking other leading-edge software.

Tags: technology , Adrian Gardner , NASA , Goddard Space Flight Center , Cloud computing , mobile computing , virtual desktop initiative , Management of Change Conference , MOC 2012 , IAC/ACT ,

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 05:12am EDT
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OMB alumni to suggest revisions to cyber section of A-130

The group will create a white paper with recommendations this summer to modernize the 10-year-old policy. Among the areas they are looking at are continuous monitoring, cloud computing, shared services and the definition of a system. Updating A-130 will help agencies move from a 'checklist' mode to monitoring systems in real time for threats and vulnerabilities, said Frank Reeder, a former OMB official.

Tags: management , Circular A-130 , cybersecurity , Karen Evans , Frank Reeder , Dan Chenok , OMB , technology , NIST , DHS , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , national security systems , Gail Stone , SSA , inspectors general

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:43am EDT
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Army network upgrades set roadmap for smaller, agile force

CIO Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence said better systems at posts, camps and stations will let soldiers train on the same equipment as they use in the field. The move to the cloud, data center consolidation and enterprise email are pushing the Army toward a data-centric approach.
May 31, 2012

Tags: technology , Susan Lawrence , Army , Cloud computing , data center consolidation , network modernization , asset management , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 10:34pm EDT
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DoD lectures Congress on budget 'rules of the game'

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter said for every dollar lawmakers add to the military's budget or for every program they continue that the Pentagon wants to cancel, it requires cuts elsewhere. He also called sequestration irrational and said DoD is not planning for it.

Tags: DoD , budget , acquisition , TRICARE , Ashton Carter , American Enterprise Institute , Mackenzie Eaglen , Congress , sequestration , industry ,

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 05:18am EDT
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Schmidt leaving government in a much different cyber place

In an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, White House Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt said a majority of the senior leaders in government understand the importance of securing agency, contractor and critical infrastructure systems. He said among his office's biggest accomplishments is moving the day-to-day cyber authority of federal civilian networks to DHS. Michael Daniel will replace Schmidt, whose last day is in early June.

Tags: technology , Howard Schmidt , people , White House , Michael Daniel , cybersecurity , CyberStat , Cyberscope , Congress ,

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 05:28am EDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Ozment rejoins White House as senior director for cyber

Andy Ozment returns to work with new cyber coordinator Michael Daniel. Ozment worked at DHS for the last year as director for compliance and technology.

Tags: technology , people , Andy Ozment , White House , DHS , cybersecurity , Karen Evans , Michael Daniel , James Lewis , CSIS ,

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 03:17pm EDT

Five innovation projects win governmentwide 'bake-off'

Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said the goal of the innovation fellows program is not for private sector experts to tell them what to do and do it, but mash-up with government innovators to tackle a long-standing challenge. Each of the five projects has specific milestones in the next six months.

Tags: technology , Todd Park , White House , innovation , Presidential Innovation Fellows program , industry ,

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 05:29am EDT
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