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E-gov fund gets boost in spending bill

The latest version of the minibus spending bill for fiscal 2012 includes a $4.4 million increase for the E-Government Fund.

Tags: OMB , budget , Congress , House , E-Government Fund , open government , Gavin Baker , OMB Watch , GSA , A-76 , House Appropriations Committee ,

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 03:54pm EST

Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , John Boehner , Gerry Connolly , Chris Van Hollen , Ben Cardin , NTEU , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , John Gage , pay freeze , NARFE , Julie Tagen ,

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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DHS creating new contract for advanced cyber services

The agency releases a RFI and will hold an industry day in January for the situational awareness and incident response tier III contract. DHS expects to create a qualified products list for the rest of the government to use.

Tags: contracting , technology , cybersecurity , GSA , DHS , situational awareness and incident response , SmartBUY ,

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 03:13pm EST

EXCLUSIVE: OMB has one-year focus with IT budget guidance

Agencies must report data center consolidation savings this week to OMB in preparation for 2013 budget request. The administration keeps the IT passback guidance short with a focus only on a few priorities over the next year.

Tags: technology , OMB , IT passback , cloud computing , data center consolidation , e-government , line of business , performance management , Robert Shea , Grant Thornton , shared services ,

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 01:48pm EST
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Navy delays final RFP for NGEN program

The service will reissue two major pieces of the draft RFP for comment. The Navy said it will not release the final RFP before the end of January.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Navy , NGEN , NMCI , network operations ,

Friday - 12/09/2011, 07:42pm EST

New FedRAMP standards first step to secure cloud computing

OMB sets a six-month deadline for initial capabilities to be ready. Along with the cloud security standards and process, the administration highlighted other accomplishments on the one-year anniversary of the 25-point IT Reform plan. The White House said a new draft shared services strategy will focus on commodity IT services.

Tags: technology , Steven VanRoekel , Dave McClure , Richard Spires , OMB , DHS , GSA , cloud computing , TechStat , shared services , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , IT reform , budget ,

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 04:00pm EST
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NIST's new standard to bring HSPD-12 to smartphones

The goal of the revised FIPS-201-2 will detail at a high level how agencies can integrate secure smart cards with mobile devices. NIST is considering five options for making HSPD-12 cards work with tablets and smart phones.

Tags: technology , NIST , Bill MacGregor , Hildegard Ferraiolo , HSPD 12 , cybersecurity , mobile computing , Interagency Smartcard Advisory Board , tablet devices , smartphones ,

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 05:04am EST
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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
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