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Agencies ignoring billions in savings from strategic sourcing

Agencies are missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not using strategic-sourcing contracts, particularly when buying services, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report finds the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Energy spent less than 5 percent of their combined acquisition budgets through strategic sourcing and saved less than $2 billion.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , Contracting , DoD , GAO , DHS , VA , Energy , OFPP , Darrell Issa , SmartBUY , federal strategic sourcing initiative ,

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:45am EDT
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DHS urged to hire 600 cyber ninjas

The Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Cyberskills submitted 11 recommendations to the DHS secretary on how to improve the agency's cyber workforce. The committee said DHS must define the skills needed to protect .gov networks. It also suggested setting testing and certification standards.

Tags: workforce , technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Steve Myers , Homeland Security Advisory Council , Janet Napolitano ,

Friday - 10/05/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Army Research Lab stays flexible to meet IT needs

Rudy Mazariegos, ARL's acting chief information officer, said he's implementing the ITIL framework to help bring more discipline to the organization's processes.
October 4, 2012

Tags: technology , Rudy Mazariegos , Army Research Lab , ITIL , Ask the CIO

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 08:52pm EDT
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OMB reemphasizes move to continuous monitoring in FISMA guidance

The annual reporting memo gives agencies 57 questions and answers as they prepare their 2012 cybersecurity report.

Tags: technology , FISMA , OMB , DHS , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring ,

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 03:48pm EDT

Big data gauntlet thrown down for agencies

Three agencies launched the Big Data Challenge Wednesday asking for ideas to bring together disparate data sets that help agencies meet their missions better. The contest is part of the administration's national big data development effort. The TechAmerica Foundation also released a new report to help agencies understand and use information more effectively.

Tags: technology , big data , TechAmerica Foundation , NASA , NSF , Energy , Suzi Iacono , Bill Perlowitz , Wyle , Steve Lucas , SAP , Teresa Carlson , Amazon Web Services , Chief data officer , FCC , Steve Mills , IBM , challenges , contests ,

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Acquisition executives figuring out how to deal with budget woes

A Federal News Radio exclusive survey of chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives showed most are not preparing for budget cuts or sequestration. These acquisition executives also say they are protecting money for training acquisition workers. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan said his office is helping agencies make better decisions about how and where to spend money.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , Industry , Joe Jordan , In Depth with Francis Rose , Mythbusters , bid protest , Suspension and debarment , Chief Acquisition Officer , OFPP , acquisition workforce training , budget , exclusive

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 06:00am EDT
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USPS agrees to buyout plan with postal workers union

The service will offer $15,000 incentive that would be paid out over two installments to retirement-eligible employees.

Tags: workforce , USPS , APWU , retirement , early out , buyouts ,

Monday - 10/01/2012, 07:50pm EDT

White House testing approach called for in draft cyber order

The Energy and Homeland Security departments are working with companies in the electricity sector to come up with a baseline set of cybersecurity standards. Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the framework is making a difference in how owners and operators secure their networks. But Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said without liability protections expansion of these efforts isn't likely.

Tags: technology , Industry , cybersecurity , INSA , Michael Daniel , White House , DHS , DoD , defense industrial base companies , Terry Roberts , Mike Rogers , House Intelligence Committee , information sharing ,

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 05:33am EDT

Management successes paving the way for One-DHS

Rafael Borras, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for management, said in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, improvements to back-office functions show how interdependent the agency has become over the last few years. DHS is managing its acquisition, financial management and human capital processes through a holistic approach.

Tags: Rafael Borras , DHS , acquisition , budget , workforce , Financial management , Agency of the Month , In Depth , Francis Rose , human capital management

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:59pm EDT
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DHS surfing the retirement wave, turns focus to leadership, morale

Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent for its 240,000 employees. She said new programs, called Cornerstone and Capstone, are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's in Washington.

Tags: Catherine Emerson , DHS , CHCO , workforce , recruitment , cybersecurity , diversity , morale , Manson Brown , Coast Guard , management , leadership training , succession planning , Francis Rose , Agency of the Month

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:14am EDT
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