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Cyber Monday counterfeiting crackdown highlights agency collaboration

The Justice Department and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement led a government-wide effort to stem the flow of counterfeit products. The White House launched a public-service campaign to let citizens know the impact of fake products on the economy. The Senate passed more stringent rules for DoD and its vendors to make sure military parts are original.

Tags: oversight , DHS , DoD , ICE , John Morton , White House , Victoria Espinel , Counterfeit products , National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center , Carl Levin , John McCain , Defense Authorization Bill ,

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 05:08am EST
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FedRAMP cloud security memo makes it past OMB director's review

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew has approved the cloud security memo and guidance, known as FedRAMP, pushing it to the brink of public release, Federal News Radio has learned. Multiple sources confirmed Lew approved the documents before Thanksgiving and OMB could issue the memo and guidance as early as next week.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cloud computing , OMB , Jacob Lew , FedRAMP , GSA , DoD , DHS , Dave McClure ,

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 07:32pm EST

Exclusive: Gordon stresses future continuity as he prepares to leave

OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon looks back on his tenure highlighting the successes of his office. Gordon will become the associate dean of contracts law at The George Washington University in January. He said improvements to the acquisition workforce and the implementation of strategic sourcing are among his accomplishments.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , acquisition policy , Dan Gordon , OFPP , FAI , DAU , strategic sourcing , GSA , budget , supercommittee , George Washington University , insourcing ,

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:08am EST
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NIST to expand cloud computing circle

With the release of the draft of version 1 of the cloud technology roadmap, the agency wants to cast a wider net of cloud expertise. The draft roadmap could be used now by program managers and CIOs in order to meet OMB's goal of moving three services to the cloud by 2013.

Tags: technology , Dawn Leaf , Patrick Gallagher , NIST , cloud computing , CIO Council ,

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 05:03am EST
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GSA reopens cloud email RFQ

The agency fixes the issues found by GAO after two vendors protested the contract. Vendors must submit new or revised proposals by Dec. 20.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , GSA , Mary Davie , Email-as-a-service , cloud computing , GAO ,

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 06:08pm EST

GAO highlights 9 critical success factors for IT projects

A new report details how seven technology projects worth $5 billion found success. Auditors found program manager and user engagement is the one every initiative had in common.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , project management , GAO , OMB , 25-point IT reform plan , best practices , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Information Technology Investment Management Act of 2011 ,

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 02:39pm EST
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23 of 24 agencies get financial audit opinions

For the first time in 20 years, audits reviewed and gave an opinion for every civilian agency. Only DoD doesn't have a qualified or clean audit opinion.

Tags: financial management , OMB , Danny Werfel , DoD , NASA , DHS , State , clean audits ,

Monday - 11/21/2011, 03:11pm EST

Push for more suspension, debarments receives mixed reactions

Procurement experts say the increased use of this punishment is the "death penalty" for the vendors. Lawmakers say agencies need penalize bad actors more aggressively.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Dan Gordon , GAO , OFPP , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , supension and debarment , Bill Shook , Shook-Donan , Joe Hornyak , Holland and Knight ,

Friday - 11/18/2011, 05:20am EST
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Indian Health Service facing data deadline

Acting CIO Howard Hays said the agency is taking advantage of the work VA is doing to update its systems. Indian Health Services borrows heavily from VA's VistA electronic health records system.
November 17, 2011(Encore presentation December 29, 2011)

Tags: technology , Howard Hays , Indian Health Service , health IT , Ask the CIO , Department of Veteran Affairs , DoD , electronic health records , telemedicine , VistA

Friday - 11/18/2011, 12:58am EST
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FDIC, Surface Board rely on communication to take top spots on 'Best Places to Work' list

Top ranked agencies say constant contact with employees is key to success. FDIC moved from the bottom in 2005 to the top this year. Surface Transportation Board takes top spot among small agencies for second year in a row.

Tags: workforce , FDIC , Surface Transportation Board , Daniel Elliott , Martin Gruenberg , Max Stier , Partnership for Pubic Service , Best Places to Work ,

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:06am EST
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