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Navy sharpens acquisition pencil to find savings

The service is taking a four-pronged approach to improve its procurement process and find savings. A review board looks at all acquisitions to make sure its strategy and contract formation are beneficial. Other agencies, like NASA and DHS, are consolidating more contracts into larger buys.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Navy , DHS , NASA , Mike Smith , Elliott Branch , Joanne Woytek , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , DoD

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:33am EDT
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GSA freezes hiring, suspends most SES bonuses

Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said GSA has at least 15 different bonus structures and there are questions about the agency's award rates. He said 85 percent of all SES performance awards are on hold in through 2013. GSA also will not hire new employees until a top-to-bottom review of the agency's organization is completed.

Tags: management , workforce , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , SES , bonuses , pay and benefits , hiring freeze , IAC/ACT ,

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 05:29pm EDT
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DHS Blue Teams bear out agency compliance with cybersecurity rules

The agency turns to teams of experts to review how departments are meeting the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative. DHS plans to expand the use of Blue Teams to the implementation of continuous monitoring and two-factor authentication under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

Tags: technology , DHS , Don Benack , cybersecurity , TIC , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Blue Teaming ,

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:25am EDT
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OMB redoubles call for prompt payments to small subs

Acting Director Jeff Zients asks SBA and the FAR Council to create a proposed rule to change the acquisition regulations calling for prime contractors to pay small subcontractors more quickly.

Tags: contracting , industry , prompt payment , OMB , Jeff Zients , SBA , Small business contracting ,

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:54pm EDT

OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , OMB , OFPP , strategic sourcing , technology , acquisition , Acquisition policy , contracting , Joe Jordan , PortfolioStat , vendor management organizations , DHS , Jane Holl Lute , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Transportation , John Porcari , President

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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Office for Immigration Review entering next phase of IT upgrades

The Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review is implementing phase four of their E-World initiative to bring e-filing capabilities to attorneys.
July 12, 2012

Tags: technology , Richard Chandler , DoJ , immigration , e-filing , data management , Ask the CIO , Office for Immigration Review , EOIR

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 09:32pm EDT
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GAT Board to finish testing spending oversight tools this summer

In its second report to the President, the Government Accountability and Transparency Board updates progress on several pilots to implement three broad-based recommendations. DoD and HHS are reviewing how best to standardize spending data. OMB is developing a Statement of Spending to provide more transparency into how agencies spend their funds.

Tags: management , Richard Ginman , Danny Werfel , OMB , Recovery Board , GAT Board , oversight , transparency ,

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 07:33pm EDT

DHS teams hunt for weaknesses in federal cyber networks

The Federal Network Security branch is performing Red and Blue teaming exercises to expose the soft spaces in agency networks and harden them. DHS has conducted five Red Teams and 28 Blue Team exercises in 2012. Federal CIOs and CISOs must request the Red Teams to analyze their networks. The agency receives a report on the biggest risks it faces.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Rob Karas , Don Benack , Red Team , Blue Team , Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 05:16am EDT
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NIST adds mobile flavor to revised draft HSPD-12 guidance

The agency will hold a workshop July 25 to review the second draft of FIPS 201-2.

Tags: technology , NIST , HSPD-12 , secure identity management , mobile ,

Monday - 07/09/2012, 03:09pm EDT

Number of federal teleworkers hits all-time high

OPM sends Congress 2011 report on number of employees teleworking. This is the first report since the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 became law. PTO, GSA, HHS, Education and Treasury are among the leaders in percentage of eligible employees working outside the office.

Tags: workforce , OPM , John Berry , telework , management , Gerry Connolly , Telework Enhancment Act ,

Monday - 07/09/2012, 05:28am EDT
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