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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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USPS fighting back against the insider threat

The Postal Service's E-Access system helps control employee access to systems and data. The single sign-on environment lets managers and database owners assign privileges to employees based on need.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , NIST , technology

Friday - 07/06/2012, 05:33am EDT
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GSA readying phase 2 of print management strategic sourcing BPA

The agency released a request for information last month detailing copier and print managed services requirements. GSA awarded a strategic sourcing contract to 11 vendors in September for basic print management services under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , OFPP , Joe Jordan , strategic sourcing , print management ,

Friday - 07/06/2012, 05:45pm EDT

In 2011, small federal contractors took it on the chin twice as hard

SBA released data today that showed the amount of total dollars going to small firms is down as are the overall percentage of contracts small businesses won in 2011. Agencies made only one governmentwide goal for SDBs last year.

Tags: contracting , SBA , small business , HUBZone , veterans , VA , John Shoraka , set-asides

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:34pm EDT
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