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OPM updates language announcing office closings

The Office of Personnel Management is changing how it refers to the operating status of the government. Now when federal offices are closed due to weather or other emergencies, OPM will use the terminology, "Federal offices are closed. Federal employees required to work should follow their agency's policies."

Tags: OPM , operating status , Workforce , CHCO Council , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 12:40pm EST
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Deputy FAS Commissioner Jordan retires

Jon Jordan, the deputy commissioner in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, retired Nov. 3. Bill Sisk has been named to replace Jordan on an interim basis.

Tags: GSA , Mary Davie , Jon Jordan , Bill Sisk , FAS , exclusive

Monday - 11/05/2012, 03:12pm EST

GSA, Treasury try to breathe new life into SmartBUY

A new request for information asks vendors at answer 10 questions about improving the strategic sourcing of commodity software titles. This is at least the fourth attempt to get more agencies using the enterprise software licensing initiative.

Tags: acquisition , Technology , industry , GSA , Treasury , strategic sourcing , Commodity IT , SmartBUY ,

Monday - 11/12/2012, 03:52pm EST

IRS reaches 'world class' stature for technology, management processes

The tax agency earned level 3 certifications for the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Terry Milholland, the IRS CTO, said the standard approach to developing IT systems will increase productivity and capacity, while also bringing in much needed discipline.

Tags: Technology , management , Terry Milholland , IRS , Business Systems Modernization , ITIL , CMMI , standards ,

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:25am EST
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Kirit Amin heads to Commerce as deputy CIO

Amin spent the last eight months as HUD's chief technology officer.

Tags: exclusive , Technology , people , Kirit Amin , Commerce , HUD ,

Friday - 11/09/2012, 11:49am EST

New standards to tame how the Air Force develops IT systems

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, the Air Force CIO, said the three baselines will be delivered to the acquirers in the functional areas who operate the systems. They will use them to understand the IT environment in which their capabilities will exist.(Encore presentation November 8, 2012)

Tags: Michael Basla , Air Force , Ask the CIO , Technology , AFNet migration , budget , cloud computing

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 03:49pm EDT
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USDA laying the groundwork for BYOD

Deputy CIO Charles McClam said the Department of Agriculture is developing a policy and has awarded a mobile device management contract to figure out how best to let employees use their own smartphones and tablet devices on the agency's computer network. NASA Goddard also is creating a BYOD policy that depends on its virtual desktop infrastructure.

Tags: Technology , Charles McClam , USDA , Adrian Gardner , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center , mobile computing , Bring your own device , Symantec Government Symposium ,

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 05:48am EST
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Virginia Senate candidate wants to pay feds for cost-cutting ideas

Former Virginia Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine offer contrasting ideas on issues affecting federal employees and contractors. In Maryland, former federal employee Dan Bongino is challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin for his seat. Bongino and Cardin hold similar views on a number of employee issues.

Tags: management , Senate , Congress , George Allen , Tim Kaine , Ben Cardin , Dan Bongino , Rob Sobhani , 2012 election ,

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:40pm EST

New group strives to clarify, simplify cyber basics for agencies

The Consortium for Cybersecurity Action, a newly-formed international group of government agencies and private organizations from around the world, today will release an updated baseline of the 20 most important cyber controls. The group wants to become a resource to help agencies implement those security checks. DHS already is developing a solicitation to make it easier for agencies to buy tools and services to implement several of the security checks.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , Tony Sager , SANS Institute , DHS , 20 critical controls , The Consortium for Cybersecurity Action ,

Monday - 11/05/2012, 05:20am EST
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Army to rebalance workforce at expense of civilians, contractors

Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the service wants to bring more uniformed men and women into the institutional Army. He said they have relied too much on civilian employees and contractors over the last decade. Odierno said the Army also has to change the way it trains its leaders to be more adaptable.

Tags: DoD , Ray Odierno , Army , budget , Workforce , personnel reductions , CSIS , total force policy , training ,

Friday - 11/02/2012, 05:26am EDT
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