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McCain again makes his case to increase DoD's cyber role

The Arizona senator sent the third in a series of letters to Gen. Keith Alexander trying to explain why DoD, not DHS, should be in charge of defending critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. He said the administration's approach would create another layer of bureaucracy and slow down responses to threats.

Tags: technology , John McCain , Keith Alexander , cybersecurity , information sharing , DoD , Congress , Cybersecurity Update

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:56am EDT

Jordan makes his case for being next OFPP administrator

Joe Jordan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he would focus on three priorities if confirmed. He also backed away somewhat from the administration's stance on a cap on executive compensation. Jordan received support from the committee, and a vote on his nomination could come as early as next week.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Congress , management , Joe Jordan , OFPP , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Dan Gordon ,

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 06:00pm EDT
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Agency heads finding light at end of fed-bashing tunnel

Some departments are improving personnel practices around recruitment and knowledge management even in the face of pay freezes and criticisms of public servants. DHS created a higher education engagement group to bring in college students. GSA finds quality of applicants still strong. Senior leaders highlight successes during Public Service Recognition Week.

Tags: workforce , management , Public Service Recognition Week , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Janet Napolitano , DHS , Don Hagerling , Ray Lahood , Transportation , Kathleen Sebelius , HHS , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , morale , knowledge management , recruitment ,

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:20am EDT
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OFPP dispels 8 more agency, vendor communications myths

The administration will issued the Mythbusters 2 memo today. The document takes aim at commonly held misconceptions by vendors. It follows the initial Mythbusters memo issued in February 2011 focusing on agency-held fallacies.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , industry , OFPP , Lesley Field , Joanie Newhart , Mythbusters , contracting ,

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:52am EDT
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DoD using cyber teams like aircraft - for offense and defense

Gen. Keith Alexander said a recent cyber exercise is the first time the military showed it can do offensive and defensive capabilities at the same time, by the same team. This was part of Alexander's answers to questions from Sen. John McCain.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DoD , Keith Alexander , John McCain , Senate , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , Congress , information sharing , Critical infrastructure ,

Friday - 05/04/2012, 05:10pm EDT

OMB gives agencies four months to figure out shared services

The new strategy details several requirements for agencies to meet by Aug. 31. The goal is to reduce the amount of money agencies spend on commodity IT and have them spend it on innovations.

Tags: technology , management , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , shared services , Mark Forman , Tim Young , Deloitte , Government Transactions Services , Lines of Business initiatives ,

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 05:49am EDT
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Agencies getting tools to 'innovate with less'

The Shared Services Strategy is the latest way agencies can reduce spending on infrastructure technology and spend more on mission-critical IT. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said PortfolioStat is the lynchpin to the entire process for agencies. He held the first meeting with agencies leaders to discuss expectations.

Tags: technology , management , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , Roger Baker , VA , Simon Szykman , Commerce , shared services , TechAmerica , Information Week , budget , PortfolioStat ,

Friday - 05/04/2012, 05:18am EDT

GPO using model to launch FDSys with a series of new projects

Chuck Riddle, the Government Printing Office's chief information officer, said he's focused on innovation around five areas. The agency is piloting several new technologies, including mobile apps and a virtual desktop.
May 3, 2012

Tags: technology , Chuck Riddle , GPO , FDsys , mobile computing , cloud computing , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 08:30pm EDT
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Interior email contract saga ends with Onix, Google winning

The agency announced it awarded Onix, the company which protested the 2010 contract, a $35 million deal to provide email-as-a-service to 92,000 employees. Under the terms of the deal, Onix must fully migrate Interior employees to the cloud by December.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , Onix , Google , Interior , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , Softchoice , Microsoft ,

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 12:48pm EDT

SESers recognized for leadership, results with Presidential Rank Awards

The White House honored 54 Senior Executive Service members for their work in 2011. Combined, the honorees saved or helped the government avoid spending $36 billion.

Tags: workforce , Senior Executive Service , management , Senior Executives Association , Karen Mills , SBA , Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards ,

Friday - 04/27/2012, 10:25am EDT
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