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VA gains granular view of impact of green IT

The Lebanon Medical Center in Pennsylvania is using a new dashboard to measure how it's implementing sustainability efforts. VA expects to save or avoid about $178,000 in the first year of the portal's use at the facility.

Tags: technology , Horace Blackman , VA , AFFIRM , green IT , sustainability , performance measurement , dashboard , management ,

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 05:21pm EDT
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Amin drafts apology to foreign service officers at State

Kirit Amin, the departing chief information officer at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers a "compete and sincere" apology to foreign service officers, who he derided in an interview this week with Federal News Radio. Amin says it is unfortunate that he shared private feelings in a public forum.

Tags: State Department , Kirit Amin , Bureau of Consular Affairs , American Foreign Service Association , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/07/2011, 06:33pm EDT

New IT helps USDA's Risk Management Agency survive data deluge

A record year for insurance crop claims pushes RMA's systems to the brink. Chad Sheridan, RMA's CIO, said recent modernization efforts kept the agency's systems processing and paying claims.
October 6,2011

Tags: technology , chad sheridan , USDA , Risk Management Agency , Ask the CIO , records management , IT modernization ,

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 08:16pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Congressional clashes, buyouts

Allen Federal's Larry Allen and Federal News Radio's Jason Miller count down the top federal news stories of the week.

Tags: Federal News Countdown , In Depth , Larry Allen , Allen Federal

Friday - 09/23/2011, 04:50pm EDT

State's Amin leaving CIO role temporarily

Kirit Amin stepped down suddenly after four years as the CIO of the Bureau of Consular Affairs to take a 120-day reassignment with the State Department CIO. He decried "cronyism and nepotism" at the State Department and said the bureau has entered into bad contracts. "The duplication and waste in government is phenomenal, and I was not going to put up with that crap nor will I put up with contractors who will rip off the government," Amin told Federal News Radio.

Tags: people , technology , Kirit Amin , State ,

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 05:22am EDT

OFPP takes on second challenge of taming MACs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and GSA are working on a directory of Federal Supply Schedule blanket purchase agreements. The database would help fix one of the "biggest blind spots" in federal acquisition today, said Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator. OFPP's memo to require business cases for multiple-award contracts received praise for its direct and specific requirements.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , Interagency contracting , mulitiple-award contracts , business cases , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , Stan Livingstone , ASI Government , contracting

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:46am EDT
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Acquisition expert Wilkinson to leave Senate committee

Molly Wilkinson, a 22-year federal employee, will take her first job in the private sector as head of government affairs for Regions Bank. She worked as the Republican general counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the last two years.

Tags: people , Molly Wilkinson , Susan Collins , senate homeland security and government affairs co , senate homeland security and government affairs co , senate homeland security and government affairs co , senate homeland security and government affairs co , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Co

Tuesday - 10/04/2011, 04:51pm EDT

GAO slams agency cyber efforts

Auditors find all 24 agencies it reviewed had weaknesses in security controls. GAO also found problems with training and oversight of contractor systems. It recommends OMB and DHS provide better performance metrics.

Tags: technology , oversight , cybersecurity , GAO , OMB , DHS , FISMA , Susan Collins , Tom Carper ,

Monday - 10/03/2011, 06:25pm EDT

NARA hires IBM to move records system into next phase

Under 10-year, $240 million deal, IBM will provide operation and maintenance support and provide enhancements as necessary to the Electronic Record Archive system. NARA is considering improving search capabilities for agency customers of ERA. NARA CIO Mike Wash said more and more agencies are transferring data and using the system.

Tags: technology , contracting , Mike Wash , NARA , Electronic Records Archive , records management , IBM , Lockheed Martin , TechStat ,

Monday - 10/03/2011, 05:43am EDT
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Phil Bond to leave TechAmerica, start lobbying firm

The industry association names Daniel Varroney as its interim CEO. Bond will work on technology issues with T.J. Petrizzo.

Tags: industry , people , Phil Bond , TechAmerica , daniel varroney ,

Monday - 10/03/2011, 06:41am EDT
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