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Agencies taking a more disciplined approach to managing vendors

GSA, Commerce and others are using supply chain management techniques to buy smarter and more efficiently. Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steve Kempf said a recent survey of their contractors will help influence the next generation of schedules.

Tags: Acquisition , Acquisition policy , contracting , Supply chain management , GSA , Steve Kempf , Raj Sharma , Censeo Consulting Group , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Lieberman, Collins warn against slashing acquisition workforce

The two influential senators say the mistakes the Defense Department and others made in the 1990s during the last serious budget reductions can't be repeated this time around. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said budget cuts shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the acquisition workforce. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) added reductions in acquisition staff mean the government will pay more for goods and services.

Tags: Acquisition , Oversight , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , acquisition workforce , Training , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Protecting and Securing your Data in a Virtual World

Data center consolidation and optimization, the wide spread adoption of virtualization, and reduced budgets are driving tremendous changes in the federal IT landscape. In the face of all this change, one thing remains constant: the need to protect and restore your agency's data— at a moment's notice—whether it resides on a physical or virtual server. How are agencies addressing this challenge? What technologies and best practices are available? Does your agency have any best practices you would like to share on this topic?

Tags: Raghav Vajjhala , Jerry Reynolds , Gigi Schumm , Zach Baldwin , Technology , Symantec

Monday - 06/11/2012, 11:24am EDT
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OFPP, SBA trying to fix small business contracting shortcomings

Procurement chief Joe Jordan and SBA Administrator Karen Mills highlighted three long-time challenges in a new memo to senior agency officials. Agencies have until July 9 to detail steps they will take to address three areas.

Tags: Acquisition , acquisition workforce , SBA , OMB , OFPP , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Karen Mills , Joe Jordan , small business

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:34pm EDT

Where is the Digital Government Strategy on the Journey to the Cloud?

June 8th, 2012

OMB just released the Digital Government Strategy, calling upon Federal Agencies to identify and deploy innovative solutions to deliver high quality services to citizens and an increasingly mobile workforce - and to do so with significantly improved efficiency. To accomplish this goal, Federal organizations will need to further eliminate silos, establish a common platform for accessing and managing data and leverage device agnostic/mobile enabled applications. Interested in learning more?

Tags: VMware , Technology , Doug Bourgeois , OMB

Monday - 06/11/2012, 12:35pm EDT
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Inside the world's biggest buyer

All week long, Federal News Radio presents a multimedia special report on the changing face of acquisition. Throughout the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer, we hear from executive branch acquisition experts, lawmakers, auditors and industry experts on how the government can be a better buyer as it spends half a trillion dollars per year.

Tags: Acquisition , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , contracting , workforce , Congress

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:31am EDT

GSA ridding schedules of deadwood

Agency introduces the new Demand Based Model that will focus resources on the products and services agencies need and want the most. GSA plans on closing two schedules and parts of 14 others to new offerors. GSA also will cut vendors who do little or no business on the schedule to help reduce administrative costs.

Tags: Acquisition , Acquisition policy , Industry , Steve Kempf , GSA , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Mick Mulvaney , House Small Business Committee , supply schedules , Demand Based Model , Small business contracting ,

Friday - 06/08/2012, 05:37am EDT
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VanRoekel says IT reform plan 'shocked' system into change

OMB highlights successes of 25-point strategy on its 18-month anniversary. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies saved $100 million from moving email to the cloud. There now are more than 1,000 qualified program managers in the new job series. The IT reform plan helps institute culture change from CIOs on down.
June 7, 2012(Encore presentation July 5, 2012)

Tags: Technology , management , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Mike Hettinger , SIIA , 25-point IT reform plan , Cloud computing , Shared services , Data center consolidation , TechStat , FedRAMP , Acquisition , Ask the CIO , PortfolioStat , Agile development , 2210 job series , IT acquisition

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:27am EDT
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FedRAMP begins review process of vendors' cybersecurity in the cloud

The program launches initial operating capability today. GSA expects the first set of provisionally approved cloud service providers to be ready in December. In the meantime, agencies are holding vendors accountable for coming very close to FedRAMP standards.

Tags: Technology , DHS , GSA , Katie Lewin , Keith Trippie , FedRAMP , Cloud computing , Cybersecurity , Management of Change , MOC 2012 , IAC/ACT ,

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 05:32am EDT
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Virtual desktop key piece to NASA Goddard's future in cloud, mobile

CIO Adrian Gardner said he will pilot the technology this summer. VDI also will help with foreign nationals who need access to some of the space agency's data for collaborative projects. Gardner said the Innovations program is looking other leading-edge software.

Tags: Technology , Adrian Gardner , NASA , Goddard Space Flight Center , Cloud computing , Mobile computing , virtual desktop initiative , Management of Change Conference , MOC 2012 , IAC/ACT ,

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 05:12am EDT
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