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Lawmakers want to codify hiring reforms

A new bill would require agencies to bring in new employees in an average of 80 days and require them to use resumes and cover letters.

Tags: workforce , Daniel Akaka , John Sarbanes , hiring reform , federal hiring process improvement act of 2011 ,

Friday - 09/23/2011, 05:05pm EDT

IT reforms moving to optimization stage

Nine months since OMB issued its 25-point plan to improve how agencies oversee technology, the tone is changing. Lisa Schlosser, the federal deputy CIO, said the goal is to make sure agencies are using their people, money and other resources as best as possible. Agencies are finding some early success with the IT reforms, especially around acquisition.

Tags: technology , workforce , contracting , Lisa Schlosser , OMB , Ken Rogers , State , AFCEA Bethesda , cloud computing , IT reform , data center consolidation , Commodity IT , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , service level agreements

Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:14am EDT
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With email migration done, GSA turns to other cloud services

Agency CIO Casey Coleman said the move to Google's gmail went smoothly and is 99 percent complete. GSA recently hired another cloud service provider to host collaboration tools. Coleman said the agency now is looking at legacy business systems.
September 22, 2011

Tags: technology , industry , Casey Coleman , GSA , cloud computing , Google , Email-as-a-service , Business Systems Modernization , collaboration , infrastructure contract , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 09:41pm EDT
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Senate committee approves DHS hiring freeze in reauthorization bill

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to hold the number of federal employees stable for the foreseeable future. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he also wants to look at the size of the agency's contractor workforce as well. The freeze was approved in the committee's first-ever DHS reauthorization bill.

Tags: management , workforce , DHS , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Rand Paul , Claire McCaskill , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , contracting , acquisition , TechAmerica , Rafael Borras , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:07am EDT
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DHS creates new senior cyber position in NPPD

Suzanne Spaulding will replace Phil Reitinger as the deputy under secretary. She worked as a consultant and on Capitol Hill previously. DHS also created a deputy under secretary for cyber security.

Tags: management , workforce , DHS , NPPD , Rand Beers , Suzanne Spaulding , Greg Schaffer , Phil Reitinger , cybersecurity ,

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 09:54am EDT

OMB orders governmentwide review of conference spending

Agencies must complete their analysis by Nov. 1 and be prepared to present their findings during the December cabinet meeting with the Vice President. OMB's edict comes after the Justice Department inspector general found excessive spending by the agency. This is not the first time agencies have had trouble controlling conference expenses.

Tags: management , OMB , Jacob Lew , Joe Biden , DoJ , DHS , inspector general , conference spending ,

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:51am EDT

NIEM's value expanding beyond law enforcement data sharing

Several agencies and other countries are using the The National Information Exchange Model framework to create common vocabularies for everything from orange juice production to cybersecurity and health care. Kshemendra Paul, the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, said the U.S., Mexico and Canada have signed an agreement to run pilots using standards based on NIEM for pandemic and public safety information sharing.

Tags: technology , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , HHS , Justice , information sharing , NIEM

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 05:39am EDT
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Ron Martin reflects on career

A new ongoing series by Federal News Radio tells the stories of long-time federal employees.

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Thursday - 08/04/2011, 04:22pm EDT
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Are multiple award contracts out of control?

The proliferation of multiple award contracts across the government has reached a tipping point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is on a listening tour trying to figure out how to tame this unwieldy beast. The administration's efforts come as several agencies, including the Homeland Security Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department plan to recompete or issue new procurements for MACs in the coming year.

In our special report, Contract Overload, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller explores all sides of this complex issue. What is the cost to industry to continually bid on these contracts? How do these costs get passed to agencies? Why do agencies believe they need their own MACs instead of using contracts provided by the General Services Administration, or other governmentwide acquisition contracts? What, if anything, can OFPP do to reel in the explosion in redundant contracts?

Tags: contracting , OFPP , GSA , DHS , Justice , Treasury , VA , GWAC , Multiple award contracts , Contract Overload

Thursday - 05/20/2010, 03:59pm EDT

DoJ's Hitch looks back on a decade of IT changes

Van Hitch will retire as the Justice Department's CIO at the end of July. He said cybersecurity, information sharing and social media and mobile computing were among the biggest technology transformations he saw.
July 21, 2011

Tags: technology , Justice Department , Van Hitch , cybersecurity , Howard Schmidt , anti-phishing guidance , information gathering , mobile computing , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 07:06pm EDT
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