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White House wants to open channels for small businesses

A new Web portal will bring information on all federal agency services for small firms into one place. At the 29th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week conference, White House officials highlighted how they are holding agencies accountable for meeting governmentwide small business goals.

Tags: contracting , industry , acquisition policy , Gene Sperling , Small business goals , small business , David Hinson , SBA , MBDA , ari matusiak , MED Week ,

Friday - 09/30/2011, 05:19am EDT
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Interior ready to put substance behind IT reforms

Initial results from the two major changes to the way the agency manages and applies technology will come to the forefront this fall.
September 29, 2011

Tags: technology , Andrew Jackson , Interior , Ask the CIO , IT reform ,

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 03:36pm EDT
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Interior to start over for cloud email with an RFI

Agency will do market research to see how the cloud market has changed. This decision prompted Onix and Google to drop their lawsuit.

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

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 07:06pm EDT

DHS picks CGI to provide cloud Web services

The $1.8 million dollar deal is the first under GSA's governmentwide infrastructure-as-a-service contract.

Tags: technology , industry , contracting , DHS , GSA , CGI , cloud computing , infrastructure-as-a-service , cybersecurity , FedRAMP ,

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 04:15pm EDT

VA to slow-roll use of smartphones, tablets on network

Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said only about 1,000 users will have agency supplied devices that will be allowed to access VA systems. VA eventually wants to create an apps store where externally and internally developed software will be made available for doctors, nurses and other employees.

Tags: technology , Roger Baker , VA , mobile computing , Apple , BlackBerry , iPhone , iPad , cybersecurity ,

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 05:21am EDT
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OMB wants agencies to 'own' their budget cuts

Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew said the White House will be less dictatorial and more collaborative in finding spending reductions that work for each agency, individually. Lew would not rule out further changes to federal employee pay and benefits. Agencies are encouraged to work with stakeholders, especially Congress, from the beginning of the process to what the cuts should be.

Tags: workforce , budget , Jack Lew , Todd Grams , OMB , VA , Booz Allen Hamilton , Partnership for Public Service , management ,

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 05:36am EDT
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Google, Onix withdrawal protest of Interior cloud email award

The two protestors said in court documents Interior has agreed to take steps to fix potential contracting issues. But the Justice Department disputed Google and Onix's claims saying no agreement has been reached. Interior hired Softchoice to provide Microsoft software for email and collaboration in the cloud almost a year ago.

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

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 06:57pm EDT

Senate leaders to attempt a compromise as shutdown looms

Time for lawmakers to pass a continuing resolution is running short as the fiscal year ends Friday. The Senate rejected the House version of CR Friday, and will take up debate on its version Monday afternoon. In the meantime, cuts to GAO and the E-Government Fund are drawing ire from supporters.

Tags: technology , budget , Congress , House , Senate , Harry Reid , continuing resolution , shutdown , Tom Coburn , Joseph Lieberman , Dave McClure , GSA , GAO , OMB , E-Government Fund , appropriations

Monday - 09/26/2011, 05:38am EDT
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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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