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Draft executive order gives industry heartburn

White House is considering issuing an executive order that would require vendors to submit information about their political contributions as part of their bid proposal package. Industry associations say the proposal wouldn't keep political influence out of the acquisition process, but likely add it in. The administration claims the draft order is all about greater transparency and accountability.

Tags: contracting , industry , Jay Carney , White House , Susan Collins , Mitch McConnell , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , PSC , TechAmerica , political contributions , Disclose Act ,

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 07:31am EDT
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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Tags: management , Todd Platts , Danny Werfel , OMB , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SSA , CMS , DoD , VA , DHS , improper payments , Do Not Pay List , Recovery audits , internal controls ,

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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VA IG responds to criticisms in Martinez case

The agency IG wrote a letter to the attorneys for Adair Martinez saying they overstated or misstated the facts about their investigation. George Opfer said his investigators followed protocol during discovery of the allegations of fraud and misconduct by Martinez in their August 2009 report. The MSPB ruled earlier this month that Martinez didn't receive due process and was wrongfully terminated.

Tags: management , George Opfer , VA , MSPB , Gary Gilbert , Kevin Owen , Adair Martinez ,

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:20am EDT
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NIST to play big role to secure online identities

White House strategy gives the Commerce Department bureau the ability to bring industry, privacy, security and other experts together to develop policies and standards. The administration made it clear the private sector will lead the effort and the government is only creating a marketplace for these services.

Tags: technology , Howard Schmidt , Gene Sperling , Jane Holl Lute , White House , DHS , NIST , identity management , PKI , cybersecurity , privacy , John Buckner

Monday - 04/18/2011, 07:08am EDT
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White House draft bill expands DHS cyber responsibilities

Federal News Radio viewed a copy of the proposal that would codify DHS's role in overseeing civilian agency networks. The draft legislation would expand DHS's authorities to those that are similar to what DoD already has around cyber. It also would include new roles around acquisition, personnel and FISMA implementation.

Tags: technology , management , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , DHS , DoD , White House , cybersecurity , FISMA , direct hirer authority ,

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 06:08pm EDT
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Nally says Marines move out of NMCI has started

Brigadier General Kevin Nally, the Marine Corps chief information officer, gives Federal News Radio an update on how the transition to the new Marine Corps worldwide network is going.
April 14, 2011

Tags: technology , Kevin Nally , Marine Corps , NMCI , Virtualization , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 07:13pm EDT
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Issa pledges to keep transparency sites online

A senior Republican lawmaker is optimistic that the Obama administration's transparency websites can be kept online.

Tags: technology , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , MB , E-Government Fund , transparency , openness ,

Wednesday - 04/13/2011, 08:25pm EDT
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FAA concerned over bandwidth, not security with iPads

The Air Traffic Organization is in the middle of one of the largest pilots in government testing mobile computing devices. ATO CIO Steve Cooper said business organizations must have a valid need to use the devices. Cooper said ATO will test other mobile devices this spring.

Tags: technology , Steve Cooper , FAA , mobile devices , cybersecurity , Apple , iPad , HP , Research in Motion , Samsung , tablet computers , FedSMC ,

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 08:30pm EDT
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Cloud computing e-discovery risks a concern

The Justice Department and NARA are paying close attention to GSA, USDA and others in how they implement email and data storage on private sector clouds. Agencies should address potential data storage, collection and access issues during the development of the solicitation.

Tags: technology , Allison Stanton , Jason Baron , DoJ , NARA , e-discovery , cloud computing , records management , FedSMC ,

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 07:28am EDT
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Google's claims of FISMA certification questioned

Microsoft makes court documents public as part of battle to provide cloud services to the Interior Department. Google contends its Google Apps for Government offers more security than FISMA requires.

Tags: technology , industry , GSA , Interior , Dave Mihalchik , David Howard , Google , Microsoft , cloud computing , FISMA , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , Email-as-a-service , bid protest ,

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 07:24am EDT
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