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VA pushes hiring reforms through program managers

The agency is using service level agreements to help ensure hiring managers are involved in all parts of the process. VA cut the amount of time it takes to hire a new employee by 20 days. VA hopes to get the average time down below the governmentwide goal of 80 days in 2011.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , John Sepulveda , Eric Shinseki , VA , CHCO Council , OPM , hiring reforms , HR academy , training ,

Monday - 12/27/2010, 04:30am EST
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State hires SAIC under $2.5B IT services deal

The company will provide engineering, security and operations and maintenance services under the Vanguard program. The 10-year contract is one piece of a larger IT consolidation effort State is in the middle of completing.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , State , Susan Swart , Ken Rogers , SAIC , IT services ,

Thursday - 12/23/2010, 04:45pm EST

McDermott to retire from NRC after 38 years

Jim McDermott, the director of the Office of Human Resources, will leave the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Jan. 1.

Tags: management , Jim McDermott , Miriam Cohen , NRC ,

Thursday - 12/23/2010, 03:47pm EST

VA struggles to balance cloud apps, security

Assistant secretary Baker said he can't let doctors store veterans' data on unsecured systems in the cloud. But Baker said he wants to figure out how to solve this problem because the ability to access data anywhere, anytime is necessary. VA shutdown facilities usage of common commercial cloud applications.

Tags: technology , Roger Baker , VA , Google , Yahoo! , cybersecurity , cloud computing , privacy , budget freeze , information sharing ,

Thursday - 12/23/2010, 06:54am EST
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Interior gives CIO more authority over all IT

Secretary Salazar issued a memo to give oversight of the IT budget to the chief information officer. The memo also removes the CIO title from the bureaus and renames them as assistant directors for information resources. Observers say this move by Interior has been long-overdue.

Tags: technology , Bernie Mazur , Vivek Kundra , Andrew Jackson , Ken Salazar , Interior Department , OMB , role of the CIO , data center consolidation , enterprisewide services ,

Wednesday - 12/22/2010, 07:32am EST
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Interior CIO gets more authority over IT systems

Interior CIO Bernie Mazer tells Jason Miller about the new expanded role of the CIO.

Tags: Interior , Bernie Mazer , Ken Salazar , IT , CIO , technology , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 12/21/2010, 03:51pm EST
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OMB wants to bring expert help to agencies

The White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued an RFI on how to develop a new platform called Expert-net to solicit ideas for solving mission-critical problems.

Tags: technology , management , Aneesh Chopra , Shelley Metzenbaum , OMB , GSA , OSTP , Web 2.0 , crowd sourcing , Challenge.gov ,

Monday - 12/20/2010, 05:50pm EST

NARA to suspend development of ERA starting in 2012

The agency is deciding whether or not to move forward with the contract option for operations and maintenance with Lockheed Martin. GAO and OMB say the project has multiple problems, including more than a $200 million increase in the total cost for ERA and a lack of usage by agencies. After going through a TechStat sessions, NARA and OMB decided to stop enhancing the system and focus on use.

Tags: technology , industry , David Lake , Vivek Kundra , NARA , OMB , GAO , Sheila Collins , Lockheed Martin , electronic records , ERA , TechStat

Friday - 12/17/2010, 07:17am EST
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NARA ends development of ERA project

WFED's Jason Miller gives an update on NARA's cancellation of the contract for the electronic records archive.

Tags: NARA , Lockheed Martin , electiontronic records archive , technology , Dorobek Insider , contracting

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 04:00pm EST
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