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VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , workforce , Ford Heard , Veterans Affairs , training , program management , suspension and debarment , strategic sourcing , T4 , CXO Surveys , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Online Chat: VA Deputy Senior Procurement Executive Ford Heard

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs Department's associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, joins Federal News Radio for an online chat on June 30.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , VA , online chat , acquisition , budget , contracting , construction , federal buildings , Ford Heard , CAO

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:53am EDT

Sen. Tester wants to clean up one messy part of the federal hiring process

The Competitive Service Act of 2014 would let agencies share information about potential job candidates when they are trying to fill similar needs.

Tags: workforce , Congress , John Tester , OPM , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Committee , hiring process ,

Friday - 06/27/2014, 03:20pm EDT

SESers leaving due more to age, time than other factors

A new report from the Senior Executive Association and the George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration found a majority of the reasons for a 10 percent decline in the SES workforce in each of the last three years is age and length of service.

Tags: workforce , management , Senior Executive Service , Senior Executive Association , George Washington University , Carol Bonosaro ,

Friday - 06/27/2014, 05:44pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is putting up almost $100 million to fund the next generation of cybersecurity technologies. DHS issued a broad agency announcement that lists the first four areas in which DHS wants to know the art of the possible. Doug Maughan, director of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's cybersecurity division, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the initial set of cybersecurity research areas. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: InDepth , DHS , Doug Maughan , cybersecurity , Technology , R&D

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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DHS S&T antes up $95M for cyber research, development

The Science and Technology Directorate issued a Broad Agency Announcement and four specific solicitations to get industry, academia and others thinking about how to improve cybersecurity. Over the next nine months, the agency will review white papers, proposals and make awards, with expectations of the development of commercial or open source projects in the next year or two.

Tags: Technology , acquisition , DHS , Douglas Maughan , cybersecurity , research and development , industry ,

Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:02am EDT
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Army issues new policy to gain better control over enterprise apps

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, the Army's CIO/G6, said the service now is requiring all enterprise software titles to be modernized, virtualized and migrated to an approved data center.

Tags: Technology , Ask the CIO , Army , Robert Ferrell , cybersecurity , Joint Information Environment ,

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 07:57am EDT
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Lawmakers optimistic about IT reform, cyber improvements

The nomination of Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as a variety of bills dealing with federal IT reform and cybersecurity updates crowded the docket of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee business meeting Wednesday.

Tags: Technology , Congress , OMB , Shaun Donovan , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , IT reform , cybersecurity , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Beth Cobert , Mark Forman , TASC , Erica McCann , Daniel Castro ,

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:37am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has cleared his first hurdle on the way to becoming director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave him the nod, even though some members weren't thrilled with his answers to their questions. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap the drama, and share details on everything else the busy committee did yesterday that could impact federal agencies. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Senate , Shaun Donovan , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shaun Donovan passes his first hurdle on the way to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget. But some members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are less than thrilled with his approach to answering some of their questions. Donovan's approval kicked off a busy day for the committee. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller has the recap. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the reaction to Donovan and the passage of several technology and cyber bills.

Tags: In Depth

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:14pm EDT
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