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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is creating a new commodity technology shared service provider to serve the Pentagon and other locations in the Washington, D.C. area. DoD will issue a memo in the coming weeks to merge the Army's IT agency and other IT service providers into the Defense Information System Agency. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller has exclusive details of this new shared services set up. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review them.

Tags: commodity technology , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , shared services , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Army , DoD

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:54am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: IT shared services for Pentagon; Cloud legislation gets new life

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Army's last bastion of control in the Pentagon building is coming to an end and Capitol Hill warms to the idea of new legislation to make it easier for agencies to buy cloud services.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 05:12am EDT

Acquisition leaders on the move at VA, GSA

As much attention as the Veterans Affairs senior executive responsible for oversight of the debacle in Boulder, Colorado of the construction of a new hospital left, his replacement got strikingly little fanfare.

Tags: People , technology , acquisition , VA , Greg Giddens , Larry Gross , Interior , USDA , Jim Gwinn , GSA , Greg Hammond , Tom Sharpe , Tim Horne , Amanda Fredriksen , Inside the Reporters Notebook ,

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:53am EDT

IT Job of the Week

The Library of Congress seeks a chief information officer.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , job of the week

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:58am EDT

Lessons for federal IT from Roman architecture

Scott told the 39 participants who kicked off the IT Solutions Challenge last week to follow in the example of an ancient Roman architect.

Tags: management , technology , Tony Scott , Lisa Danzig , OMB , CIO Council , IT Solutions Challenge , Inside the Reporters Notebook ,

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:46am EDT

Cloud legislation gets new life behind CDM success

Federal chief information officer Tony Scott, a growing number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill and industry associations are warming to the idea of new legislation to make it easier for agencies to buy cloud services.

Tags: technology , Cloud computing , Congress , Rich Beutel , FITARA , OMB , acquisition , Industry , Professional Services Council , IT Alliance for Public Sector , Inside the Reporters Notebook ,

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:27am EDT

IRS Commissioner questions congressional double-edged sword

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said there is a disconnect in Congress as lawmakers continue to give the bureau more responsibility yet reduce its budget. He said he has a plan for the IRS to modernize its online services despite its budget challenges.

Tags: management , budget , Congress , IRS , John Koskinen , technology , Citizen services , Brookings Institution , Rosemary Marcuss , tax

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:12am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen continues his public persuasion tour to get Congress to better fund his agency. His latest stop: The Brookings Institution. There, Koskinen talks about the growing disconnect on Capitol Hill. He says many members want to give the IRS more responsibilities while also cutting its funding. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how Koskinen is dealing with the conflicting messages from lawmakers.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , Brookings Institution , budget , workforce

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:30am EDT
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Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service

The General Services Administration's schedules contracts program is undergoing a transformation. The first of many changes will happen over the next six months. GSA is launching its first consolidated schedule. It's working closely now with vendors who provide professional services. Tiffany Hixson is GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive. She told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller, the FAS is trying to do a better job meeting the needs of its agency customers.

Tags: Tiffany Hixon , GSA , schedules contracts , Federal Drive

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:38am EDT
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GSA's schedule contract consolidation kicks major overhaul effort into gear

The General Services Administration plans to substantially complete the merger of eight professional schedule contracts into one by November. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said 440 professional services contractors owning more than 4,400 total schedules need to migrate to the new construct.

Tags: exclusive , acquisition , Contracting , Industry , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , Kathy Jocoy , Professional services , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Other direct costs , Unpriced schedule ,

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:03am EDT
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