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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD trying to remove the haze around its use of commercial clouds

In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," The Department of Defense releases the results of a study detailing three new approaches to help military services and agencies ensure the security of the commercial clouds they use; what could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals and Harvard, the Commerce Department and the Office of Management and Budget are stealing away three senior executives from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , DoD , Terry Halvorsen , Inside the Reporters Notebook , oversight , FISMA , State Department , continuous monitoring , people , White House , Office of Science and Technology , Commerce Department , OMB , U.S. Digital Service , Nick Sinai , Harvard University , Lynn Overman , Charles Worthington , Aneesh Chopra

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:56am EST

OMB to seed digital services teams across government

The U.S. Digital Service team is working with VA and other agencies to hire and train employees to apply the agile development approach to projects. Mikey Dickerson, USDS director, said the goal is two-fold: to create lasting agile development capacity in agencies and to ensure agencies think about citizens' needs first and foremost.

Tags: technology , workforce , OMB , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , digital services , agile development , training , hiring , Veterans Affairs Department , CIO Council , GSA , 18F , exclusive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:06pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Digital services teams will begin sprouting up across the government over the next year. The Office of Management and Budget plans to expand the number of teams of technology experts that will work on troubled or high-profile projects. Lisa Schlosser, acting federal chief information officer, and Mikey Dickerson, director of the U.S. Digital Services Office and deputy federal CIO, spoke to Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the evolution of digital services.

Tags: In Depth

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 05:01pm EST
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Aaron Raddock, Manager, Baker Tilly

Some vendors use the phrase "contractors as pinatas" to describe how they feel about the assortment of new rules and regulations coming from the Obama administration. Aaron Raddock, a manager in the government contractor advisory services practice at the consulting firm Baker Tilly, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium to discuss how vendors can avoid the strike zone.

Tags: Aaron Raddock , Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP , Federal Drive , workforce , industry , NCMA , regulations , contracting , acquisition

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:10am EST
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Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Tags: technology , OMB , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , Haley Van Dyck , agile development , U.S. Digital Service , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , acquisition , Marina Martin , VA , exclusive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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NGA's belief in open source, crowdsourcing heating up

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency turned to GitHub, an open source platform, for help in developing mission apps. NGA earlier this week placed its first open source developed app on iTunes.

Tags: technology , open source , GitHub , National Geospatial Technical Operations Center , Dave White , Chris Rasmussen , crowdsourcing , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 09:34am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Clear evidence is in: the agile software development concept is leading to more successful federal technology projects. The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo calling for modular project development in 2012, and it's been monitoring its uptake since. Lisa Schlosser is acting federal chief information officer. Mikey Dickerson is the director of the U.S. Digital Service and the deputy federal chief information officer. Haley Van Dyck is a member of the Digital Services Team. All three of them sat down with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller to discuss the progress in using the agile concept commonly known as DevOps.

Tags: In Depth , U.S. Digital Service , agile development , OMB

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:50pm EST
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Senate Judiciary approves bill to codify ‘presumption of openness'

Senate committee lawmakers voted to send a manager's amendment to the Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act to the full body for consideration. The bill would require agencies to release documents more proactively.

Tags: management , FOIA , Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Patrice McDermott , OpenTheGovernment.org , Sunlight Foundation , Sean Vitka , National Security Archive ,

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:20pm EST

Bid protests continue to rise as agencies take corrective action more quickly

The Government Accountability Office released its annual report showing vendors submitted 5 percent more protests in 2014 than in 2013. But the overall sustainment rate dropped significantly for the first time in five years.

Tags: bid protests , acquisition , contracting , GAO , industry , Ralph White , Rob Burton , Venable ,

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:30pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But yesterday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov never did get to the bottom of the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, what he knew and when leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explained the hearings highlights on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Todd Park , HealthCare.gov , technology , cybersecurity

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:50am EST
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