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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is reconsidering how it can use cloud computing services. Three years after deciding this new approach to technology delivery wasn't for the agency, VA is having second thoughts. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on where VA is heading.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Cloud computing , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:56am EDT
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HHS to modernize health data with portal update

The Department of Health and Human Services is turning to its IdeaLab to make its health data on HealthData.gov portal "more liquid," to improve its usability and capability. Damon Davis, the director for the Health Data Initiative, said the new functionality aims to improve internal and external customer experiences.

Tags: Technology , Damon Davis , HHS , IdeaLab , Health IT , Drupal , data sharing , Open government , Symantec ,

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 07:32am EDT
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Council trying to create a performance culture snowball effect

The Performance Improvement Council is following four complementary strategies to increase the use of data-driven decision making and create champions to spread the capabilities to the program level.

Tags: management , Performance Improvement Council , Kate Josephs , Robert Shea , Grant Thornton , Chris Mihms , GAO , GPRA Modernization Act , Performance Institute , Association of Government Accountants ,

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:47am EDT
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OMB requiring 5 percent cut in discretionary budget for 2017

The annual budget guidance continues to emphasize data-driven decision making, and makes specific recommendations around improper payments, shared services and the Freeze the Footprint initiatives. The administration also will introduce new stat session, FedStat, to integrate and prioritize management and mission issues.

Tags: budget , OMB , Shaun Donovan , Improper payments , Shared services , FedStat , Evidence based budgeting , Reduce the Footprint initiative ,

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:21am EDT

Network as a Service

Tags: Brocade , The New IP , Anthony Robbins , Phil OReilly

Monday - 04/20/2015, 02:58pm EDT

OPM grants all agencies excepted hiring authorities for digital services

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta approved the use of excepted service appointments for up to two years at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for agencies with approved projects in need of digital services expertise.

Tags: Technology , workforce , Digital services , OPM , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , excepted hiring authority , Katherine Archuleta ,

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 02:51pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have new power to hire experts to work on specific IT projects without having to go through the standard federal hiring process. The Office of Personnel Management authorizes the use of excepted service for digital services experts. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why OPM took this unusual step.

Tags: OPM , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:01pm EDT
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Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps

The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program was created to provide agencies visibility into their networks to identify any cyber flaws and remediate them in a swift and streamlined approach. Though many agencies have already implemented a number of security tools, they still may lack a method for aggregating and analyzing the collective data for a holistic picture of their security posture. The CDM initiative is aimed at getting all civilian agencies the proper tools to improve vulnerability management, manage hardware and software assets, and ensure the proper security configurations are in place.

Tags: Symantec , CDM , Ken Durbin , Chuck McGann , Melinda Rogers , Rod Turk

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 09:00am EDT

Former HealthCare.gov IT program manager Chao retires from CMS

Henry Chao is leaving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after more than 21 years at the agency. Chao led the IT portion of the Affordable Care Act portal development and implementation.

Tags: people , Technology , CMS , Henry Chao , HealthCare.gov ,

Friday - 05/01/2015, 03:54am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget has released a much-anticipated draft policy to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance is designed to help agencies implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Tony Scott is the federal Chief Information Officer. In this exclusive interview, he tells executive editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.

Tags: Federal Drive , OMB , FITARA , Tony Scott , Acquisition , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/01/2015, 10:13am EDT
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