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Competition, ease of use is GSA's focus for next generation telecom contract

The General Services Administration received responses Thursday from vendors on how to shape the first major acquisition under the Network Services 2020 program. Officials say they are heeding the mistakes and missteps of the Networx contract. GSA expects to issue a RFP in November and make the first awards in May 2015.

Tags: technology , contracting , acquisition , industry , GSA , Kevin Gallo , Fred Haines , Tony Bardo , Hughes Network Systems , Network Services 2020 , Networx , telecommunications ,

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:15am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The strategy under development for the Network Services 2020 telecommunications contract is focused on expanding the number of vendors offering services. During the creation of the current contract, called Networx, the General Services Administration inadvertently limited competition to five large carriers. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss how GSA is trying to learn from its mistakes of the past as it develops the new NS2020 strategy.

Tags: Federal Drive , GSA , Networx , Network Services 2020

Friday - 05/23/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief human capital officers are starting to say that working within the current federal HR system may not be the answer to improving hiring, firing and other personnel processes. Instead, they say it's time to make wholesale changes to the increasingly unwieldy human resources system. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to discuss ideas on how to fix the federal HR system. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Federal Drive , CHCO , human resources , Partnership for Public Service , hiring , retention

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:29am EDT
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Federal HR reforms demand an inside/out strategy

Several agency chief human capital officers say wholesale changes to the federal hiring, recruiting, retaining and firing processes are needed now more than ever. It's no longer just a matter of using the authorities available, they say.

Tags: workforce , management , Partnership for Public Service , Grant Thornton , Michael Kerr , Labor , Brad Bunn , DLA , Patricia Adams , Navy , Ned Holland , HHS , HR reforms ,

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Trust but verify. President Ronald Reagan used that phrase when discussing relations with the former Soviet Union. Now it's taking on a new meaning in government. Agencies are developing insider threat programs and creating a new culture of "trust but verify." As part of Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees,executive editor Jason Miller explores what it takes to create an insider threat program that equally protects the government, its employees and contractors. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 10:31am EDT
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Insider threat programs must find the right 'trust but verify' balance

NSA, State and nearly every other agency are developing "fixes" to protect unauthorized employees from taking data. Experts say employees need to understand why the rules are in place and how they benefit both the organization and worker. OMB says one way to improve the situation is by reducing the number of federal employees with security clearances-an initiative that already is underway.

Tags: management , Insider threat , Beth Cobert , OMB , John Fitzpatrick , NARA , information sharing , Patrick Kennedy , State Department , NSA , Keith Alexander , Ed Hammersla , Raytheon , CA Technologies , Bill Harrod , Intelligence National Security Alliance , Dawn Cappelli , Rockwell Automation , Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees ,

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:56am EDT
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DHS' push for clearer cyber authorities moves to the House

Larry Zelvin, the director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate, is expected to tell the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday that the implementation of the advanced intrusion detection and prevention program known as Einstein is hampered by the lack of clarity of the exact role DHS is allowed to play under the current set of cybersecurity laws.

Tags: technology , DHS , Larry Zelvin , FBI , Joseph Demarest , cybersecurity , information sharing , Congress , House Homeland Security Committee , Heartbleed ,

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 06:10am EDT

Thomas Drake's decision to blow the whistle was a matter of conscience, Constitution

Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller speaks with Thomas Drake about his decision to go public with what he called waste, fraud and abuse at the NSA. Drake is one of the few federal employees to be brought up on non-spy charges under the Espionage Act.

Tags: Thomas Drake , NSA , whistleblower , Trust Redefined ,

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:03am EDT
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GSA picks 74 vendors for unrestricted OASIS contract

GSA announces the winners under the new multiple-award contract for complex professional services. GSA made 225 awards to 74 contractors across the seven functional areas of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract.

Tags: OASIS , GSA , contracting , acquisition , industry , Tom Sharpe , small business ,

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:56pm EDT

OFPP closing the contracting officer training gap between civilian, DoD

A new memo details about eight major changes to the education and knowledge requirement for civilian agency contracting officers. It calls for more than just training but a deeper knowledge of acquisition roles, responsibilities and how to ensure success.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , workforce , training , OFPP , NCMA , Lesley Field , Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council , Beth Blazek , Management Concepts , Michael Fischetti

Friday - 05/16/2014, 04:19am EDT
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