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DoD to streamline IT acquisition

A Congressionally-mandated report issued by the Defense Department finds the acquisition and budget processes being used for IT were designed for major weapons systems - not 21st century computer systems. The recommendations would let DoD keep pace with rapid developments in the IT marketplace.

Tags: contracting , technology , DoD , Congress , William Lynn , IT acquisition , agile development , budget , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 02:12pm EST

Reaction to OMB 25-point IT reform plan

Former USDA CIO Anne Reed responds to OMB's plan to reform IT management.

Tags: Anne Reed , CIO , USDA , technology , IT reform , Dorobek Insider , management , contracting

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 04:33pm EST
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New interagency contracts now require business cases

The FAR Councils issued an interim rule requiring changes to the use of and oversight of interagency contracts. OFPP reports that agencies spent $52 billion on multiple award and GWACs in 2009. The new requirements will help get that spending under better control, the councils say.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , FAR Councils , Interagency contracting , Multiple award contracts , GWACs , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/13/2010, 03:20pm EST

Tip to OMB: earlier communication would help IT

Contracting officers have been reluctant to wade into RFPs. Steve Schooner says they should, in fact, be at the very center of discussions right from the start. The professor of federal contracting tells us why.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , NCMA 2010 , Steve Schooner , OFPP , technology , IT management reforms

Monday - 12/13/2010, 11:08am EST
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Analysis: Whether IT reform will work

"Hard, but do-able," says a former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy about OMB's new 25 point IT reform plan. Steve Kelman explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , IT management reform , management , Steve Kelman

Monday - 12/13/2010, 09:08am EST
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OMB plans to bust IT contracting myths

The Office of Management and Budget said many feds responsible for IT acquisition are so cautious about running afoul of ethics rules that they're passing up what could be productive interactions with the industry. The administration plans to start an awareness campaign to improve communication between agencies and vendors.

Tags: technology , management , contracting , OFPP , ethics , Vivek Kundra , Bob Dix , Dan Gordon , Paul Brub

Friday - 12/10/2010, 07:33pm EST
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Industry, feds react with optimism to OMB's IT reforms

The administration detailed a 25-point plan to improve the way agencies buy and manage technology. Current and former government officials say OMB is using lessons learned from the past to set the agencies up for success.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Teri Takai , Jeff Zients , DoD , Tim Young , Mark Forman , Bob Dix , Deloitte Consulting , KPMG , Juniper Networks , IT reforms , cloud computing , agile development , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/10/2010, 07:18am EST
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OMB targets high-risk IT projects

WFED's Jason Miller gives an update on the 26 high-risk IT projects on OMB's list.

Tags: technology , High-Risk List , Jason Miller , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 04:00pm EST
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