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OMB wants to bring expert help to agencies

The White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued an RFI on how to develop a new platform called Expert-net to solicit ideas for solving mission-critical problems.

Tags: technology , management , Aneesh Chopra , Shelley Metzenbaum , GSA , OSTP , Web 2.0 , crowd sourcing , Challenge.gov , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/20/2010, 05:50pm EST

IPv6 task force looking at vendor readiness for the change

After meetings between agencies, the CIO Council's panel is concerned that even if agencies meet OMB's 2012 deadline to make the switch, their Internet service providers may not. The task force is hoping to meet with GSA and Networx vendors to make sure everyone is ready for IPv6.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , Pete Tseronis , John Curran , Andrew McLaughlin , CIO Council , American Registry for Internet Numbers , IPv6 , Networx , Internet service providers , Jared Serbu

Friday - 12/17/2010, 06:45pm EST
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NARA to suspend development of ERA starting in 2012

The agency is deciding whether or not to move forward with the contract option for operations and maintenance with Lockheed Martin. GAO and OMB say the project has multiple problems, including more than a $200 million increase in the total cost for ERA and a lack of usage by agencies. After going through a TechStat sessions, NARA and OMB decided to stop enhancing the system and focus on use.

Tags: technology , industry , David Lake , Vivek Kundra , NARA , GAO , Sheila Collins , Lockheed Martin , electronic records , ERA , Jason Miller , TechStat

Friday - 12/17/2010, 07:17am EST
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Will Air Force block of websites plug the WikiLeaks?

Fidelis Security's Kurt Bertone explains whether the Air Force's block of the New York Times and other sites will stop future WikiLeaks leaks.

Tags: Kurt Bertone , Air Force , DoD , Fidelis Security , WikiLeaks , technology , security , Cybersecurity Update , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 05:24pm EST
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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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