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OMB lays out plan to improve IT management

The Office of Management and Budget announced five structural changes to put renewed focus on improving IT management. OMB CPO Jeffrey Zients says the way government currently budgets for and acquires IT is "broken."

Tags: Jeffrey Zients , technology , management , budget , IT , Scott Carr , cloud computing , data center consolidation

Friday - 11/19/2010, 07:13pm EST
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Survey: Acquisition policy doesn't translate

A new survey from the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton finds contracting officers don't always find new guidance helpful in how they do their job. Acquisition workers also say too much oversight is causing innovation to be muted.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , Stan Soloway , Lew Crenshaw , PSC , Grant Thornton , time and materials contracts , high risk contracts , Recovery Act contracting , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 06:21am EST
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Howell to leave OMB for Information Sharing Environment

The deputy administrator for E-Gov and IT in OMB will take on a deputy program manager role to help improve information sharing across law enforcement agencies.

Tags: technology , management , Mike Howell , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , Interior , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/15/2010, 04:50pm EST

DoD research agency leads IPv6 transition

Agency CIOs are under pressure to move to the new network protocol over the next two years. Technology officials can look to the Defense Research and Engineering Network for some important lessons learned. DREN has successfully made the transition to IPv6.

Tags: technology , IPv6 , IPv4 , DoD , DREN , John Baird , CIO Council , Digital Government Institute , Max Cacas

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 07:21am EST
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OMB: improve geospatial data collection, sharing

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra wants agencies to take a portfolio approach so geospatial data is better coordinated governmentwide. The administration releases a supplement to Circular A-16 making geospatial data a capital asset.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kudra , Federal Geographic Data Committee , geospatial data , information sharing , Circular A-16 , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 07:27am EST

OMB kicks off voting for SAVE Awards

The Office of Management and Budget chose four ideas out of 18,000 entries that will save the government money. The winner will get to meet President Obama and present their idea. Voting starts today.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , Marjorie Cook , Thomas Koenning , Paul Behe , Trudy Givens , Nancy Fichtner , USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service , Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administ , DHS , Justice Department's Bureau of Prisons , VA , SAVE Award , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/08/2010, 02:44pm EST

OMB, DHS working on new HSPD-12 guidance

The memo is part of a broader effort to improve authentication to computers and buildings across government using secure identity cards. The White House also is close to finalizing the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. President Obama could sign the strategy this winter.

Tags: technology , Phil Reitinger , Ari Schwartz , DHS , GSA , NIST , TechAmerica , identity management , HSPD-12 , cybersecurity , National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cybers , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/05/2010, 07:14am EDT
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NIST defining steps to cloud computing

Agencies are laying the foundation for the use of cloud computing in the government. Officials are marking their progress in smaller steps instead of big strides.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , NIST , cloud computing , Dawn Leaf , Cita Furlani , Vivek Kundra , GSA , Max Cacas

Friday - 11/05/2010, 07:06am EDT
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NASA discusses challenges of data center consolidation

It's been more than nine months since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative began with the intent to reduce energy usage, lower IT costs and improve security. And some federal agencies are discovering that it's difficult to reduce spending without putting some money upfront first. NASA is just one of the federal agencies trying to [...]

Tags: Chris Kemp , NASA , cloud computing , technology , Federal Cloud Blog , Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative , IT , IT infrastructure

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 01:21pm EDT

White House hints at new government priorities

The White House is offering a peek into its plans for the coming months as Barack Obama enters the third year of his presidency. Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients discussed the future at the Excellence in Government conference Monday.

Tags: management , Jeffrey Zients , Danny Werfel , Vivek Kundra , Excellence in Government , Barack Obama , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 11/02/2010, 06:44am EDT
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