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DoD to set new path for IT acquisition

The Pentagon will issue new guidance this summer to move the military services away from buying technology in the same way they buy weapons. DoD's challenges are similar across the government, according to a new survey of CIOs. TechAmerica finds in their 21st survey of CIOs that technology managers believe acquisition employees need more expertise in buying IT.

Tags: technology , management , contracting , Beth McGrath , DoD , OMB , Grant Thornton , Norm Lorentz , cloud computing , CIO survey , Web 2.0 , TechStat , cybersecurity , agile development , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 07:58am EDT
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Draft executive order gives industry heartburn

White House is considering issuing an executive order that would require vendors to submit information about their political contributions as part of their bid proposal package. Industry associations say the proposal wouldn't keep political influence out of the acquisition process, but likely add it in. The administration claims the draft order is all about greater transparency and accountability.

Tags: contracting , industry , Jay Carney , White House , Susan Collins , Mitch McConnell , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , PSC , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 07:31am EDT
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Why public-private partnerships needed in cybersecurity

A report by TechAmerica shows that with the interconnected nature of the Internet and the ever evolving sophisticated threats, a public-private partnership is not just a good idea but a necessity.

Tags: Liesyl Franz , Cybersecurity Update , technology , public-private partnerships , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 03:20pm EST
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Dangle the cyber carrots to increase security

Instead of imposing additional security regulations, the U.S. government must work with the private sector to develop incentives that motivate companies to voluntarily adopt security best practices.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , ISA , Business Software Alliance , Center for Democracy and Technology , U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 08:30am EST

Industry urges gov incentives for cyber practices

Instead of government mandates, industry groups are calling for government incentives to spur better cybersecurity practices.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , PC World , Dorobek Insider , Chamber of Commerce , Internet Security Alliance , Center for Democracy and Technology

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 02:42pm EST

Real cybersecurity takes teamwork

If you want effective cybersecurity, you need a policy that embraces voluntary public/private partnerships.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , ISA , Business Software Alliance , Center for Democracy and Technology , U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday - 03/08/2011, 08:30am EST

OMB, OPM turn to former CIOs for help

Former federal technology officials and industry experts offered ideas and suggestions on how to make project management its own career series in the government. OMB and OPM were collecting ideas from several former, long-time agency officials.

Tags: technology , pay and benefits , Vivek Kundra , Charles Grimes , OMB , OPM , IAC , project management , IT reform plan , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/28/2011, 06:03pm EST

Tech issues in the lame duck session examined

A 3 percent withholding requirement for contractors was passed in 2005 and is set to take effect Jan. 1 2012, and government agencies are already preparing for its implementation. We learn more from Phil Bond with TechAmerica.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congress , lame duck , Phil Bond , Suzanne Kubota , Federal Research and Development Tax Credit , contractor withholding , contracting , cybersecurity

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 10:08am EST
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Feds raise questions about cloud security

Several cyber experts are not sold on how security around cloud computing will work. Some of the doubts come as GSA issues draft requirements for FedRAMP. Others say agencies likely will move to a private cloud first before trusting data to a public provider.

Tags: technology , David Stender , Brian McGrath , Census , IRS , GSA , Doug Bourgeois , VMware , Sam Curry , RSA , cybersecurity , cloud computing , FedRAMP , Scott Carr

Monday - 11/08/2010, 06:36am EST
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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 , OMB , 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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