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Senate committee approves DHS hiring freeze in reauthorization bill

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to hold the number of federal employees stable for the foreseeable future. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he also wants to look at the size of the agency's contractor workforce as well. The freeze was approved in the committee's first-ever DHS reauthorization bill.

Tags: management , workforce , DHS , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Rand Paul , Claire McCaskill , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , contracting , acquisition , Rafael Borras , Jason Miller , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:07am EDT
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OFPP's Gordon not stymied by bumps in the road to acquisition reform

Despite pushback on some issues by industry, Dan Gordon listens to input from all sides as the Office of Federal Procurement Policy continues to follow its own path to reform the acquisition process. The OFPP administrator said his office is close to issuing new guidance around business cases for multiple award contracts and a final rule redefining inherently governmental jobs.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Trey Hodgkins , insourcing , outsourcing , acquisition policy , acquisition regulations , FAR Council , interim rules , inherently governmental , Multiple award contracts , office supplies bpa , mythbusting campaign , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 07:29am EDT
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What states can teach agencies about cloud computing

State governments, just like the federal government, are looking for ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper. Michael Kerr, senior director of state and local government for Tech America, says one of these areas is cloud computing. “We are seeing states taking the lead on the application and implementation of certain concepts and technologies, [...]

Tags: cloud computing , Federal News Radio , Michael Kerr ,

Sunday - 11/21/2010, 03:06pm EST
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Agencies raise questions about cloud computing

It seems like everywhere Federal News Radio goes, people are talking about the cloud. Experts at TechAmerica’s 2010 IdentEvent questioned whether moving all agencies to the cloud is possible in the short term. This on the heels of GSA issuing its draft requirements for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Those sitting on [...]

Tags: cloud computing , IdentEvent

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 05:48pm EST
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Agencies must cut service contracting by 15 percent

OMB will tell agencies to focus on management support service contracts and reduce spending by $6 billion. OMB said contracting for management support services grew at a faster rate than other types of contracting. The initiative is part of the administration's Campaign to Cut Waste.

Tags: contracting , Jeff Zients , Dan Gordon , OFPP , OMB , service contracting , management support services , Campaign to Cut Waste , Jason Miller , Richard Ginman , Commerce , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , DoD

Thursday - 07/07/2011, 02:20pm EDT
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Playing by the rules gets more challenging

No time like the present? NO! says the Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations. We get details from one of the member companies, TechAmerica's Trey Hodgkins.

Tags: Federal Drive , OFPP , contracting , interim rules , Trey Hodgkins

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 10:31am EDT
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TechAmerica: Immediate threats to nation's cybersecurity

TechAmerica's Phil Bond testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations this week to explain what the most important cyber security concerns are today.

Tags: Phil Bond , cybersecurity , technology , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , In Depth

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 06:35pm EDT

Survey: What do fed CIOs want?

Your agency invests a lot of money in IT, so it's no surprise you want the best out of it.

Tags: Norm Lorentz , CIO , technology , Grant Thornton , In Depth

Friday - 05/20/2011, 05:37pm EDT
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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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