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OMB to dash(board) to better management

Chief performance officer Zients says agencies need to figure out and follow the best metrics to improve performance. Federal Performance Portal will be a one-stop shop for all agency measures that are being tracked through online dashboards.

Tags: management , Technology , Jeff Zients , OMB , Labor , Interior , Air Force , Jonathan Breul , Robert Shea , IBM , Grant Thornton , SAVE award , 2011 budget , performance management , dashboards

Friday - 02/05/2010, 07:01pm EST
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DoD, VA feel the pressure of electronic health record sharing

System integration, bandwidth providing separate challenges

Tags: Technology , Michael Weiner , Dave Cheplick , DoD , FOSE , Suss Consulting , health IT , information sharing , bandwidth , telecommunications , telework

Wednesday - 03/11/2009, 08:23pm EDT
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VA touts success of electronic medical records pilot

Agency conducts test with Kaiser Permanente using the NHIN to share the data of 450 veterans. The VA expects to expand the use of data exchange in 2010 with DoD and private sector providers. This was the largest public-private electronic health record exchange to date.

Tags: Technology , Stephen Ondra , Tim Cromwell , Robert Smith , DoD , Kaiser Permanente , health IT , electronic health records , information sharing , Nationwide Health Information Network , management , Veterans Affairs , best practices

Thursday - 01/07/2010, 06:30am EST
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OMB sets rules to spur innovations

A new memo details the way agencies can run competitions and award prizes. OMB will set up a Web site to help run the challenges. GSA also will award a contract vehicle for technical assistance.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , OMB , GSA , SAVE award , Agency competition

Tuesday - 03/09/2010, 03:27pm EST

VA gains granular view of impact of green IT

The Lebanon Medical Center in Pennsylvania is using a new dashboard to measure how it's implementing sustainability efforts. VA expects to save or avoid about $178,000 in the first year of the portal's use at the facility.

Tags: Technology , Horace Blackman , AFFIRM , green IT , sustainability , performance measurement , dashboard , management , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 05:21pm EDT
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VA to slow-roll use of smartphones, tablets on network

Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said only about 1,000 users will have agency supplied devices that will be allowed to access VA systems. VA eventually wants to create an apps store where externally and internally developed software will be made available for doctors, nurses and other employees.

Tags: Technology , Roger Baker , mobile computing , Apple , BlackBerry , iPhone , iPad , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 05:21am EDT
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Thursday morning federal headlines - Sept. 29

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , hiring reform , Mark Center , GSA , CSC

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 08:42am EDT

OMB wants agencies to 'own' their budget cuts

Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew said the White House will be less dictatorial and more collaborative in finding spending reductions that work for each agency, individually. Lew would not rule out further changes to federal employee pay and benefits. Agencies are encouraged to work with stakeholders, especially Congress, from the beginning of the process to what the cuts should be.

Tags: workforce , budget , Jack Lew , Todd Grams , OMB , Booz Allen Hamilton , Partnership for Public Service , management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 05:36am EDT
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VA needs to tighten oversight of G.I. Bill

Three senators say the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill needs tougher oversight after new figures show a quarter of the program's funds went to just eight companies that run for-profit colleges.

Tags: DoD , GI Bill , Congress , VFW , vetjobs , Tom Carper , Tom Harkin , Jim Webb , Curtis Coy , ted daywalt , education , Jared Serbu , Ryan Gallucci

Friday - 09/23/2011, 05:20am EDT
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Are multiple award contracts out of control?

The proliferation of multiple award contracts across the government has reached a tipping point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is on a listening tour trying to figure out how to tame this unwieldy beast. The administration's efforts come as several agencies, including the Homeland Security Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department plan to recompete or issue new procurements for MACs in the coming year.

In our special report, Contract Overload, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller explores all sides of this complex issue. What is the cost to industry to continually bid on these contracts? How do these costs get passed to agencies? Why do agencies believe they need their own MACs instead of using contracts provided by the General Services Administration, or other governmentwide acquisition contracts? What, if anything, can OFPP do to reel in the explosion in redundant contracts?

Tags: contracting , OFPP , GSA , DHS , Justice , Treasury , GWAC , Multiple award contracts , Jason Miller , Contract Overload

Thursday - 05/20/2010, 03:59pm EDT
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