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Agencies ignoring billions in savings from strategic sourcing

Agencies are missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not using strategic-sourcing contracts, particularly when buying services, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report finds the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Energy spent less than 5 percent of their combined acquisition budgets through strategic sourcing and saved less than $2 billion.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , contracting , DoD , GAO , DHS , VA , Energy , OFPP , Darrell Issa , SmartBUY , federal strategic sourcing initiative , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:45am EDT
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Big data gauntlet thrown down for agencies

Three agencies launched the Big Data Challenge Wednesday asking for ideas to bring together disparate data sets that help agencies meet their missions better. The contest is part of the administration's national big data development effort. The TechAmerica Foundation also released a new report to help agencies understand and use information more effectively.

Tags: technology , big data , TechAmerica Foundation , NASA , NSF , Energy , Suzi Iacono , Bill Perlowitz , Wyle , Steve Lucas , SAP , Teresa Carlson , Amazon Web Services , chief data officer , FCC , Steve Mills , IBM , challenges , contests , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Energy official lacks authority to manage electric grid cybersecurity

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said he needs congressional approval to manage cybersecurity on the electric grid.

Tags: Energy , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , electric grid , Jon Wellinghoff , Federal Drive , Congress

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 07:55am EDT

NARA claims progress against backlog of classified papers

Ninety percent of backlogged papers have been assessed and sent to agencies for review, but unexpected problems may cause government to miss 2013 deadline to clear the backlog.

Tags: NARA , CIA , Energy , declassification , classification , David Mengel , Sheryl Shenberger , Robert Warrington , Kenneth Stein , Jared Serbu , Federal Drive

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Army releases $7B solicitation for renewable energy on bases

Army says 130 companies have expressed interest in building renewable facilities on military installations so far. Winners will be picked by the end of the year.

Tags: DoD , Army , Army Corps of Engineers , Energy , renewable energy , contracting , industry , Power purchase agreements , Energy initiatives task force , Katherine Hammack , Thomas Bostick , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Panel: Budget preparation best practices

Panelists are former Energy CFO Owen Barwell and Treasury Department's Nani Coloretti.

Tags: Owen Barwell , Nani Coloretti , Energy , Treasury , budget , management , Congress , Federal Drive

Friday - 07/27/2012, 02:51pm EDT
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Conference to explore agencies use of big data

How is the government using big data currently?

Tags: technology , The Big Data Report , big data , DoD , Energy , NASA , DHS , GSA , NIST

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 01:43pm EDT

DoE forges ahead in green trend

DoE has implemented changes to improve its energy sustainability efforts in support of greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Tags: Steven Chu , NORESCO , Energy , Green government , Energy Savings Performance Contracts , Taeja Smith

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:06pm EDT

The good old days weren't always so good

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey turns the column over to reader Doc frrom the Energy Department, for today's guest columnist. He's been in the private sector too, and worked overseas for Uncle Sam. And he says the good old days sometimes weren't all that good.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , pay and benefits , Energy , EPA

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 02:00am EDT
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