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The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.
Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.
Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.
Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.
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Senate legislators will introduce and markup its version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Wednesday, with a focus on giving CIOs full IT budget and contracting authority. The House and Senate bills differ in several ways, including how to limit the title CIO.
Pentagon's most senior contract policy official is set to retire soon, but schedule is uncertain.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel says good management policies should be enough to improve how agencies buy, operate and deliver technology.
The National Weather Service launched the ambassador program in February, and it now has more than 350 private sector, state, local, federal agency and other partners. The ambassador program is part of the NWS Weather Ready Nation effort to set an example of how to prepare for weather related events.
Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.
The Data Aggregation Working Group, under the Information Sharing Environment, is creating a data aggregation reference architecture to give law enforcement and intelligence agencies a better approach to sharing information more securely and more quickly. The group ran two pilots and created a tool kit for others to use.