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Commerce considering managed service to fix cyber weakness

The Commerce Department issued a request-for-information asking for input from vendors around 11 cyber capabilities.

Tags: Jason Miller , Technology , Industry , Acquisition , Cybersecurity , Commerce Department

Monday - 01/21/2013, 04:34pm EST

Space station to get $18 million balloon-like room

NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

Tags: NASA , Bigelow Aerospace , Federal Drive , contracting , Industry , Glen Miller , Lori Garver

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 10:25am EST

Oracle says Java is fixed; feds maintain warning

Oracle Corp. said Monday it has released a fix for the flaw in its Java software that raised an alarm from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week.

Tags: Oracle Corporation , Java , hackers , Technology , Cybersecurity , Industry

Monday - 01/14/2013, 05:46pm EST

FAA to launch comprehensive review of Boeing 787

Federal regulators say they are ordering a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing's 787s, the aircraft maker's newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week.

Tags: FAA , Industry , contracing , Boeing

Friday - 01/11/2013, 09:00am EST

DoD contractor pays Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib, other sites $5M

Engility Holdings Inc. of Chantilly, whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, has paid $5.28 million to former prisoners held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites in Iraq during the war.

Tags: DoD , Abu Ghraib , Iraq , Engility Holdings Inc. , CACI , L-3 Services , Industry

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 02:49am EST

GSA predicts 'steady rollout' of new FedRAMP authorizations

After the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) certified the first cloud-computing services company last month, the General Services Administration is predicting a steady wave of new approvals later this year. The length of time it has taken the initial 78 companies or products in the FedRAMP pipeline to gain approval is a testament to the rigorous process, said Dave McClure, GSA's associate administrator in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Tags: Industry , Cloud computing , Technology , FedRAMP , Dave McClure , In Depth , Francis Rose

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 04:35pm EST
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GSA changes its model for the next generation telecom effort

The Network Services 2020 initiative will not be a large worldwide contract as the Networx and FTS procurements were over the past 20 years. GSA still is developing the overall strategy, but plans to use a similar approach it used with DISA on the recent satellite communications contract.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , Industry , Kevin Gallo , GSA , DISA , Tony Bardo , Hughes Network Systems , Telecommunications , Network Services 2020 , Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition , Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/04/2013, 05:24am EST
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Navy begins installing common IT architecture for entire fleet

The first Navy ship is undergoing an overhaul to implement the CANES system, one of up to 23 authorized under Pentagon's go-ahead for limited deployment.

Tags: DoD , Technology , Acquisition , Industry , Navy , CANES , Jerry Borroughs , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/27/2012, 01:30pm EST
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New FAR rule would permanently require prompt payments to small subs

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council's proposal would implement part of a July 2012 memo from the Office of Management and Budget. The memo directed agencies to take specific steps to ensure accelerated payments to small businesses.

Tags: Acquisition , Acquisition policy , OMB , FAR Council , Industry , small business , prompt payment , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 02:16pm EST

Federal acquisition leaders distressed over workforce, budget cuts

Latest edition of a biennial survey, sponsored by a contracting industry group, finds acquisition leaders have the same challenges they had a decade ago. But they fear tighter budgets will reverse progress toward improving the government's acquisition workforce.

Tags: Acquisition , contracting , Industry , acquisition workforce , Professional Services Council , Army Contracting Command , Camille Nichols , Grant Thornton , Stan Soloway , Alan Chvotkin , Phil Kangas , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 05:19am EST
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