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Obama may act to stop infrastructure cyberattacks

President Barack Obama may use his authority to issue orders compelling or encouraging private industry to meet minimum security standards to protect their computer networks from attacks by hackers or foreign governments, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Wednesday.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Barack Obama , John Brennan , Congress , Joe Lieberman , Industry

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 06:39pm EDT

Taskforce extends deadline for ideas on cloud ID management

The goal is for federal websites to accept third- party ID management credentials. The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) Tiger Team wants to know more about existing commercial products and services that can help.

Tags: technology , GSA , Deb Gallagher , identity management , Cloud computing , Industry , Federal Cloud Credential Exchange , cybersecurity , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:38am EDT
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VA not doing enough to verify service-disabled veteran owned firms

GAO highlights a need for tighter controls to fix the contracting program.

Tags: GAO , GSA , Service-disabled veteran owned small business , SBA , Veterans Affairs , VetBiz , Contracting , Acquisition , acquisition policy , Industry , Taeja Smith

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 05:11am EDT

White House shapes intellectual property protection ahead of year-end deadline

The White House is updating its 2010 trade secret theft and counterfeit product prevention strategy. The new plan will incorporate public input, which the administration is currently soliciting from stakeholders.

Tags: White House , Victoria Espinel , intellectual property , technology , cybersecurity , Industry , Supply chain management , Supply chain risks , Federal Drive , Esther Carey

Monday - 07/30/2012, 06:33pm EDT
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Labor Dept. says defense layoffs 'speculative,' no need for warning

Defense industry executives have spent the last few weeks warning that across-the-board budgets cuts that go into effect in January, could force them to issue notifications to employees in the fall to warn of impending layoffs. However, in a new memo issued Monday, the Labor Department said the lack of clarity about how the cuts would be applied means it would be "inappropriate" to issue Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notifications.

Tags: Labor , Jane Oates , budget , Sequestration , Industry , defense industry , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , Jack Moore

Monday - 07/30/2012, 09:11pm EDT

GSA seeks input on ID management in the cloud

The General Services Administration will hold a vendor day Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. The concept of identity management in the cloud builds on the efforts included in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Tags: technology , NIST , GSA , Deb Gallagher , Naomi Lefkovitz , identity management , Cloud computing , Industry , NSTIC , Jason Miller

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:05pm EDT

Former OFPP officials say government in state of 'paralysis'

Former officials from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy say agencies need to get out of the ditch they have dug for themselves by taking multiple-award contracts the wrong way.

Tags: Industry , Acquisition , contracts , GAO , MAC , best practices , Rob Burton , Venable , Allan Burman , Deidre Lee , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Keith BieryGolick

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:24pm EDT

VA, GSA each pushes major IT acquisitions to next steps

The Veterans Affairs Department will award a $5 billion IT hardware contract in the next two months. GSA will release a request for information for cybersecurity tools in the coming days. Both are examples of a healthy and busy fourth quarter for acquisition.

Tags: technology , acquistion , contractors , Industry , Contracting , GSA , Peter Burr , Transportation Department , Multiple Award Government and Industry Conference , cybersecurity , Multiple award contracts , budget , Jason Miller , Veterans Affairs

Friday - 07/27/2012, 06:01am EDT

TWD & Associates's Larry Besterman on converged IT infrastructure

Larry Besterman, the president and CEO of TWD & Associates, a small business systems integrator, joined Industry Chatter for a discussion of how and why agencies are turning to technology, such as cloud computing, to save costs.

Tags: Industry , Industry Chatter , technology , In Depth , Francis Rose , Larry Besterman , TWD & Associates

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 08:53pm EDT
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EXCLUSIVE: DHS directorate withdraws controversial vendor checklist

The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it would not put a contractor communication guidance in place that would have required agency leaders to answer 15 questions before meeting with companies. Industry experts said the draft guidance would have had a chilling effect on agency-contractor communication.

Tags: Industry , Acquisition , DHS , Mythbusters , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Industry-agency communication , Scott Amey , POGO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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