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Contractor security flaw puts data of 7,000 veterans at risk

The Veterans Affairs Department says veterans using a specific contractor for home telehealth services found a vulnerability that potentially could've exposed personal information of veterans. VA said the vulnerability has been closed and it has offered those affected credit monitoring services.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , Health IT , data breach , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:18pm EST

SAIC, Leidos founder dead at 90

J. Robert Beyster (1924-2014) died Monday of natural causes. As the founder of SAIC and Leidos, Beyster believed in solving national security problems for the federal government at a fair price.

Tags: J. Robert Beyster , Leidos , SAIC , national security , contracting

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 10:02am EST

Lockheed, Iron Mountain pay millions to settle overbilling allegations

The Justice Department settled two different cases with large contractors, both of which allegedly overcharged the agencies under the False Claims Act.

Tags: Jason Miller , contracting , oversight , Justice Department , False Claims Act , Lockheed Martin , Iron Mountain , GSA

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:19pm EST

Lori Walsh, Chief, Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics, SEC

For years the Securities and Exchange Commission has been seen as perhaps a step behind the securities fraudsters it's charged with stopping. But at least one branch is embracing the technological future, using the latest electronic tools to spot potential wrongdoing. Lori Walsh is the chief of the SEC's Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics. It houses some of the agency's brightest minds, all focused on stopping new forms of Wall Street crime. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how they're going about it.

Tags: Lori Walsh , Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics , SEC , Securities and Exchange Commission , technology , oversight

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:54am EST
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DoD unties services' hands when buying commercial cloud

A new memo from acting CIO Terry Halvorsen removes the requirement for DISA to be the main path to buy cloud computing services.

Tags: technology , DoD , DISA , Terry Halvorsen , Cloud computing , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 10:51am EST

House lawmakers call for OFPP to issue reverse auction guidance

Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are "misusing" reverse auctions to "evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations."

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , GAO , House Small Business Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , reverse auctions , Sam Graves , Jeff Miller , Joe Jordan , FedBid , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 04:50pm EST

Confusion over FedRAMP? OFPP to clarify contracting language

Agencies are struggling in how they describe the requirement for cloud services to meet the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program cyber standards. The FedRAMP program management office details programmatic goals for 2015, including new metrics to determine governmentwide uptake of the standards.

Tags: technology , Cloud computing , GSA , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , Matt Goodrich , Kathy Conrad , OFPP , acquisition policy , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:55am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

For cybersecurity, research and development and defense contracting, the Washington D.C. region carries a lot of weight. Now that Congress has passed a 2015 federal budget, lots of companies are looking to see how cyber, R&D and defense programs are likely to fare in the coming year. Jonathan Aberman has been looking into this. He's the managing director of Amplifier Ventures in Northern Virginia and the founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI, which brings new companies to the federal market. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for some analysis.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Amplifier Ventures , cybersecurity , Research and development , contracting , TandemNSI , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:31am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , Open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , Research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST
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