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DoD gave security clearances to thousands of 'federal tax cheats'

About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO's recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

Tags: DoD , IRS , OPM , GAO , ODNI , management , security clearance , Tom Coburn , Evan Lesser , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:33pm EDT

Kenneth Gillilland, Attorney, ARDEC

If you want to wave a red flag to get contractors' hackles up, just say the words, "lowest-price, technically acceptable." It may not sound like best value, but in a world of tough budgets, that's the way agencies are going. How can the strategy work for both sides? Kenneth Gilliland, an attorney with the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center spoke to Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

Tags: Kenneth Gilliland , ARDEC , contracting , National Contract Management Association World Congress , Federal Drive

Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:19am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's idea to make acquisition easier for your agency is starting to come into focus. GSA kicked off five governmentwide pilots and 17 agency specific functional areas under its category management initiative. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller takes us Inside the Reporter's Notebook for details on what GSA is doing. Read Jason's related story.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , Inside the Reporters Notebook ,

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:39pm EDT
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Over six years, DISA cuts inventory of large data centers from 18 to 10

The Pentagon's main IT provider shuttered its large data center in Huntsville, Alabama. in May, leaving only 10 of its large Defense Enterprise Computing Centers in its inventory. The mission of those remaining DECCs, however, is growing, not shrinking.

Tags: DoD , DISA , data center consolidation , Alfred Rivera , David Bennett , Jared Serbu

Friday - 07/25/2014, 06:08pm EDT
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Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission.

Tags: Thuc Hoang , NNSA , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Testing and evaluating federal programs earlier in the process is gaining support as the answer to systemic problems. The Defense Department and Homeland Security Department are pushing project managers to test technology or weapons systems sooner in the acquisition lifecycle. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the emerging trend. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The commander of the Air Force's space command says it's time for the U.S. to get moving on a new, multi-year program to build a rocket engine for space launches. He says it would reduce the nation's dependence on Russia and keep alive a vital part of the defense industrial base. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Air Force , rocket

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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Data retention & records management

Kevin Walsh, director of Iron Mountain Government Services joins host John Gilroy to discuss records management in the federal government.
July 22, 2014

Tags: data retention , records management , Kevin Walsh , Iron Mountain , Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records , transparency , open source , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 06:34pm EDT
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Charlie Crum, Director, Office of Inspector General, USPS

3D printing can help the Postal Service save a lot money, gas, and time, according to its Inspector General. 3D printers can make things like screws and containers using plastics and powders. Charlie Crum is a director at the Postal Service OIG. His office has a plan to help the agency jump into the 3D printing business, and he shared that plan on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: 3D printing , Charlie Crum , USPS , USPS IG ,

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:51pm EDT
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