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GSA wants to add cloud category to IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration announced Wednesday it's seeking to roll out a new category especially for cloud services under its massive IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. Maynard Crum, acting director of the Office of Strategic Programs in GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services, announced the agency's pursuit of a new special-item number for cloud — or cloud SIN — during a panel discussion at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 03:16pm EDT

Why industry and women need to take more chances

Industry needs to be "more creative and bold" when it comes to helping agencies solve their biggest challenges, says AT&T executive Casey Coleman, the former chief information officer at the General Services Administration.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 01:23pm EDT

FAS's roles in professional services

Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service discusses the new professional services category management agenda for FAS and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.
July 8, 2014

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:16pm EDT
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What life is really like behind the inspector general's curtain

Brian Miller, former inspector general at the General Services Administration, said IGs have a difficult job that often goes unnoticed. He gave Federal News Radio a behind-the-scenes look at how IGs balance mission, the media, agency relationships and a good sense of humor.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:48pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

We're learning a bit more about the General Services Administration's move toward a "category management" approach to federal purchasing. GSA's working on a new concept called "hallways" -- the first one's coming this fall. It'll deal with information technology. GSA says one person will manage a team of experts that will create new standards and best practices for a specific area of acquisition. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He explained how the hallways approach can help GSA expand its strategic sources contracts on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services prioritizes efficiency

What are the strategic priorities for the GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services? How does ITS maximize the value of government IT while also lowering its cost? What is ITS doing to improve its operations and become more efficient and agile? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Mary Davie, assistant commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

Monday - 07/07/2014, 11:00am EDT

New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:54pm EDT

GSA building manager charged with bribery, theft

The federal complaint alleges that Timothy Francis Cashman accepted bribes in exchange for steering hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of GSA contracts to a partner in crime.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 10:27am EDT

OMB and GSA developing unified measures to cut down on costs

The Office of Management and Budget and General Services Administration plan to use benchmarks and shared data to help agencies become more efficient and effective.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:21pm EDT

GSA, DHS about ready to turn the spigot on for a new set of cyber tools

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts that will truly kickstart the federal move toward dynamic cybersecurity protections of agency networks and computers. The two agencies will release six task orders under the $6 billion CDM program in the coming year to implement tools and services across more than 40 agencies.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:08am EDT
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A deeper look at GSA schedule pricing

Tony Fuller, principal at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, joins host Roger Waldron for a wide ranging discussion of GSA schedule pricing.
July 1, 2014

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 09:44pm EDT
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Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant

Every major agency has an inspector general. Some are enthusiastic about sharing their office's work with the general public. Others prefer to let their reports speak for themselves. Brian Miller used to be an inspector general -- he's the former IG of the General Services Administration and now managing director at Navigant. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for the beginning of an ongoing look into the world of inspectors general. He said there's an apprehension in some offices towards publicizing the work they do.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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Agency blunders put spotlight on risk management

A series of management blunders and agency misbehavior in recent years ranging from the General Services Administration to the Veterans Affairs Department, haven't only put agency leaders in the hot seat — and sometimes out of work. They've also highlighted the importance of better risk-management planning by agencies, current and former federal officials told Federal News Radio as part of a special discussion on risk management.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Lessons in federal training - straight from your garden

Training should not be about checking items off a list, says GSA Chief Learning Officer Mike Casey. It should be more like a "self-weeding garden."

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:48pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How much should contractors charge the government for labor for a project? Perhaps not surprisingly, it depends on the type of contract and what the government instructed the contractor to do. It gets murkier when subcontractors are involved. In a long running case between QinetiQ and the General Services Administration, GSA is asking for millions it says the company overcharged. The company sued, saying it was doing what the government asked for. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out this highly-watched case.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:34am EDT
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Mike Casey, Chief Learning Officer, GSA

Training your agency's employees by sitting them down in a classroom in front of a teacher giving a lecture won't work for the federal government anymore. Mike Casey is the chief learning officer of the General Services Administration and a guest for the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose. He's at the forefront of the effort to teach agency managers the difference between training and learning. Casey said knowing the difference could make a big impact on the cost to run your agency. Read related article.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:03pm EDT
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Q&A with former GSA administrator Martha Johnson

Former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson discusses her new book: "On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation and Personal Resilience", and takes a look back at her career in public service.
June 23, 2014

Monday - 06/23/2014, 07:58pm EDT
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Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

Bob Woods, President, Topside Consulting

The General Services Administration is pushing agencies to offer more eco-friendly contracts. Industry is already on board with the idea, but some agencies aren't taking the bait. Bob Woods is president of Topside Consulting and former commissioner of the Federal Technology Service at the General Services Administration. He's tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's stopping agencies from going green.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:13pm EDT
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GSA ends office supplies 2 contract; faces new protest on version 3

Vendors protested GSA's desire to extend the Office Supplies 2 contract for six more months. GSA says agencies can buy office supplies through the multiple award schedules. National Industries for the Blind protests the OS3 contract to the agency, not to GAO.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:25pm EDT
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