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11:32 pm, January 31, 2015

Jason Miller Reports

Jason Miller covers civilian agencies in the federal government with a focus on technology and acquisition. He is also an executive editor at Federal News Radio. Jason's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

Commerce's ITA getting out of IT business

Joe Paiva, the International Trade Administration's CIO, said he wants to outsource the agency's network, device management and printing to the private sector.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 08:46am EST
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Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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Stempfley leaving DHS for private sector position

Bobbie Stempfley is heading to the private sector after five years at the Homeland Security Department. She worked in a variety of senior executive cyber positions.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:43pm EST

DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Federal CTO Smith wants tech experts who speak the language

Megan Smith, the federal chief technology officer says agencies need employees with a high technical quotient to help build digital services. Four months into the job, Smith said digital services, policy and innovation, and STEM are her top priorities.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:54am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks get a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes about a year and a half after the VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the report and what it means for veterans' data.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:43pm EST
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VA begins biggest transformation in history

The massive reorganization the Veterans Affairs Department has unveiled begins with a simple premise: everyone should work from the same starting point. VA said it has now created a single map made up of five regions that the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, the National Cemetery Administration and several other offices will work from instead of the nine separate regional maps that existed previously.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 06:27pm EST

Independent assessment gives VA's cybersecurity positive mark

Mandiant issued a report finding the Veterans Affairs Department network domain controllers had no evidence of data theft, such as the loss of credentials, personal information or personal health information or VA sensitive information. But some congressional sources are skeptical of Mandiant's findings, calling it too narrow to be sure the network and veterans data is safe.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 03:35am EST
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No sequestration cuts in 2015, OMB says

A new report from OMB stated the discretionary spending budget caps for defense and non-defense categories matched or came in less than what's called for in the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 12:36pm EST

DISA's 'one belly button' approach to IT services

The Defense Information Services Agency has reorganized its services to be more customer focus and have accountability over what technology they provide.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 10:54am EST
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Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity for the intelligence community has become what terrorism was in the early 2000s an all encompassing priority. It's such a big priority that Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, is making cybersecurity transformation the hallmark of his tenure. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how Undersecretary Vickers is trying to take on the cybersecurity challenge.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 05:16pm EST
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DoD intel chief Vickers gives cyber premier priority status

Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, said cybersecurity and terrorism are his top two short- and long-term concerns. He said protecting space-based systems is becoming more important than ever. Vickers also wants to continue to transform the military intelligence community to meet ever-changing threats.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:22am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night carried few hints about changes to federal management. But two major areas will have a direct impact on federal employees. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's in it for you.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 02:53pm EST
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Beyond cyber, feds need to read between SOTU lines

President Barack Obama focused little on improving government management in his annual speech to Congress. Obama called on Congress to pass cyber legislation and said the administration will release a new report on surveillance and privacy safeguards.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:42am EST

FedBid splits into two, names Jordan CEO of new public sector company

The reverse auction vendor says its decision to split up its federal and commercial businesses has nothing to do with the critical Veterans Affairs inspector general report from September. Joe Jordan said FedBid has taken several steps to ensure any problems highlighted by the IG are resolved.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 07:00am EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB sets deadline to set up digital services teams, FITARA implementation process begins

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, OMB makes a significant policy decision, agencies are starting to figure out FITARA implementation and USDA makes steps toward Network Services 2020 move.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:00pm EST

IT Job of the Week

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement directorate within the Homeland Security Department is on the CIO search once again.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:57pm EST

DoD loses key IT exec; two formers are lured back to government

Long-time and well-respected cybersecurity executive Mark Orndorff is calling it a government career on Jan. 31.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:46pm EST
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