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4:03 pm, January 26, 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.

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

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

OMB gives agencies deadline to set up digital services teams

The Office of Management and Budget is instructing agencies to set up their own digital services group modeled after those at the General Services Administration under 18F and the Veterans Affairs Department.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:06pm EST

GSA searching for right people to run category management

The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 03:15pm EST

USCIS eyes more collaboration, competition in move to agile development

Mark Schwartz, the Citizenship and Immigration Services chief information officer, said the Flexible Agile Development Services (FADS) requires four vendors to coordinate software development and keep the government's best interest in mind.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 11:46am EST
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Agencies not seeing dollar signs in the cloud

Transportation and DISA CTOs say cloud computing may not deliver the savings many expected. Instead, the value of moving to the cloud is the ability to modernize apps, scaling up and down on demand and taking advantage of the agility and speed to get services to market.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:25am EST
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Tangherlini stepping down as GSA administrator

Nearly three years after coming to the General Services Administration in the wake of the Western Regions Conference scandal, Dan Tangherlini announced he's leaving government Feb. 13.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 01:24pm EST

CIOs on the move: High rate of senior IT executive departures in 2014 cuts both ways

Federal News Radio has been tracking the turnover of CIOs and other senior level IT officials between November 2013 and October 2014. All combined, the 23 total CIOs or senior IT leaders that either left government or changed jobs within government had 96 years of experience and their average tenure was 4.2 years.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:59am EST
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GSA now in charge of dot-gov domain policy, issuance

A new memo from the Office of Management and Budget sets eight standards for new federal websites and seven for existing ones.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 09:21am EST

OMB to deliver much needed assistance around digital services

Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at OMB, said the administration has to help agencies get the skills and capabilities to move to a digital world more quickly and improve the quality. She said an updated Digital Services Playbook is coming in the next month. The IRS is one of the few agencies to grasp how digital services can improve its mission.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 04:40am EST
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