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2:54 pm, May 28, 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.

Treasury primes e-invoicing platform ahead of OMB policy

A new memo from the Office of Management and Budget is expected to require agencies to use an established electronic invoice processing platform by a certain date. About 80 agencies already use the IPP to process about 500,000 invoices a year.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:37am EDT
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Office space consolidation inspires HHS IT upgrades

Frank Baitman, the Department of Health and Human Services chief information officer, said moving to an open office floor plan drives the agency to be more mobile and take more advantage of cloud services.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:24am EDT

VA plans for 'doomsday' cyber scenario

With its networks and systems facing upwards of 1 billion attacks a month, the Veterans Affairs Department is bringing together cyber and mission owners to discuss its courses of action if the situation becomes worse. The agency also is looking to its digital services team to make across-the-board improvements to its online applications.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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TSA IT budget cuts spur innovations in cloud, risk management

Stephen Rice, the TSA chief information officer, said the agency is figuring out how to modernize its IT infrastructure despite seeing a $65 million budget cut over the last three years.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:31am EDT
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VA turns up its 'intensity' to solve long-standing cyber challenges

Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, said he's brought in extra vendors to deal with a backlog of cyber challenges. VA's inspector general found more than 9,000 outstanding system security risks in its annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:42am EDT
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OFPP, USDS throw down a $360k challenge for digital services training

The "Digital Service Contracting Professional Training and Development Program" challenge asks industry to help federal contracting officers improve how they buy in-demand services.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 02:28pm EDT

DHS to launch STIX, TAXII service for cyber

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team will begin using two emerging technical specifications to automate how cyber threat information is shared with the public and private sectors.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:01am EDT
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OMB initiates FedStat to hone in on mission, management issues

The latest in a long line of data-driven reviews will give agencies a chance to compare themselves internally and externally with similar federal programs. OMB created FedStat as a way to use the data from its back-office benchmarking effort.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:28am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: TSA, HHS speed up move to cyber dashboards

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, the hope and expectation of the Homeland Security Department's continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program hasn't diminished as the cyber program has rolled out over the past year, executive editor Jason Miller reports.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 05:12am EDT

NASA using carrot, not stick in push for shared services

Larry Sweet, the NASA chief information officer, said he's not mandating the use of enterprise services such as the I3P contract, but rather is making the case by ensuring mission needs are met and the commodity IT is affordable.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 11:50am EDT
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Slow progress forces Navy to change strategies for cloud, data centers

The Department of Navy later this summer will move the Data Center and Application Optimization program office under its PEO-EIS group and out of its SPAWAR organization. Acting CIO John Zangardi said the DCAO will create a cloud brokerage hosting program with commercial and federally-approved clouds.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:39am EDT
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Cybersecurity, mission areas must integrate to stave off flood of attacks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is bringing these concepts together in a new document to help improve cyber defense and resilience. Ron Ross, a fellow at NIST, said moving cybersecurity closer to the mission decision-makers will help solve a fundamental flaw in how agencies protect systems and data.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:42am EDT
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FBI delivers on $1.1B biometrics program

The FBI launched the Next Generation Identification System in increments over the last four years to replace a 15-year-old fingerprint system with advanced biometrics. The bureau received an award for its successful program that met cost, schedule and performance goals.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 04:22am EDT
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Despite declining budgets, CHCOs still desire outside training opportunities

A new survey federal CHCOs, deputy CHCOs and CLOs by Federal News Radio found budget challenges and workforce turnover is causing agencies to value training and education even more. This is putting chief learning officers in a new and more prominent role to ensure critical skill gaps are filled and employees are turned into leaders.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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Justice gets $9M back from bankrupt vendor, GCE

Global Computer Enterprises agreed to settle allegations under the False Claims Act with the government by paying a fine. GCE filed for bankruptcy in September while also receiving $23 million from GSA and Labor to buy back financial management systems and data.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 12:47pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB starts DATA Act implementation in high gear

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, for all of the Obama administration's reluctance and push-back against the Data Transparency Accountability Act as it was going through Congress, give them credit for meeting the first major statutory deadline of the law on May 7, says executive editor Jason Miller.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:32am EDT

USDA's Risk Management Agency uses agile to solve financial systems problems

Chad Sheridan, the chief information officer of the Risk Management Agency, said after some initial bumps in the road, the agency is releasing new capabilities faster and on time.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 02:44pm EDT
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HHS to modernize health data with portal update

The Department of Health and Human Services is turning to its IdeaLab to make its health data on HealthData.gov portal "more liquid," to improve its usability and capability. Damon Davis, the director for the Health Data Initiative, said the new functionality aims to improve internal and external customer experiences.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 07:32am EDT
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Council trying to create a performance culture snowball effect

The Performance Improvement Council is following four complementary strategies to increase the use of data-driven decision making and create champions to spread the capabilities to the program level.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:47am EDT
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OMB requiring 5 percent cut in discretionary budget for 2017

The annual budget guidance continues to emphasize data-driven decision making, and makes specific recommendations around improper payments, shared services and the Freeze the Footprint initiatives. The administration also will introduce new stat session, FedStat, to integrate and prioritize management and mission issues.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:21am EDT
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