9:19 pm, December 18, 2014

DoD unties services' hands when buying commercial cloud

DoD's new guidance for how the military services and agencies should acquire commercial cloud computing services diminishes the role of the Defense Information Systems Agency.

OPM updates closure procedures

Federal employees who are on pre-approved paid leave during a government closure will no longer be given an excused absence.

House lawmakers call for OFPP to issue reverse auction guidance

The chairmen of the House Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees say agencies still are misusing reverse auctions to avoid procurement regulations.

News Alert

OPM to warn 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions. KeyPoint is one of the companies OPM uses to conduct background investigations.

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  • President Obama signed an executive order closing all executive branch offices and agencies on Dec. 26.
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  • Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan K. Meadows discovers his artistic voice while recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
  • Listen to Tom Temin's latest on-air interviews with federal executives and contractors.
  • In Depth with Francis Rose features interviews on the top federal news of the day.
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  • Open Season expert Walt Francis answers your most pressing questions about this year's open season.
  • View photos of the Capitol dome restoration project, which will fix more than 1,000 different issues.
  • The National Academy of Public Administration names 17 fellows for their contributions to federal service.
  • View photos and hear interviews from this year's Government Contract Management Symposium.
  • What products are agencies buying, who are they buying them from, and how much does it cost?
  • From volunteering at orphanages to saving stray dogs, feds and their families are honored for their efforts.
  • View photos and hear interviews from this year's GovCon Awards, recognizing the best in contracting.
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  • Federal employees' opinions of senior leaders are at a five-year low, according to the latest EVS.
  • View photos from TechAmerica's annual Vision Conference, offering a peek into the future of Defense spending.
  • Few activities have vexed the federal government more over the years than procurement. Is reform needed?
  • The Feds Feed Families campaign collected 14.8 million pounds of food in 2014. View photos from a recent event.
  • Emily Kopp interviews Army leaders at the annual AUSA Expo. View photos and listen to the interviews.
  • The descendent of a British general returns a naval sword seized during the 1814 attack on Washington, D.C.
  • The Office of Personnel Management answered questions about phased retirement, morale, pay, and more.
  • VA's IG details a story of fraud and abuse that's right out of the movies.
  • The White House is giving DHS the authority to conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks.
  • All the answers you need on phased retirement and how to take advantage of it.
  • In the inaugural edition of our new feature, Federal Voices, diplomats' share stories of crisis and survival.
  • After executing a search warrant, authorities seized more than 40 items from John Sember's home.
  • Martha Rubenstein at the National Science Foundation discusses the results of our exclusive CFO survey.
  • View photos of five unique Air Force aircraft you've probably never heard of.
  • The Broadcasting Board of Governors aims for a morale boost with an office facelift. View photos of the workspace.
  • Meet 33 feds who changed lives and saved billions of dollars in 2013. View photos and learn about the finalists.
  • The National Museum of American History is getting a $158.4 million facelift to its west wing.
  • Federal Drive with Tom Temin broadcasts from the 2014 Air Force Association Conference. View photos.
  • Department of Energy employees enjoy music, games and food at a Feds Feed Families event.
  • Four unique stories about the feds whose work has saved significant amounts of money for the government.
  • Four feds are named for their outstanding achievements in human resources. Read our exclusive Q&As.
  • Labor Deputy CIO Dawn Leaf discusses her priorities around IT modernization in a free online chat.
  • Federal workers could see as much as a 50 percent reduction in cubicle and office space in the years ahead.
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