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2:18 am, March 4, 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.

OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST

DHS, GSA kick off CDM task order 2 with $29M deal

Knowledge Consulting Group will implement tools and services from three vendors on the Homeland Security Department's network.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:16am EST

Tangherlini moves quickly from GSA to new job at private equity real estate firm

Former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini will start a new job as chief operating officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners on March 30.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:50am EST

Justice applying lessons learned in kindergarten to IT

Joe Klimavicz, the Justice Department's chief information officer, said shared services needs to be part of the culture of the organization. His office launched version 1 of the IT shared services catalog late last year.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 10:08am EST
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DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

VA seeks budget help to beat back backlog of disability claims appeals

The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting $20 million in fiscal 2016 to move its appeals processes from a mix of paper and electronic processes to only electronic. The additional funding is part of VA's $4.13 billion IT request to Congress.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:58am EST

Deltek, Aronson deal shakes up contractor services market

Aronson buys the Washington Management Group to expand its GSA schedules services offerings.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:12am EST

Air Force cancels suspension of FedBid

FedBid and the Air Force came to an agreement to end the reverse auction company's stay from bidding on new contracts. FedBid must implement and maintain a code of business and ethics conduct program and have a third party report on its efforts for a year. Additionally, Ali Saadat, the founder and former CEO of FedBid, resigned on Feb. 5.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:26am EST

DHS cyber programs to ‘grind to a halt' if 2015 funding lapses

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) and Einstein 3A programs would be "gravely" affected if Congress doesn't pass DHS funding bill by Feb. 28.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 01:00pm EST

GSA, NOAA roar into March with major IT, services RFPs

The General Services Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to release major IT and services solicitations in the coming month. The draft RFPs are part of the broader effort to change the government's approach to acquisition.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 03:52am EST
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Agencies neglecting cybersecurity in strategic plans, research finds

New research shows departments do not incorporate cybersecurity efforts into their goals and objectives, said Kevin Desouza, the associate dean for research at the college of public programs at Arizona State University and a non-resident senior fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:03pm EST
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NIST's ID management leader Jeremy Grant to leave government

Jeremy Grant has led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program since 2011. His last day will be in April.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 12:12pm EST

CIO Council to approve one standard for mobile app vetting

The Defense Department's National Information Assurance Partnership's (NIAP) protection profile will be the governmentwide standard for agencies to use when ensuring the security of mobile apps. The Mobile Technology Tiger Team recommended the NIAP approach because of the collaboration and coordination across government and with industry.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:02am EST

White House hires DJ Patil, jumps into the chief data officer pool

DJ Patil is the first chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:48am EST
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OMB pushing agencies to use single system for online transactions

The Office of Management and Budget is circulating a draft memo to CFOs to all-but-mandate the use of the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) run by the Treasury Department. Sources say agencies would have to justify to OMB why they wouldn't use the IPP. It's part of the administration's effort to push agencies toward more financial management shared services.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:06am EST

OMB warns of consequences if sequestration returns in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget tells Congress if it doesn't fix sequestration, discretionary spending across the government would drop by more than $90 billion.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 01:20pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA pitches acquisition reforms to Obama; FITARA implementation listening tour

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, the West Wing takes interest in government procurement and OMB is getting kudos for its initial steps to implement the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA).

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:46am EST
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Navy brings IT, business, innovation under one roof

The Department of the Navy is taking a more corporate approach to meeting the ever-changing mission needs with technology, said Maura Sullivan, the Department of Navy's chief of strategy and innovation.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:45pm EST
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Commerce invites employees to bring forth innovative ideas

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House's $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:36am EST
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OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:46am EST
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