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GSA: ‘A Better Schedule 70’ Ahead

July 29, 2016 A General Services Administration’s top acquisition official has promised an improved Schedule 70 following an audit that found price discrepancies for identical products and some offered at higher prices than they were commercially available. Mary Davie, the assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services, responded to the inspector...

Nextgov Event: Post-OPM Breach, Where Are We in Federal Cybersecurity?

July 28, 2016 It’s been just over a year since hackers infiltrated the Office of Personnel Management and pocketed the personal information of 21.5 million federal employees. June marks “an unfortunate anniversary,” according to Clifton Triplett, a senior cybersecurity adviser at OPM and one of the many personnel the agency brought in to...

FBI Director: Time to Discuss Encryption Before 'Something Terrible Happens'

July 28, 2016 Encryption took center stage across the country in early 2016 when tech giant Apple refused to comply with the FBI’s request to crack the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The issue took a back seat after the FBI paid hackers to do the job for the...

NASA to Contractors: Hey, Do You Have $10M Worth of Our Stuff?

July 27, 2016 This week, NASA proposed a new acquisition regulation that would require contractors with custody of $10 million or more in NASA-owned property, plant and equipment to report so monthly. According to the Federal Register notice, NASA’s move to a monthly reporting requirement is to “ensure contractor-held [property, plant and equipment]...

DISA Wants $9M to Fast Track Cyber Innovations

July 26, 2016 The Defense Information Systems Agency has received $9.7 million in funding from the Defense Department’s Office of Small Business Programs since fiscal 2013 to pursue promising innovative technologies in cybersecurity, and the agency’s asking for more. DISA’s Rapid Innovation Fund, a research and development project that supports critical defense acquisitions...

CIA Director: Open Source a ‘Tremendous Advantage’

July 26, 2016 The CIA gained a major intelligence advantage by embracing something available to everyone: open source data sets. The agency operates the intelligence community’s Open Source Enterprise and has been hiring open source specialists to analyze public data sets and combine them with classified data. “It's been a tremendous, I think,...

IG Calls Out Federal Acquisition Service Over IT Resellers

July 25, 2016 Federal procurement officers planning to buy one of Sharp’s 70-inch LED Smart TVs off the General Services Administration’s Schedules Program from an IT reseller will find the cost ranges from $1,597 to $3,000. Those kinds of significant price discrepancies aren’t supposed to happen under the Schedules Program, but they do...

Spy Chief 'Excited' about Agency’s Modernization Effort

July 25, 2016 Although CIA Director John Brennan admitted last week the agency’s modernization effort has experienced pushback from some of its most tenured employees, he expressed excitement over how his agency has used technology to improve its data collection and analytic efforts. The CIA made news two years ago for its deal...

Can Better IT Management Save Government $5.8B?

July 22, 2016 Can better IT management save government $5.8 billion? The federal government will likely spend $90 billion or more on information technology in the coming fiscal year, and with more spending expected on cybersecurity and health IT down the road, total federal tech spending is going to trend upward. How then,...

Sequestration Can’t Halt Government’s ‘Historic’ Health IT Spending

July 21, 2016 Federal health IT spending grew 27 percent annually from fiscal 2011-2015, with the market jumping from $2 billion four years ago to $6.5 billion in fiscal 2015, according to research from big data and analytics firm Govini. Civilian health agencies fueled health IT spending the most. The Health and Human...