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House Oversight Chairman Questions $500 Million in IRS Tech Contracts

February 21, 2013 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating whether an IRS employee in the agency's procurement office unfairly helped a small computer company win $500 million in government contracts in one year, according to an Associated Press report. The AP obtained a letter from Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.,...

NASA chief information officer to step down

January 29, 2013 NASA Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton plans to leave her post, according to a Federal Computer Week report. Cureton had been CIO at NASA since 2009 and was previously CIO at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She was a prolific blogger during her time at NASA and wrote a 2011...

The White House’s interactive push for gun control

January 16, 2013 Shortly after President Obama announced his comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence Wednesday, the White House launched a new highly interactive webpage describing the recent history of gun violence and detailing the president’s plan. The site includes automatically launched video and graphics as visitors scroll down the page similar to...

NASA signs $40 million web services contract

December 20, 2012 NASA has signed a blanket purchase agreement worth an estimated $40 million with the Rockville, Md., company InfoZen for Web enterprise services technology, the agency said Thursday. “This procurement will enable an agencywide capability to create, maintain, and manage websites,” NASA said in a statement. “The contract will provide a...

OMB only led 11 TechStat reviews in 2011 and 2012

December 3, 2012 The number of adapt-or-perish reviews of failing information technology projects led by the Office of Management and Budget decreased significantly during 2011 and 2012, according to documents obtained by FierceGovernment IT. Former federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra began conducting TechStat reviews in 2010 aimed at getting over budget or...

TechAmerica names new board chairman

November 5, 2012 TechAmerica has named Dennis Stolkey, a senior vice president at HP Enterprise Services, as chairman of its board of directors, the technology industry association said in a press release Monday. Stolkey will replace past Chairman Peter Boni, CEO Emeritus of Safeguard Scientifics, a venture capital firm. “Dennis has been a...

USDA offers buyouts to tech shop

October 12, 2012 The Agriculture Department offered buyouts this month to 230 employees in its technology shop who are at or nearing retirement age, according to a Federal Computer Week report. There’s no word yet on how many employees will take the department up on the offer. The period to accept the buyouts...

State Department adviser lays out pros and cons of Internet diplomacy

August 31, 2012 The Wikileaks scandal has inspired State Department officials to be more active online rather than less, says a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “[Wikileaks] is largely made up of members and followers rather than paid staff,” Clinton’s Senior Adviser for Innovation, Alec Ross, said in an interview...

FedBizOpps contractor under FBI investigation

June 29, 2012 The FBI is investigating the contractor that runs FedBizOpps.gov, the main government contracting website, for allegedly spying on competitors, Federal News Radio reported Friday. FNR obtained a search warrant issued in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia alleging Symplicity Corp. CEO Ariel Friedler repeatedly snooped...