FCW Insider: Feb. 28

The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying a planned initial deployment of its $16 billion electronic health record project by four months, but is promising added functionality at the go-live date. At a pair of Capitol Hill hearings, VA officials also discussed the agency's antiquated infrastructure. Adam Mazmanian reports.

The Navy wants to increase production of unmanned surface vessels, but some in Congress are wary of long-term prospects of the surface drone strategy. Lauren C. Williams has more.

The Social Security Administration awarded a $253 million telecommunications task order to MetTel, one of three small businesses on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract. Mark Rockwell takes a look.

As public sector job satisfaction dips, Rep. Jennifer Wexton wants the 2020 White House hopefuls to restore faith in civil service. Lia Russell explains.

To serve government buyers, an e-marketplace provider must balance between commercial efficiency and public accountability. Robert A. Burton, a procurement attorney and former government official, discusses the e-marketplace platform pilot in this FCW commentary.

Quick Hits

*** The Department of Homeland Security is looking to help develop a MBA program in security technology. The Science and Technology Directorate at DHS is seeking existing universities to propose plans for a two-year MBA focusing on Security Technology Transition to educate current DHS employees on acquisition, research and development and operationalizing experimental technologies.

*** Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee are seeking to conduct transcribed interviews with a number of State Department officials as part of a congressional probe into political retaliation against State personnel.