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  1. Exelis gets Corps of Engineers IT contract

    Company will provide IT support in Mississippi, Oregon and D.C.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. Private First Class(Pfc) Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban inmates held at the Guantanamo prison. /AFP/Getty Images Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

    GAO: Bergdahl release violated Antideficiency Act

    The Defense Department should have notifed Congress 30 days before prisoner transfer.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. David Bennett, DISA's CIO, is examining how accepting DoD agencies are of using commercial cloud providers for sensitive information. DISA

    Amazon's cloud arm gets green light to handle sensitive DoD data

    Passing muster for this level of material requires more than FedRAMP compliance.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. CSC and IBM have joined forces to advance cloud computing. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    CSC, IBM partner on cloud

    A set of new offerings will help customers make the transition.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. DoD is not a 'niche market of contracts,' says David Bennett. DISA CIO. DISA

    DISA weighs contract consolidation as sequester solution

    The forced budget cuts could return in fiscal 2016, but DoD's mission has not gotten any smaller.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. GSA wants to hear from feds who work in GSA-managed buildings. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    GSA looking for tenant feedback on federal offices

    Survey responses will inform management strategies.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. DISA is likely to reorganize to take better advantage of its collaboration with US CYBERCOM, says DISA Vice Director MG Alan Lynn. Barry Rosenberg/C4ISRNet

    DISA to undergo cyber-focused restructure

    Still in the early planning stages, expected changes will strengthen DISA's collaboration with Cyber Command.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. Beth Cobert is deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. File

    Delivering a customer-focused government through smarter IT

    Editor's Note: This post was first published at

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. The US Postal Service's workers' compensation costs continue to rise. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Postal Service workers' comp costs rise as headcount falls

    The service paid $1.3 billion in workers' compensation claims in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  10. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Sequester fears return

    After months on the back burner, worries over the defense budget are back on the forefront.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. U.S. Army Spc. Cyrus Haines types air traffic notes onto a laptop at Camp Taji, Iraq. Staff Sgt Quinton Russ

    Microsoft licensing agreement pioneers new concept

    Only two such JELAs are in place, but the strategy shows early success.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  12. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe prepares to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Air Force, which establishes a working group that will identify cost-effective enterprisewide solutions. GSA

    GSA, Air Force team up to identify cost-effective contracts

    The Air Force is interested in OASIS and GSA's strategic sourcing initiatives.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  13. NASA delays award of multibillion dollar SEWP V contract

    Too many proposals have come in for an August award.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  14. Jennifer Sakole is the principal analyst for Federal Information Solutions at Deltek. Her experience spans 20 years in the federal market in various roles including proposal writer, pricing analyst, marketing manager and account manager. She has been with INPUT and Deltek for over a decade.

    SEWP's delay no cause for worry

    We recently learned that the award announcement for NASA's $20 billion GWAC, Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V—expected in August—will be delayed to September.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  15. Amanda R. Simpson, executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, expects to have 25 projects underway within the next year. Thirteen already are. Alan Lessig/Staff

    Army ramping up renewable energy program

    The Army's Office of Energy Initiatives, launching Oct. 1, is an evolution and enhancement of the current Energy Initiatives Task Force.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  16. Data center downtime frustrates many federal employees. NASA

    Federal IT workers frustrated with data center downtime

    Survey finds many are unhappy with their agency IT departments.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  17. Travel per diem rates to stay flat in 2015

    Per diem rates vary across locales, but standard rates will not change next year.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  18. The Smithsonian Institution is seeking volunteers to transcribe handwritten documents. KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    Smithsonian crowd-sources transcription services

    Volunteers can help turn thousands of handwritten documents into searchable records.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  19. Janet Hale is a director at Deloitte Services LP and former undersecretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security.

    10 steps to an insider threat program

    Since its inception, the Department of Homeland Security has invested significant time and resources into detecting and mitigating insider threats, integrating information from a variety of internal sources including the Office of the Chief Human Capital

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  20. The website for invitees to the Postal Service's Real Mail Notification service. USPS

    USPS beta testing mail notification service

    Get a PDF each morning showing you the mail coming that day.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  21. Terry Halvorsen wants to reduce bandwidth use. Navy

    DoD working on software bandwidth guidelines

    The move to software defined networks will bring with it a set of code-writing guidelines for contractors.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  22. Phased Retirement: You have questions, we have answers. Stock image

    Phased retirement explained: Your questions answered

    Get the answers to common questions about this new retirement option.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  23. The Federal Helium Program, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Amarillo Field Office, is responsible for the conservation and sale of federally-owned helium. Bureau of Land Management

    NASA looking for helium supplier

    The Federal Helium Program winds down in 2021, but its prices are already rising.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  24. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    DoD satellite procurement critiqued

    Non-recurring engineering costs billions that could be saved, general says.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  25. An artist's rendition of the 2007 Phoenix Mars probe during landing depicts dust particles stirred up from thrusters. CFD Research Corporation, in conjunction with the University of Florida, received a NASA 2012 STTR Phase II award to further develop a debris simulation tool that will predict the flow of granular materials in similar spacecraft landings. NASA/JPL

    NASA awards Phase II of future tech program

    Selected projects will demonstrate the feasibility of new propellants for in-space propulsion, increase capabilities to perform autonomous navigations, and advance new methods for the manufacturing of advanced materials.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  26. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Get a contracting plan in place early

    Avoiding contracting failure requires forethought.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  27. Transportation to federalize some IT contractors

    Contractors cost more than federal employees, raising the cost of shared services, says CIO.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  28. DoD will be moving some data into cloud in a pilot project, Terry Halvorsen says. U.S. Navy

    DoD to release cloud computing pilots by September

    The Defense Department will soon be moving some of its data into the cloud as part of a series of pilot projects, acting chief information officer Terry Halvorsen said Aug. 13.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  29. Demonstrators hold a vigil July 31, 2013, for family members who were being held in a detention facility in Eloy, Ariz. Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic

    Report: ICE faulted for freeing detainees in 2013

    Poor planning, lack of communication cited in IG report.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  30. GSA awards third-gen office supply contract

    21 small businesses get a place.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  31. Tyler Robinson is the Chairman of the Executive Board for Young Government Leaders, and Portfolio Risk Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    How to spot hidden training opportunities

    Many daily tasks and interactions can become skill-sharpening experiences.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  32. Griffiss International Airport will use PrecisionHawk's Lancaster Mark III unmanned aerial vehicle platform as part of an FAA program to research the integration of UAV's into the nation's airspace. PrecisionHawk

    FAA opens fifth unmanned aircraft test site

    Griffiss International Airport will test PrecisionHawk's Lancaster Mark III.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  33. Sylvia Burns becomes Interior's permanent CIO

    The former associate deputy CIO had been acting CIO since March.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  34. Robin Williams, shown here Dec. 13, 2010, was one of the first entertainers to go on a USO tour to Southwest Asia in 2002 and ultimately performed for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. Dave Gatley/USO

    Robin Williams was a staple of USO tours overseas and in U.S.

    Williams, who died Monday at the age of 63, leaves many mourners in DoD.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  35. Patrick Howard is Program Manager for CDM & CMaaS at Kratos SecureInfo, and is former Chief Information Security Officer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Courtesy Photo

    5 ways to make CDM rollout more effective

    As the program moves toward its second phase, agencies need to prepare.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  36. A United States Postal Office employee puts a bundle of mail onto a machine at the Processing and Distribution Center in San Francisco, California. Stephen Lam / Getty Images

    Postal Service, unions and lawmakers at odds over need for legislation

    Whether the USPS is operating at a profit or loss depends on the measure.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  37. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    Generalists in an age of specialists

    While their importance is often overlooked, people who can see beyond a narrow specialization can be invaluable.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  38. USDA's Web Based Supply Chain Management system enabled the ordering, procurement and delivery of 8.5 billion pounds of domestically produced foods during the last fiscal year, according to the agency. Lance Cheung/USDA

    USDA's web-based supply chain moves food faster

    Management system is poised for even broader use.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  39. In what is partly a response to the Navy Yard mass shooting in September, the Defense Department is rolling out a screening system to check the criminal backgrounds of base visitors. Getty Images

    Some military bases run FBI checks on anyone entering gates

    Pentagon fast-tracked development of a forcewide screening system after the Navy Yard shooting in 2013.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  40. Agencies will receive airfare at 23 percent below average corporate rates under GSA's City Pair program. Getty Images

    GSA: New airfares will save agencies billions

    Agencies should save $2.3 billion in 2015 as part of the General Services Administration's airfare program, according to an Aug. 7 announcement.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  41. Sen. Tom Carper and other government oversight committee leaders called for agencies to turn over documents to inspectors general in a timely manner. Staff

    Lawmakers: Agencies must stop hindering IG investigations

    Government oversight committee leaders call for prompt responses during inquiries

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  42. The digital experts who turned around inspired the creation of the U.S. Digital Service, according to a White House blog post by OMB's Beth Cobert, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. Mike Morones

    White House unveils Digital Service team to improve agency websites

    The turnaround of by a team of digital experts inspired the creation of the U.S. Digital Service.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  43. Manufacturers, including Motorola, Silent Circle and Boeing, are making high-security phones such as Silent Circle's Blackphone, left, and Motorola Solutions AME 2000, bottom, with encrypted voice and text capabilities, and tamper-proof cases. Motorola

    Mobile devices go under the radar

    The rise in options for ultra-secure mobility is a boon for certain government needs.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  44. Jack Wilmer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Enterprise Services, Defense Information Systems Agency, speaks during the Federal Innovation Summit 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DISA grows into cybersecurity role

    Big Data and analytics help fight threats.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  45. The Recovery Board handles massive amounts of data to provide transparency in the distribution of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Hurricane Sandy funds. Extracting useful information from that data is vital. City of Freemont

    Steps to make Big Data relevant

    A guide to turning a mountain of raw data into useful information.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  46. Nitin Pradhan is the former CIO of the US Department of Transportation and the Managing Partner of GOVonomy. Courtesy Photo

    For innovators only: HD cloud desktop video conferencing

    Cloud and security advances have made the technology a better option for feds.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  47. Robert Gates, Principal at RiceHadleyGates and former defense secretary, speaks during the Federal Innovation Summit 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    To make IT progress, challenge the conventional wisdom

    Bureaucratic norms restrain real reform, says former defense secretary.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  48. Jay Wieriman Courtesy Photo

    The dangers of arbitrary targets

    The scandal at the Veterans Administration hospitals is serious. After reading the VA's yearly performance overview, it became clear that the VA is a big believer in targets.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  49. Dave Gwyn Courtesy Photo

    Data-center consolidation: Think like the best

    Data-center consolidation continues to be a hot topic and with good reason. Recent estimates indicate that the federal government is far from reaching its goal to close or consolidate 40 percent of data centers by 2015.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  50. Editorial: Cyber threats call for a culture change

    Recent headlines remind us we have a long way to go in protecting sensitive data.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
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