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  1. Robert Gates, Principal at RiceHadleyGates and former Secretary of Defense, delivers the keynote address at the Federal Innovation Summit 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Gates: Agencies must break bad habits to modernize IT systems

    'Sclerotic' contracting system and hidebound leaders lead to failure.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. A U.S. Marine stands guard outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. DoD

    AT&T tasked to upgrade embassy, consulate telephony

    Task order covers 290 facilities worldwide

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  3. Nitin Pradhan is the former award winning CIO of the US Department of Transportation and the Managing Partner of GOVonomy, a strategic technology sourcing and Public Private Innovations Initiative for the US public sector. Readers can connect with him on LinkedIn. Courtesy Photo

    IT success: Just what defines it?

    Before you declare a project to be a win, understand what you mean by that.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  4. President Obama has issued an executive order forbidding discrimination against GLBT contractor employees. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Obama signs order banning discrimination of LGBT contractors

    The executive action came after a bill that had a similar goal stalled in the House.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  5. A full scale model of the space shuttle is backed into a temporary holding area on December 11, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. NASA is building a new headquarters at Kennedy as part of a consolidation project. BRUCE WEAVER / AFP/Getty Images

    NASA readies headquarters construction at Kennedy

    A new building at the Florida space center is the centerpiece of a campus consolidation.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  6. Howard Risher is a consultant and writer on federal pay and performance issues. He was the managing consultant for the studies leading to the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and is the author of 'Planning Wage and Salary Programs.'

    What's right with the GS system? (Not much)

    Witnesses at a hearing damn the system with faint praise.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  7. John Streufert, Director of Federal Network Resilience at DHS, said some agencies are further along than others in adoptiong CDM. Mike Morones/Staff

    DHS outlines new CDM task order agenda

    The Department of Homeland Security, aided by the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, has released the first request for quotation for Task Order 2 of its $6 billion Continuous Diagnosis and Mitigation init

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  8. Some civilian Air Force employees around Washington D.C. have the option to take a buyout, as part of an effort to trim the ranks. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remington / Relea

    Air Force offering buyouts to HQ employees

    Move is part of an effort to trim headquarters staff

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  9. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    What's next for acquisition?

    Adotping common standards could make a difference

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  10. DoD cyber exercise builds on National Guard's lead

    DHS, FBI take part in test drive of operational capabilities

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  11. Soldiers in combat need, and soon will have, faster mobile communications capabilities. Army

    Army rolling 4G out to theater

    WIN-T responsible for fielding the new equipment that will enable high-speed wireless.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  12. COL Patrick Burden will be leaving his post as General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager. Rob Curtis/Staff / Military Times

    Army gets new GFEBS manager

    COL Patrick Burden reassigned to a new PEO position

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  13. Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know why DHS awarded a contract to a company accused of fraud involving security clearance investigations. Rob Curtis/Staff / Federal Times

    Lawmakers knock DHS for contract with company accused of fraud

    USIS gets new contract despite ongoing litigation with the Justice Department

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  14. Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President and Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. Previously, he served in government at the Department of Homeland Security as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate. Follow him @ChuckDBrooks on Twitter and on Linkedin at http://www.linkedin.com/in/chuckbrooks File

    DHS: A decade (and more) of competing congressional oversight

    Since 2003, the number of congressional committees DHS reports to has grown.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  15. Bringing the cloud to data that cannot be moved

    Micro-Cloud can help manage data that for reasons of law, security or sheer scale cannot be relocated.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  16. GSA's maintenance and operations solution prepares to open

    A notice to proceed started the clock on a 30-day window for vendors to provide pricing

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  17. 543rd ISR Group airmen negotiate competitive field training exercise at Medina Annex at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Air Force

    Air Force ISR agency to become numbered Air Force

    Maj. Gen. John Shanahan will remain in charge of the Texas-based unit as three new wings join.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  18. Dr. Ronald Sanders is a vice-president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Colin Kelly / Gannett Government Media Co.

    Civil service reform: Start with IT/cyber

    A few months ago, the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton published a comprehensive, framework for a 21st century civil service system, and while it generated some media interest and even a congressional hearing, it's largely faded into

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  19. A sailor assigned to the Center for Information Dominance Learning Site, San Diego, discusses domain name server functions with students at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego. Rick Naystatt / US Navy

    Senate bill proposes $61.6M in cuts to Pentagon IT programs

    US senators want to slash the Pentagon's information technology (IT) spending plan by tens of millions, calling on the military to trim duplicative programs.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  20. The House and Senate are taking opposite views of appropriate funding for the IRS in 2015. JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images

    House doubles down on IRS budget cuts

    After a panel passed a bill that would cut the IRS budget, the full House has slashed it even more

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  21. Steve Watkins, editor of Federal Times. Alan Lessig / Federal Times

    Federal Times wins six Azbee awards

    Federal Times has won five Gold Azbee awards and one Silver Azbee award for journalism excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  22. Survey: Agencies could save billions by simplifying networks

    A majority of respondents believe that complexity hampers ability to implement new technologies or services.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  23. Chilling new details on cold-storage smallpox

    Just hours after members of Congress grilled the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about his agency's mistakes with anthrax and bird flu, another federal health agency provided an update on its mistakes with vials of deadly smallp

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  24. DISA has closed a computing center in Alabama as part of an ongoing plan to centralize IT operations. tompics / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    DISA shutters Alabama DECC

    Huntsville data center closure projected to save $4.2 million per year

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  25. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., says the Pentagon needs to migrate its overseas contingency operations budget into its base spending accounts. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    DoD urged to put war money in base budget

    Lawmaker says the move would provide continuity to budget process.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  26. Deborah Lee James

    Air Force reorg to cut thousands of jobs

    A new command for surveillance is planned, while positions are on the chopping block

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  27. $7B RMADA contract awarded by HHS

    Covering technical services, the contract goes to 15 bidders.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  28. Tom Suder is president and founder of technology firm Mobilegov and president of the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.

    ATF: A case study in smart mobile advance

    CIO Rick Holgate is leading a truly forward-thinking effort

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  29. Rep. Blake Farenthold is one of several lawmakers pushing to reform the GS system. Mike Morones/Federal Times

    Lawmakers and agencies agree: GS system needs reform

    Congressional committee pushes effort to overhaul federal employement

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  30. Virtualization could make buying and implementing complex technology much easier in situations where IT department employees are not on hand for fast help. USDA

    Acquisition ease boosts virtualization's appeal

    Virtualization brings with it many advantages, and some challenges. One of the key advantages that is often overlooked is ease of acquisition.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  31. Rep. Darrell Issa supported a change to the TSP. TIM SLOAN / AFP/Getty Images

    House passes bills to change TSP default fund, extend whistleblower protections

    Federal workers who do not choose a fund for their Thrift Savings Plan contributions will be placed into a mixture of investments based on age

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  32. A renovated building at DHS headquarters on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus that will house the Coast Guard historical office. A 2015 budget bill would contain no funding to contnue the St. Elizabeth's project. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Proposed GSA construction budget shrinks in 2015

    The General Services Administration would receive hundreds of millions of dollars to build new buildings in fiscal 2015, but less than it received last year, under legislation passed by the House July 10.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  33. Anne Rung Courtesy Photo

    Former GSA official to be nominated administration's procurement chief

    Anne Rung, now with OMB, is primed to advance.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  34. Pay freezes accelerate GS 'grade creep'

    Managers feel pressure to promote employees who are otherwise cut off from pay raises.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  35. Sen. Tom Carper points to recent hacking incident as a sign of the urgent need to update laws. James J. Lee / Army Times

    OPM hacking attack exposes weaknesses in cyber defense

    As investigators probe a March cyber attack on sensitive federal personnel databases, some experts and policy makers are calling for more clarity over who is responsible for protecting federal networks from cyber threats.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  36. Federal travel spending may be nearing a plateau. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    Government travel spending plateaus after years of cuts

    Agencies find alternatives to sending employees around the world.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  37. Editorial: A cautionary tale

    One of the most spectacular and costly failures of federal procurement in recent years was the Air Force's failed Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS).

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  38. The budget situation is making DoD's daunting acquisition problems even harder to solve, says Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. Staff

    Workforce still tops list of DoD acquisition reform woes

    Myriad problems exacerbate each other, officials testify.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  39. Lawmakers hope to get VA reform bill back on track

    Now that the price tag for the Veterans Affairs Department reform bill has been slashed by about $120 billion over three years, lawmakers are hopeful the legislation can move ahead quickly.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  40. Shaun Donovan was confirmed by the Senate as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget July 10. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Senate confirms Donovan as new OMB chief

    The Senate voted 75 to 22 to confirm former Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget July 10.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  41. Patent IG alleges high-level nepotism attempt

    Trademarks commissioner allegedly pressured agency officials to hire an acquaintance.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  42. David Wennergren is the senior vice president of technology policy at the Professional Services Council and a former assistant deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department.

    PSC's reorganization addresses today's technology and service needs

    The pace of change in the technology marketplace is relentless. Every day, new technologies, approaches and applications are introduced that will change the way we live, work and play.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  43. Jay Killackey is the executive vice president of the National Association of Postal Supervisors.

    Will Congress deliver postal reform?

    Our leaders in Congress continue to delay in providing the Postal Service with the reforms it needs to return to financial prosperity and thrive in the digital age. Instead, the Postal Service continues to plunge deeper into debt.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  44. Beth Cobert is the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget Staff

    Congress: Eliminate outdated, duplicative reports

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog post first appeared at whitehouse.gov. Every year, Congress requires federal agencies to produce thousands of written reports and plans on far ranging topics.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  45. Report: Chinese hacked federal employee files

    Chinese hackers broke into the federal Office of Personnel Management computer system in March, apparently targeting tens of thousands of employees who applied for top-security clearance, The New York Times is reporting.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  46. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. called the Air Force handling of the ECSS contract 'the most egregious example of mismanagement at the Department of Defense in recent memory' Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Senate report blasts Air Force for $1.2B logistics system failure

    A Senate report lambastes the Air Force for poorly managing the acquisition of a logistics management system the service canceled after spending $1.2 billion.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  47. Mary Davie is assistant commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service.

    Cloud's next step on Schedule 70

    GSA seeks to make cloud 'easy to find, easy to buy'

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  48. Wolf

    Lawmakers demand final phased retirement rules

    OPM accused of contributing to a 5-month delay in issuance of rule.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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