Policy


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GSA looks to the next generation of telecom contracting

Mary Davie of the Office of Integrated Technology Services says the agency is prepping for a more complex and competitive future.

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Agency tech initiatives leaving money on the table

A MeriTalk study says another $19.7 billion could be saved through consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing, remote access and infrastructure diversification.

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White House expands data protections to non-citizens

The change comes out of the 90-day review of federal privacy rules as they relate to big data.

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House rejects attempt to revive OTA

The Office of Technology Assessment has been unfunded for the better part of 20 years.

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House seeks details on VA's health record push

Three-fourths of agency's IT funding would be contingent on Congress getting a granular explanation of the plan for VistA.

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Pentagon ponders making IT subject to same rules as weapons

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall and Sen. Joe Donnelly used an Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss the possibility of using the same cost guidelines for IT and weapons systems.

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Coping with Congress

Lawmakers have given agencies long-term funding clarity for the first time in years. But the lack of budget drama could open the door to other conflicts.

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Storehouse of procurement numbers could aid Data Act implementation

Information gathered as part of the reverse auction process could provide the type of granular data that's hard to come by.

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Tech council blasts IT acquisition report

GSA's product- and service-centric approach ignores how those products and services would be used, argues the Information Technology Industry Council.

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Science council approves big-data privacy report

“Technology alone can't reduce privacy risks,” says computer science professor Susan Graham, one of the authors of a White House report on big data. “There has to be policy as well.”

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EPA and Congress clash over regulatory authority

For Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, getting to know Capitol Hill has not been a pleasant experience.

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Industry stresses flexibility on cyber acquisition rules

The Telecommunications Industry Association also told GSA that federal workforce training is crucial to bolstering cybersecurity in the acquisition process.

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