Policy


News and notes from day 2 at FOSE

Highlights from the second day of the FOSE conference.

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Cobert tees up IT management plans

OMB advocates are finding ways to make IT procurement more agile as they seek broader systemic reforms.

Stewart Liff

How to inspire government employees

Dealing with problem employees head-on can go a long way toward improving performance and morale.

Will shared services disrupt competition?

As the government moves forward with a policy to promote the use of federal shared-service providers for financial management, industry leaders wonder what will happen to the marketplace.

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Justice reassures ISPs on information-sharing

A DOJ white paper asserts that federal law does not preclude companies from providing aggregate data -- if that data contains no specific, detailed information on customers.

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Study: Pentagon needs strategic approach to UAVs

A Center for Strategic and International Studies report notes decreased R&D spending at the same time several other countries are gearing up their own drone programs.

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Data breaches are getting more expensive

A study by the Ponemon Institute and IBM found the cost per compromised record rose 7 percent in the past year.

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Defense authorization bill boosts cybersecurity

A House panel’s version of the annual defense policy measure would authorize increased cyber funding and require the administration to report back to Congress on a range of IT-related issues.

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Senate appropriators signal support for IT reform

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said there is room for "policy and discussions" around expanded agency CIO authorities, but expressed concern that legislation might fail to take into account unforeseen future circumstances.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) at a July 2012 joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee for Veterans Affairs (DOD Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

Q&A with Rep. Mac Thornberry

The Texas Republican tasked with overhauling DOD acquisition talked with FCW about his concerns and priorities.

Roger Waldron

Industry group challenges GSA's telecom services strategy

Some requirements in the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions RFI could "unduly restrict competition," argues the Coalition for Government Procurement's Roger Waldron.

OMB offers advice for fiscal 2016

The White House wants agencies to look for ways to cut discretionary spending, in part to pay for the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative the president unveiled in March.