Policy


President Obama in the Oval Office (White House Photo)

Obama talks IT procurement

The HeathCare.gov debacle makes clear the importance of smart acquisition practices.

Lisa Kazor

A world without competition

OMB's guidance for financial systems shortchanges commercial providers -- and could deny agencies a full range of choices.

data door

Shutdown delays open data deadlines, raises API questions

VanRoekel, Energy Department's Bectel say data feeds should be deemed essential.

illustration dollar sign in vise

Procurement officials explain new normal to contractors

'Adult conversations' needed to make some see budget realities of the next few years.

pen and contract

ELC attendees split on FITARA

Whether the latest proposed acquisition reform bill is a boon or bane depends on whom you ask.

cloud concept with man in suit

IBM steps back from CIA deal

With IBM's withdrawal of its request for an injunction, its battle with AWS might be at an end.

open eye and data

CDM contracts could open door to more efficient security monitoring

Continuous diagnostics and mitigation changes the government's approach to cybersecurity.

data abstract

Feds should formalize architecture, chief architect says

Every agency has an enterprise architecture, and Scott Bernard believes some attention to those strategic plans could improve the government's ability to share services between agencies.

horse and buggy

HealthCare.gov becomes example for procurement criticism

'Horse and buggy-era' funding cited as part of the problem in federal acquisition.

Zients promises big improvements by Thanksgiving

"Let me be clear: Healthcare.gov is fixable," administration's point man for the fixes declares.

government industry dialog

Contractors warn against another shutdown

Industry group says uncertainty could drive some firms out of the federal space entirely.

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GSA to update IT procurement web portal

Agency seeks better tools for site supporting Networx, WITS 3 and Connections II.