Three-fourths of agency's IT funding would be contingent on Congress getting a granular explanation of the plan for VistA.
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.
Information gathered as part of the reverse auction process could provide the type of granular data that's hard to come by.
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.
GSA's product- and service-centric approach ignores how those products and services would be used, argues the Information Technology Industry Council.
“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.”
For Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, getting to know Capitol Hill has not been a pleasant experience.
The Telecommunications Industry Association also told GSA that federal workforce training is crucial to bolstering cybersecurity in the acquisition process.
The nonbinding rules are aimed at reducing vulnerabilities in the power sector's procurement process.
Key backers say they will hold OMB's "feet to the fire" to ensure the agency lives up to the measure's requirements.
Under current law, the VA runs its own Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program, and the SBA handles those duties for all other agencies.
Federal IT is difficult enough without viewing agencies and industry as zero-sum adversaries, writes FCW's Troy K. Schneider.