Policy


Mary Davie, GSA

GSA sees common cause with SEWP, NITAAC

There is inherent tension among the various IT sources for federal buyers, but GSA's Mary Davie says there is plenty of business to go around.

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GSA agile RFP expected this week

The goal of the proposed blanket purchase agreement would be to decrease software acquisition cycles to less than four weeks.

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Rethinking acquisition: Addressing the tectonic shift in telecom services

The General Services Administration is working hard to adapt to changing communications needs. Just don't call it a contract.

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The urgency behind DOD's acquisition reform efforts

Better Buying Power 3.0 has a geostrategic urgency and emphasis on cybersecurity that was missing from earlier iterations.

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Focus on EIS transition pushes regional telecom contracts aside

GSA decides to cancel three "bridge" contracts, and says the EIS RFP will slip to September.

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We're paying contractors how much?

GSA's 18F has a new tool aimed at saving money on a huge part of any contract's expense: people.

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NARA preps for new info control rules

The government has let "a thousand flowers bloom" with regard to marking sensitive information, but that is about to change.

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IT lobby optimistic about defense bill

Some acquisition provisions in the defense authorization measure have pleased the IT Industry Council’s public sector arm.

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IRS breach highlights weakness of ‘knowledge-based’ security

By answering personal questions, hackers were able to access information for 100,000 taxpayers, revealing how vulnerable the IRS authentication system really is.

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New email records policy takes shape

A presidential directive requires agencies to manage email records in electronic form by the end of 2016, and the National Archives' plan to hit the goal is almost in final form.

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Procurement prize, NARA guidance, IRS system hacked and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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BLS on CPI: I'm old fashioned, but I don't mind it

One of economics' most important numbers depends on data collected by hand – data that's largely already online, posted freely by merchants and their customers.