Policy


Steve VanRoekel 102012

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.

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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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Improving IT security by implementing better governance

As agency executives look to implement and reinforce cybersecurity as part of their overall IT and programmatic priorities, an important OMB policy and industry implementation framework can provide context and support by enabling sound IT governance.

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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.

Frank Kendall

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.