Policy


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GSA making data more readily available

A new architecture will allow third-party providers to create apps aimed at various industry segments that use the agency's procurement information.

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VA still mum on IT security questions

When given the opportunity at a private briefing to respond to assessments and criticisms of the department's IT security posture, VA officials declined to comment.

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Trade groups seek relief from China-sourcing rules

A coalition of industry groups is asking lawmakers to keep supply-chain restrictions out of upcoming funding bills.

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FITARA axed from defense bill

A revised version of the Pentagon policy bill could be considered in the House this week, but IT acquisition reform will have to wait until at least 2014.

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Budget deal would avert threat of January shutdown

The final deal calls for $1 trillion in spending for fiscal 2014, reduces sequestration cuts, adds money for defense and domestic programs, and requires newly hired federal employees to contribute more to their retirement plans.

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Sebelius orders probe of website contracting

The HHS secretary is also calling for the creation of a chief risk officer position at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tasked with reducing risks associated with major policy initiatives.

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Experts debate value of reverse auctions

Addressing fees and the need for oversight and guidelines would help avoid what one lawmaker called the trap of 'making it up as we go along.'

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Report: Sequester cuts worse the second time around

A new report from the Center for American Progress warns about the impact of the next round of sequester cuts on federal programs, including IT.

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Obama wants agencies to push the Green Button

GSA, DOE and EPA are tasked with launching a pilot energy data exchange program at federal facilities within 120 days.

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Leading tech firms seek stronger surveillance rules

Open letter urges Congress and the president to ensure U.S. surveillance efforts are "restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight."

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GAO: Take account of reverse-auction growth

GAO recommends issuing governmentwide guidance aimed at helping agencies maximize competition and savings when using reverse auctions.

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White House unveils new open-government goals

The plan is a grab bag of existing transparency initiatives and a preview of policies due out next year.