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HHS Buyers Club cuts first contract, looks for more

More deals might have to wait until a new funding measure is enacted in the lame-duck session of Congress that starts next month.

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Could big-data analytics improve federal procurement?

Experts agree that applying analytics to acquisition could yield results in terms of cost and quality -- with the right data and know-how.

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Twitter's soft power

A former U.S. diplomat argues that social media is extending the range and influence of foreign leaders

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DHS to launch acquisition improvement project

The goal is to "improve acquisition in general, but also IT acquisition specifically," says Senior Enterprise Architect Nicole Willis.

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4 signs agencies are serious about agile

Federal IT executives have been talking about agile development for years, but the iterative approach is now being incorporated into contracting requirements.

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VA rips FedBid, questions value of reverse auctions

Department's IG highlights questions about reverse auctions in the wake of a critical report on VA procurement officer Susan Taylor.

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5 predictions for fiscal 2015

The Information Technology Industry Council's Trey Hodgkins offers his forecast for the coming year.

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TechAmerica questions GSA telecom effort

The tech industry group said GSA's announced plans for NS2020 are "out of synch" with its stated intention of overhauling telecom contracting.

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IG slams VA official, Palantir wins ICE contract and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Why large government IT projects fail

We need to end the 'conspiracy of hope' and embrace agile development as the best way to avoid fiascos on the scale of HealthCare.gov, writes Asynchrony's David Elfanbaum.

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Treasury, OMB chart path to Data Act implementation

While OMB is leading the development of data definition standards, Treasury is concentrating on data exchange standards.

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5 key IT bills still pending in Congress

Lawmakers continue to wrestle over issues related to cybersecurity, privacy and procurement reform.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Federal 100 awards. Get the details and submit your picks!