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Alan Thomas Commissioner Federal Acquisition Service GSA

Modernization begins at home, says new FAS chief

IT modernization is not only key for federal agencies, but to GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.

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Army IT official sentenced in bribery scheme

Ranier Ramos, formerly of the U.S. Army Public Health Command, will serve a year in federal prison and pay millions in penalties and restitution.

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GSA wants feedback on cloud contract language

A recent RFI seeks examples of effective and problematic contract language as well as suggestions on how to incorporate cloud services into different contract vehicles for direct solicitations, resellers and system integrators.

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A user's guide to IT modernization

There are new big plans for federal IT modernization, but the old pitfalls remain.

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IT funding bill survives NDAA conference

The $700 billion defense bill now poised for final passage includes provisions to modernize agency IT through revolving funds and allow for for easy, off-the-shelf Pentagon procurement.

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Where should agencies look for innovation?

John Kammerer, NSA's technical director of high performance computing solutions, wants the federal government to pay more attention to startups.

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Why GAO nixed the Census mobile deal

Census made several key slipups in its decision to award a $283 million mobile device contract for the 2020 population count, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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Procurement priorities take cues from commercial space

Acquisition policy is focusing on more transparent, innovative buying methods that take cues from commercial markets.

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Air traffic control reform hits turbulence in Congress

Congress still faces the decision whether to privatize air traffic control responsibilities and the jobs of 30,000 federal employees.

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Ryan, Murray team up on evidence-based policy bill

The House speaker and Democratic senator have introduced legislation to help measure government efficiency based on their commission’s findings.

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PSC: Fed IT spend is flat, but MGT is the wild card

Pending modernization legislation could make a big difference in federal IT spending, according to a new trade association study and federal officials.

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Automation is the secret to modernization

How applying automation technology can speed agencies' modernization of outdated systems.

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