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Report: NASA makes a strong statement in contract dispute

In an unusual move, NASA has let an IT system authority to operate lapse as a means of calling attention to a problematic contract.

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GSA working for meaningful shared-services impact

The General Services Administration wants to sharpen its understanding of how agencies plan to use shared services.

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The IT leadership that agencies need

FITARA has raised the bar for what's expected of agency CIOs, and efforts are underway to make sure the government hires accordingly.

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Why agile is a state of mind

Developing more efficient and imaginative ways to craft agile IT contracts is about practical thinking, not contract type, says one expert.

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Priming the pump for innovation in the next administration

A new report offers a range of suggestions for encouraging and sustaining innovation in government.

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Census taps Mandiant for cyber assessment

The Census Bureau selected a vendor on a sole-source basis to assess its vulnerability -- and announced plans to hire a CISO.

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VA mulls commercial EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs is rounding up options for potential off-the-shelf health records software to replace its homegrown VistA product.

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How can leaders keep exiting feds on point during the transition?

Job satisfaction data could point the way to a smooth transition for incoming and remaining federal employees.

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Understanding the not-so-scary state of bid protests

Vendor protests of huge contract awards are probably inevitable, but a federal procurement expert says that’s always been the case.

White House releases open source policy

Federal CIO Tony Scott announced plans to make federal software code usable and sharable across agencies, and a pilot program to release some code to the public.

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Modular procurement and the dark side of the force

Agencies can't afford the risk that comes with IT Death Stars.

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Delays in Data Act standards could complicate compliance

A GAO report says the data transparency law holds considerable promise for ensuring that government money is well spent, but data schema and tools for agencies are not yet where they need to be.