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  • Veterans Affairs
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    House, Senate committees back $4.2B for IT at VA

    House and Senate appropriations panels approved funding measures that essentially match administration requests for the Office of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs. 04/13/2016

  • Acquisition
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    CIO Scott surprised by crisp pace of FITARA implementation

    With the majority of agency FITARA implementation plans approved and posted, the federal CIO said the process of reimagining federal IT management has gone more smoothly than expected. 04/13/2016

  • Opinion
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    Getting FITARA right

    It's been nearly 16 months since the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act was signed into law, but there's still much to do on the implementation front. 04/13/2016

  • Social Media
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    OPM wants to fold deep web, social media into background checks

    As a new security clearance agency develops, OPM's background checkers are seeking automated tools to review a variety of web-accessible information sources. 04/12/2016

  • Congress
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    Hurd warns against rigid IT budgeting

    Rep. Will Hurd told FCW that the notion that "if you don't spend it, you lose it [is] the wrong kind of incentive to have in purchasing IT goods and services." 04/12/2016

  • Contracting
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    Vendors are moving briskly in GSA's FASt Lane trial

    More than 40 companies have used GSA's new fast-track process to get a spot on the agency's massive multiple-award IT contract. 04/12/2016

  • Acquisition
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    DHS helps mobile firm move into GSA's Schedule 70 fast lane

    The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate helped a small mobile security company join GSA’s largest, most widely used acquisition vehicle in just 35 days. 04/11/2016

  • Opinion
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    White House misses big opportunity with open source push

    Limiting the impact of open source policy to a time- and scope-constrained pilot forgoes a unique and long-needed opportunity to modernize government, argues a leading open source advocate. 04/11/2016

  • Acquisition Matters
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    To buy better, government must know what it spends

    Agencies can put more money on mission by analyzing accounts payable data. The former leader of the U.K.'s Government Procurement Service explains what it takes. 04/11/2016

  • Modernization
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    White House offers details on $3.1B IT modernization plan

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will introduce legislation supporting an Obama administration plan to appropriate $3.1 billion for a capital fund to modernize outdated federal IT systems. 04/08/2016

  • 2016 Government Eagle Winner

    Mary Davie: GSA's great communicator

    Managing a workforce that oversees 7,000 contracts and $3.5 billion in federal spending, Mary Davie sits in the catbird seat of the government's vast IT acquisition operation. 04/08/2016

  • Congress
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    Senate Dem queries OMB over cyber acquisition

    Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked OMB to outline how it is leveraging several existing authorities for acquiring IT security technologies. 04/08/2016

  • Customer Service
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    Funding bought taxpayers better service

    After a previous year of hang-ups and frustration, taxpayers are getting better treatment from the IRS in 2016 as auditors man the customer service phone lines. 04/08/2016

  • Congress
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    Senators seek answers on TSA tech

    Lawmakers quizzed the head of DHS' Science and Technology Directorate on the proposed $469.9 million R&D budget. 04/07/2016

  • Workforce
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    Pentagon security clearances drop 20 percent in 3 years

    The sharp decline reflects a concerted effort by the Obama administration to tighten the background-check process. 04/06/2016

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