Workforce

Agencies can conduct background checks on contract employees, court rules

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the federal government is authorized to perform background checks of people who work under government contracts.

Workforce

New bill seeks federal workforce cuts, other spending reductions

Their bill would cut spending and reduce the size of the federal workforce by 15 percent.

Gates prepares more details on cuts to the defense budget

Defense Secretary Robert Gates reportedly will brief lawmakers Thursday with the latest update on his ambitious plans for cutting Pentagon spending.

Workforce

Federal IT employees face good prospects in commercial job market

Federal IT employees interested in moving to the private sector should have no problem finding a job, as long as they tailor their résumés to specific positions and keep pace with new technology developments.

Workforce

Sold to the lowest bidder: Reverse auctions play cost-savings role for agencies

Interest grows in reverse auctions as agencies look for efficiency and cost savings.

Acquisition

IT innovation might be at risk under new Congress, former Rep. Davis warns

Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) predicts that the new House GOP majority will be zealous in scrutinizing agency IT innovations for possible cuts.

Google sues Interior over cloud RFQ

Google and a cloud partner have sued the government alleging that an Interior Department RFQ unfairly excludes Google.

Acquisition

New DOD contracting rules put small businesses in harm's way

A crackdown on DOD contracting could deal a blow to small businesses, and the potential impact goes far beyond the viability of a few organizations.

Workforce

GSA seeks to upgrade its electronic travel service

The General Services Administration wants pioneering approaches to improve its E-Government Travel System, as the agency upgrades its travel management services.

Cybersecurity

Cyber risks place new demands on public/private partnership

Industry and government expect the new Cyber Command to set the agenda for needed improvements in public/private cybersecurity collaboration.

Acquisition

NIH wins approval for third CIOSP contract

OMB officials have approved the governmentwide contract after recognizing agencies' new duties because of the major overhaul of the health-care system.

How long will cloud's reality trail the hype?

True believers see it as the future. Detractors call for caution. But what do they both agree on?

Cybersecurity

TSA wants cyber forensics info

The Transportation Security Administration wants information on products it could use to deal with insider cyber threats, data leakage and misuse of IT assets.

Are Google Apps and Microsoft heading for a showdown?

Google Apps is poised to challenge Microsoft's share of the federal IT market.

Acquisition

VA publishes draft solicitation for upcoming 'T4' IT acquisition

The Veterans Affairs Department is preparing to request bids on its $12 billion Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology IT services acquisition in June.

Acquisition

Bursting the bubble for federal contractors

The $1 billion acquisition of Stanley by CGI Group of Montreal might be a harbinger of tough times ahead for federal contractors.

Treasury plans auctions for $2B services contract

Treasury Department officials are proposing that reverse auctions be used in awarding task orders under its $2 billion Total Information Processing Support Services contract.

Navy plans preferred contractor program

The Navy plans to offer favorable terms and conditions to companies in a new program in exchange for exemplary work, according to the service.

IT Modernization

New details emerge on GSA's plan to buy cloud services

GSA releases acquisition plan for e-mail and collaboration services that includes cloud computing.

Acquisition

HUD CIO seeks help with IT investment system

The Housing and Urban Development Department asks small-business contractors to bid on supporting HUD's IT Investment Management system.

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