May 16, 2016

Beware What You Post: Federal Employees May Face Government Scrutiny on Social Media

Eric Yoder May 12, 2016 Washington Post Federal employees may want to be more prudent when posting to social media and more selective about selfies, as the government eyes their online activities to gauge their trustworthiness. Two subcommittees of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing Friday on whether scrutinizing their social media accounts should become …

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May 16, 2016

Implementing Contracting Best Practices: The Challenge Ahead

Michael P. Fischetti, National Contract Management Association 2:06 p.m. EDT April 21, 2016 Federal Times As the current administration heads to the finish line, political appointees are focusing on leaving a legacy in concrete accomplishments from their agendas. But what can the acquisition community expect for the remainder of this presidential term? We know that acquisition change will semi-repeat through …

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May 10, 2016

DHS Pitches Silicon Valley: Innovate with Us

Salvador Rodriguez, Special to Federal Times 3:50 p.m. EDT May 3, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security wants Silicon Valley’s help defending the nation from cyber threats and issued the first call for help: securing the Internet of Things. Using the more flexible Other Transaction Solicitation funding method, DHS released the first request for proposals in its Silicon Valley Office …

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May 10, 2016

New DHA Mandate Routes All IT Buys Through GSA

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 4:47 p.m. EDT May 2, 2016 Going forward, the Defense Health Agency will contract for its health IT needs solely through the General Services Administration, according to a DHA memo dated April 25. The memo — signed by DHA Component Acquisition Executive Michael O’Bar — requires health agency procurement officers use GSA governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) …

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May 10, 2016

GSA Stakes Claim on Tech Innovation with New Business Line

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 2:44 p.m. EDT May 3, 2016 The General Services Administration is known as the government’s landlord — currently managed under the Public Buildings Service — and the government’s buyer — through the Federal Acquisition Service. Now, GSA is staking its claim as the government’s technology innovation center with the creation of a new business line: the …

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May 6, 2016

2017 NDAA Markup Makes Subcontract Plan Compliance Failure a “Material Breach”

Paul Murphy, Senior Data Analyst at Bloomberg Government April 29, 2016 Congress is finally getting serious about the woefully inadequate subcontract reporting contained in the federal government’s Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (ESRS). Section 1821 of the just-passed Chairman’s Mark of H.R. 4909, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contains a potentially game-changing procurement reform innocently called, “Good Faith in Subcontracting.” …

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April 15, 2016

Former Fed Gets 18 Months for Spear-Phishing Colleagues

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:41 p.m. EDT April 13, 2016 A former employee at the Energy Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in a spear-phishing campaign on his former colleagues with the ultimate goal of infecting federal networks and selling secrets to foreign governments. Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, pleaded guilty in …

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April 13, 2016

VA Looks for Help with Wholesale Move to Cloud

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:01 p.m. EDT April 11, 2016 An accompanying statement of objectives (SOO) explains that the current network infrastructure at VA is “siloed and project-based, focused on solving individual business problems and relying heavily on VA-specific acquisitions.” Using the ECS contract, officials hope to find a contracting “partner” that can help unify the IT acquisition process, leading …

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April 12, 2016

Draft Encryption Bill Puts Rule of Law Above Privacy Concerns

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 2:22 p.m. EDT April 8, 2016 A discussion draft leaked online of the first legislation to tackle the heated encryption debate that has pit law enforcement agencies seeking access against privacy and consumer advocates lobbying to maintain strong security. The leaning of the bill — put forward by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. …

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April 12, 2016

Hoyer to Propose Information Technology Modernization Fund

Michael Hardy, Federal Times 4:55 p.m. EDT April 8, 2016 Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will propose the creation of a White House Information Technology Modernization Fund when Congress returns to session. Hoyer described the fund as a means to modernize federal IT and strengthen cybersecurity. “The legislation I will be introducing when the House returns to session next week is …

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