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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April 12, 2016

Bloomberg Host Webinar with Administrator Anne Rung, OFPP

Bloomberg Just Host Webinar with Administrator Anne Rung, OFPP Bloomberg Government April 7 2016 CLICK HERE TO VIEW RECORDED WEBINAR Administrator Anne Rung wants to change how you do federal purchasing. Today, Office of Federal Procurement Policy purchases and pricing are managed individually across thousands of procurement units. Rung’s vision? Manage entire categories of purchases collaboratively, cohesively and in sync …

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April 7, 2016

Energy Department Announces Funding to Train Engineers, Provide Energy Assessments for Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturers

Department of Energy April 6, 2016 – 3:34pm The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills. The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) program …

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April 7, 2016

The Electronic Payment System: An Assessment of Benefits for the US and State Economies

By The Perryman Group An easy to use, efficient method of purchasing goods and services is essential to a well- functioning economy. Payment methods have evolved throughout human history, from barter to primitive forms of money, to full-bodied coins and precious metals, to bank notes, to national fiat currency and checks. Each advance has brought with it more economic efficiency, …

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March 21, 2016

Executive Q&A with Tonya M. Saunders of Mid-Tier Advocacy

Joyce Bosc, Boscobel Marketing and Communications Mid-Tier Advocacy’s (MTA) annual briefing on Capitol Hill is just around the corner on March 23, with a focus on “Determining the Size of Business Within the FederalIndustrial Base.” Our Executive Q&A is with the founder and director of MTA, Tonya M. Saunders – a strong advocate of the middle market for more than …

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March 21, 2016

GSA Awards Billion-Dollar Contracts for Mid-Atlantic Facilities

Carten Cordell, Federal Times 4:11 p.m. EST March 10, 2016 The General Services Administration awarded 33 new Building Maintenance and Operations contracts with $15 billion ceilings Thursday. The contracts, which have a five-year base with an option for another five years, will provide various building maintenance services for facilities in the agency’s designated Zone 1 region. “From HVAC maintenance to …

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March 21, 2016

GSA Launches Contract Database for Small Businesses

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:41 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016 The General Services Administration wants small businesses to get more federal contracts and just launched a new online database to help them find good opportunities. The new Forecast of Contracting Opportunities database went live on March 15, part of the Office of Small Business Utilization’s efforts to give small businesses …

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March 21, 2016

Agile Framework Speeds Up VA IT

Michael Hardy, Federal Times 2:11 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department is counting on an agile development framework to aid in needed IT improvements, according to CIO LaVerne Council. The framework is called the Veteran-focused Integration Process, or VIP, and Council cited it as one of the significant measures VA is implementing to improve its Federal IT …

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March 14, 2016

VA Awards 21 Spots on $22B IT Contract

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:27 p.m. EST March 11, 2016 The Department of Veterans Affairs announced 21 awards on its massive Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract for IT infrastructure, operations and cybersecurity services. The $22.3 billion contract vehicle is mainly designed to facilitate the MyVA transformation, a set of policies and programs intended to leverage technology to …

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March 14, 2016

Bill to Streamline Federal Hiring Clears the Senate, Heads to Obama

Carten Cordell, Federal Times 8:57 p.m. EST March 9, 2016 A bill to streamline the way the federal government hires its civil servants cleared the Senate on March 8 and is headed to the president’s desk. The Competitive Service Act of 2015, which aims to make it easier for agencies to find qualified applicants, unanimously made it out of the …

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March 14, 2016

DoD Opens Door to Commercial MilCloud

Amber Corrin, Federal Times 3:30 p.m. EST February 24, 2016 The Defense Information Systems Agency’s in-house, high-security suite of cloud services known as milCloud has, since its inception, remained an internal capability. But following the lead of other government agencies and even its own components, DISA now is opening the door to commercial providers for milCloud. The next iteration of …

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February 22, 2016

Why the NDAA is So Important to Small and Mid-Size Federal Contractors

By Tonya Saunders, Founder and Director of Mid-Tier Advocacy, Inc 501(c)3 On November 25, 2015 President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2016 fiscal year into law. The NDAA contains many new clauses that affect federal contractors and the Department of Defense (DoD). Among other things, the NDAA aims to increase the capability of small businesses …

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February 10, 2016

White House Released the President’s FY 2017 Budget.

Posted By the White House, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Today, the White House released the President’s FY 2017 Budget. It calls for the investments that not only make us stronger today, but also reflect the country we aspire to be — one with an economy that works for everybody.     Visit Links Below for Fact Sheets:  The President’s Budget: …

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February 8, 2016

GSA Opens Federal Acquisition Gateway for Public Access

Transparent Access to Site Allows Non-Federal Users to Explore Tools and Content Posted February 5th, 2016 for General Services Administration WASHINGTON — Today, in the spirit of data transparency, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) went live with a public view of the Acquisition Gateway, giving non-government users access to a subset of what is available to federal government employees. …

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February 4, 2016

Homeland Security Secretary: Cybersecurity Tool Einstein is Good and Getting Better

Homeland Security Secretary: Cybersecurity Tool Einstein is Good and Getting Better Aaron Boyd, Federal TImes 11:19 a.m. EST February 1, 2016 Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said cybersecurity is a top priority for the department — right alongside counterterrorism. So, after news outlets reported on a recent critical review from the Government Accountability Office, Johnson released a statement defending …

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February 4, 2016

SBA Considers Public Comments on Proposed Size Standard Increases to NAICS Codes 562910 and 541519

SBA Considers Public Comments on Proposed Size Standard Increases to NAICS Codes 562910 and 541519 BY JON WILLIAMS, PILIEROMAZZA As we previously reported, on September 10, 2014, the SBA released proposed increases to the small business standards for many industries that use employee-based size standards. The final rule is scheduled to be published on January 26, 2016; however, a pre-publication …

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February 3, 2016

The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation

The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation BY KATIE FLOOD, PILIEROMAZZA On the heels of a GAO report calling for more leadership attention to be paid to SBA’s “management challenges,” a number of bills have been referred to the House Small Business Committee since the new year started, calling for more SBA reform and oversight. …

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February 3, 2016

Obama Commits $1.4B for New FBI Headquarters Construction

Obama Commits $1.4B for New FBI Headquarters Construction Carten Cordell, Senior Writer 3:49 p.m. EST January 22, 2016 The Obama administration is keen on making sure the FBI gets construction of its new headquarters underway in fiscal 2017, committing $1.4 billion for construction in the 2017 budget, which will be released on Feb. 9. The General Services Administration issued Phase …

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February 3, 2016

New Federal Office Will Take the Lead on Background Checks

New federal office will take the lead on background checks Carten Cordell, Senior Writer 2:15 p.m. EST January 24, 2016 The Obama administration plans a new office to handle background checks for federal security clearances, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The National Background Investigations Bureau will operate under OPM and absorb the Federal Investigative Service, which had previously …

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