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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