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  1. Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies Kathy Conrad (center), FedRAMP Director Matthew Goodrich (center-right) and Information Systems Security Manager Claudio Belloli (right) talk with reporters ahead of releasing 'FedRAMP Forward.' Aaron Boyd/Staff

    'FedRAMP Forward' plans next two years of cloud authorization

    Timeline lays out improvements to be phased in over next 24 months.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  2. The General Services Administration wants to know what metrics to use in assessing vendors' ability to deliver on information security and integrity. Staff

    GSA developing vendor IT security assessments

    RFI asks industry for advice on how government should rate companies for information security.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  3. Federal Acquisition Services Commissioner Tom Sharpe said GSA hopes to get information on making payment cards more cost effective and secure. Alan Lessig/Staff

    GSA: What's new in payment cards?

    Agency asks industry for best practices on cards while developing SmartPay 3 RFP.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  4. Acting DoD Principal Deputy CIO David De Vries said the department is on track with its cloud acquisition and is not missing out on any of the benefits cloud services offer. DoD image

    IG: DoD failed to execute cloud policy

    Report criticizes DoD for not getting the most out of its cloud acquisitions.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  5. GSA is asking industry if it can deliver on advanced technologies like 3D printing. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    Alliant II managers ask industry for leading-edge tech experience

    Survey queries companies on their expertise in 18 specific technologies, including big data, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  6. Anne Rung, the director of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has said her top priority is to simplify government contracting and increase innovation. Alan Lessig

    Administration releases guidance to transform procurement methods, strengthen workforce

    Agencies will need to revamp their procurement methods, strengthen their acquisition workforces and build stronger vendor relationships under guidance released Dec. 4.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  7. GSA VETS offers agencies IT products and services from small businesses owned by veterans. Robert Turtil/ / Veterans Affairs Department

    Success of VETS GWAC spurs development of VETS II

    Declining sales won't prevent a second generation of the contract vehicle for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  8. The Defense Department's new cloud strategy, charting a course now that DISA is no longer the cloud broker, has been delayed. Army

    New DoD cloud policy delayed to early December

    Policy will speed cloud procurement while clarifying the roles of DISA and Office of the CIO.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  9. The Department of Veteran Affairs issued a RFI for a commercial off-the-shelf scheduling system to integrate with the existing VistA system. fotoedu / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    VA issues RFI for commercial scheduling system

    Department looking to replace system that left veterans waiting for needed care.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  10. GSA is looking for feedback on draft terms and conditions for an independent cloud SIN on IT Schedule 70. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

    Draft terms released for cloud SIN

    GSA wants comments on how best to create a distinct spot on IT Schedule 70 for cloud offerings.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  11. Goodrich

    Microsoft 365 first cloud email to gain FedRAMP approval

    With ATO, partner InfoReliance will start migrating Health and Human Services' email to the cloud.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  12. Developing a category system for acquisition is a 'work in progress,' Office of Federal Procurement Policy Deputy Administrator Lesley Field said. Staff

    GSA adopts agile acquisition for government marketplace

    The multi-agency effort will reduce duplication, enhance savings, officials promise.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  13. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the non-disclosure agreements that contractor KBR makes its employees sign could chill whistleblowing activities. Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers say KBR non-disclosure agreements stop whistle blowers

    A non-disclosure agreement that contractor KBR has made its employees sign might violate whistleblower protection and false claims laws and prevent its employees from reporting wrongdoing, a group of lawmakers wrote in letter Nov. 20.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  14. The Defense Health Agency aims to save $3.5 billion on pharmaceutical expenses by fiscal 2024 by streamlining logistics and managing the cost of medications. Nick Wilson/ / Air Force

    Defense agencies hope logistics can lower pharmaceutical costs

    A data-driven supply chain enables accurate ordering on a large scale.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  15. It's time to look at how the GSA uses Multiple Awards Schedules, said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Big changes may be awaiting GSA's schedules program

    Officials plan to rethnk the role of the program in today's procurement environment.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  16. Longtime defense acquisition critic Sen. John McCain is widely considered to be the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sean Gardner/ / Getty Images

    Republican Senate takeover could pave way for Defense acquisition reform

    The shakeup of key committees changes the legislative landscape.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  17.  Alan Lessig/Staff

    Anne Rung: Simplifying contracting is job one

    Duplication and ineffeciency still plague the procurement system. OFPP's new leader wants to change that.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
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