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Acquisition in the crosshairs amid DOD restructuring

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Acquisition in the crosshairs amid DOD restructuring

Via fcw.com by Amber Corrin

The Defense Department is facing significant challenges and changes in the coming months and years, and with a mandate to streamline and cut spending, acquisition is emerging as a critical area. DOD officials expect to see big changes in acquisition, whether they involve reforming how the military buys its weapons, IT, services and other goods; improving the workforce in charge of purchasing; or handing off certain responsibilities.

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

Via publicspendforum.org by Jonathan Messinger

In a good example of shared services, more and more agencies are choosing to use other federal agencies’ private clouds instead of building their own or relying on a commercial provider to host. The Agriculture Department’s National IT Center (NITC) became the first federal cloud provider to be certified last summer and today, NITC’s cloud customers include nearly every USDA agency and office, plus a growing list of federal agencies, including the Homeland Security and Labor departments, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. The Defense Department has also used the NITC cloud for several one-off applications.

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

Despite that, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo. ), chairman of the Small Business Committee, believes it’s time to raise the goal. Graves plans to introduce legislation today to increase the percentage of contracts that are mandated to go to small firms to 25 percent, which equates to about $10 billion more a year for these companies.

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Unleashing a Community of Innovators

Unleashing a Community of Innovators

Via GOVERNING by [u’Steve Goldsmith’]

Government-sponsored challenge competitions save money and harness the public’s ingenuity to solve difficult problems. How can government procure innovation? Even better, how can government get innovation given to it? Challenge platforms such as the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Challenge.gov demonstrate a new way for governments at all levels to procure innovative products, services and ideas and build pipelines to deliver these innovations constantly.

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In search of a bolder procurement process

In search of a bolder procurement process

Via fcw.com by []

A group of West Coast analysts and public officials want to change the slow, cautious federal IT procurement process by casting a wider net for faster, bolder ideas among technology companies and others that aren’t necessarily steeped in the government’s culture.

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How FedRAMP Lifts All Cloud Ships

wpid-curata__J15TQT28FWIfBE1.pngVia InformationWeek by Wyatt Kash

If you spend any time listening to what government IT executives are talking about in Washington these days — besides the NSA’s data-collection practices and what everyone should have learned from HealthCare.gov — it’s hard to ignore at least some discussion about secure cloud computing and a federal program called FedRAMP.

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12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

In the rush to the cloud over the last three years, most agencies have tempered their desires and excitement because of security concerns. Agency chief information officers have struggled to satisfactorily answer a number of questions regarding data ownership and protection, and how do the existing cross-agency cyber initiatives fit into the cloud structure.

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No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

Via govexec.com by Eric Katz

Obama administration decides to keep government open on Tuesday.

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Federal CIOs Look to Platform-as-a-Service for Software Development

Federal CIOs Look to Platform-as-a-Service for Software Development

Via CIO.com by [u’Kenneth Corbin’]

CIO — For all the talk in the government IT community about shifting to a more service-oriented approach, there has been little movement toward platform-as-a-service (PAAS)technologies.

But that could soon change, according to a new survey of more than 150 federal IT executives.

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Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

Via FederalNewsRadio.com by Jack Moore

For the first time federal agencies are expected to spend less on information technology in the current year than they did the year before. But that doesn’t mean agencies are necessarily scaling back their capabilities. Despite technology’s receding top line, agency chief information offices aren’t thinking smaller when it comes it IT — they’re thinking smarter.

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