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Purchasing agreements emphasize strategic sourcing, vendor diversity

GSA’s 12 new office supply deals are designed to save agencies money and to facilitate more transactions with small businesses.

Nextgov.com: Lawmakers question agencies’ online contests and prizes

Two Republicans say the White House’s push for competition and cash awards wastes taxpayer money, but the White House and a federal manager say the investments are worthwhile.

From Nextgov.com: Networx contract offers first certified product for securing Internet connections

Technology is better suited for agencies with basic security requirements rather than complex intelligence networks, observer says.

IG: Virginia is failing to track Recovery Act program funds

Auditors find serious oversight lapses in Energy’s weatherization assistance program.

HHS chief plugs government health data

Information can be used to help patients and providers make better decisions.

PTO teams with Google on database

Move is part of the agency's efforts to comply with President Obama's open government initiative.

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Pentagon official searches for the source of contracting waste

Defense acquisition deputy Frank Kendall wants to reform the behavior that leads to spiraling costs and schedule overruns.

Coming Up Short

When voters start questioning your competence, it's like pulling a thread that can unravel an entire presidency.

Adm. Thad Allen is leading the federal response to catastrophe.

Coast Guard evaluates hurricane impact on Gulf oil spill

Responders shift effort from killing the well to containing it, risking a temporary increase in the flow of oil.

From Nextgov.com: Amazon talks cybersecurity in the cloud for feds

Nextgov discusses government managers’ fear of losing control, data breaches and disaster recovery with Adam Selipsky, head of the company’s Web services division.