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On Deck: The Cyber Deputy

December 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a long wait, the country finally has it's first cybersecurity czar in the person of Howard Schmidt. Like most of the experts, having interviewed Schmidt I'm well aware the depth of his experience and expertise in this area. But any federal manager is only as good as the people ...

Report finds agencies are better aligning IT and business systems

December 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials are increasingly keeping their agencies' missions in mind as they design computer networks, according to a new report from a market research firm. Based on a survey of 400 public and private sector officials, Forrester Research Inc. concluded more organizations in both sectors are taking pains to ensure ...

Senators introduce bills to boost acquisition workforce roles, training

December 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two bills introduced in the Senate on Thursday would increase funding for and training of federal acquisition personnel. The Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act, introduced by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, would create a graduate program for aspiring acquisition officials. The second bill, the Federal Acquisition Institute Improvement Act, also introduced by ...

From Nextgov.com: Senators introduce bills to boost acquisition workforce roles, training

December 18, 2009 Two bills introduced in the Senate on Thursday would increase funding for and training of federal acquisition personnel. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

GSA awards geospatial services agreements to four firms

December 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration announced on Thursday that it awarded a new blanket purchase agreement federal, state and local governments can use to buy geospatial software and services through its SmartBUY program. Geospatial technology refers to a collection of software tools that allow agencies to perform complex tasks such as ...

From Nextgov.com: GSA awards geospatial services agreements to four firms

December 17, 2009 The General Services Administration announced on Thursday that it awarded a new blanket purchase agreement federal, state and local governments can use to buy geospatial software and services through its SmartBUY program. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Panel: Government should educate workforce on benefits of social media

December 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies looking to increase employee use of social media should focus on explaining the benefits of such tools and training workers to use them appropriately, government officials said on Tuesday. Panelists at an event sponsored by the nonprofit group AFFIRM at The George Washington University emphasized the importance of communication ...

Facing 21st Century Problems

December 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today's news that technicians have located 22 million missing Bush administration e-mails will be rightly viewed as a victory for the transparency community, particularly the two organizations that pursued the lawsuit. Failing to install an electronics record keeping system will go down as another failure for the Bush administration, albeit ...

Senators Want Answers on Networx

December 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whenever you've got what looks like a clear-cut case of government waste, some sort of manufactured political outrage inevitably follows. Taking up the mantle of the indignant taxpayer this week: Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The reason ...

Aneesh Chopra: Indian George Clooney?

December 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last night in a landmark moment for the Government 2.0 movement, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took note of the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative. You can check out his take for yourself: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Theory v. Practice - TSA ...