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Rebecca Carroll

Senior Correspondent Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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Federal IT Reform Could Mean Bonuses for Procurement Staff

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One plan to overhaul how the government buys and builds information technology systems would establish an awards program for excellent IT acquisition staff, including “monetary incentives.” Language in the plan passed by the House multiple times -- most recently last week -- directs the Office of Personnel Management to develop ...

Agencies Waste Hundreds of Millions on Software

May 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department figured out how to save $125 million on Adobe products alone, according to a recent report. Unfortunately, that’s the exception. Federal software agreements are for the most part an unwieldy mess. Only two of the 24 major federal agencies have comprehensive inventories of their software licenses, ...

House Passes Federal IT Reform Yet Again, This Time With Defense Bill

May 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with details about the amendment and with comment from Sen. Tom Udall. A fundamental overhaul of how federal agencies build and buy information technology systems passed the House on Thursday for the second time this year. The chamber in February approved the Federal Information Technology ...

Data.gov Turns Five

May 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When government technology leaders first described a public repository for government data sets more than five years ago, the vision wasn’t totally clear. “I just didn’t understand what they were talking about,” said Marion Royal of the General Services Administration, describing his first introduction to the project. “I was thinking, ...

Agencies Often Don’t Answer Questions They Get Via Social Media, Survey Finds

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies only answer 72 percent of the questions citizens ask via social media, according to a new survey. Information services firm J.D. Power determined that 30 percent of social media contacts with government are to ask a question or resolve a problem. But agencies respond to only 72 percent of ...

Why Are So Many Army and VA Contracts Protested?

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies have protested more Army contract awards in the last 18 months than any other Defense Department agency’s awards, and the Veterans Affairs Department tops the list as the most protested non-Defense agency, according to an analysis by the open data supporters at GovTribe. The Government Accountability Office, meanwhile, is ...

What Do You Get When You Combine Space Exploration With Government Regs?

May 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Missions to space already involve competing priorities and complex -- sometimes shady -- cooperations. Add to that space tourism, asteroid mining and more Federal Acquisition Regulations for a glimpse of the future of the U.S. space program. “We’re going from a space economy that was really all government-funded for 60 ...

Labor Dept. Asks the Private Sector to Make Sense of Federal Contracting

May 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department has a question: Does anybody know what’s up with federal contracting? The department’s Office of Procurement Services is looking to the private sector as it tries “to determine if the capability currently exists to provide online acquisition knowledge services as a subscription,” according to a document posted ...

Can Anyone Actually Use the Data Your Agency Has Opened?

May 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Friday marked the one year anniversary of President Obama’s open data policy, which requires agencies to collect and create information in machine-readable formats. The order encouraged the release of some high-volume, bulk data sets as application programming interfaces, or APIs, which allow developers to pull the data directly into applications ...

IT Reform Should Focus More on Outcomes Than Tactics, VanRoekel Says

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With information technology evolving faster than laws governing federal contracting, legislation to reform how government buys and builds IT should focus more on results than on specific methods of achieving them, the federal chief information officer told lawmakers Thursday. We should be thinking about "what kinds of outcomes we’re trying ...