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Panel recommends overhaul of GSA's Multiple Award Schedules

March 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A changing acquisition landscape and inconsistent policy implementation are behind a push to update the General Services Administration's contract practices, according to procurement professionals. The Multiple Award Schedules Advisory Panel, made up of stakeholders from GSA, agency users and industry, published on Monday its 20 recommendations to improve the structure,...

Census Sticking Point

March 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Census Bureau this week started its daunting task -- counting the nation's 300-plus million people -- by mailing out advance letters to 120 million households. These letters politely remind citizens that the 2010 census documents will be arriving March 15 to 17 and to please fill out and mail...

FBI's Most Wanted in Your Pocket

March 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Bureau of Investigation is one of many agencies to embrace social networking, but its use of technology has a greater practical purpose than simple information dissemination. As the Houston Chronicle points out, the FBI's most-wanted list celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, and the bureau has updated the...

Security guidance to aid agencies in cloud computing push

March 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recent security guidance could help inform government's cloud computing procurement process, but additional threats must be addressed, according to security experts. The nonprofit Cloud Security Alliance last week released a list of the seven top threats to cloud computing, the practice of buying technology services over the Internet from a...

More Airport Body Scans

March 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department on Friday announced that it will expand the use of advanced imaging technology -- the controversial body scans -- to 11 U.S. airports, thanks to $1 billion in Recovery Act funds. The units go beyond the capability of metal detectors to pick up explosives, weapons and...

GSA announces $10 billion telecom contract to complement Networx

March 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration launched a $10 billion telecommunications contract to complement its massive Networx program. Connections II, scheduled for completion late this year, is a 10-year contract that provides labor and equipment for agencies' telecommunications infrastructure, building and campus needs, according to a draft request for proposals released on...

Cloud Computing Trauma

March 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Customer service matters. When it comes to cloud computing, a little bit could go a long way. RightNow, a customer experience software vendor with clients such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Army Training Help Desk, unveiled on Thursday its cloud services agreement, a set of...

Virtual Training, Real Battle

March 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Live, on-the-ground battlefield preparation is difficult to come by outside of the battlefield itself. Enter UrbanSim, a prototype virtual simulation currently being used to train U.S. Army personnel in complex urban counterinsurgency and stability operations. Simply put, UrbanSim is a computer game, said Andrew Gordon, a research associate professor at...

Distraction.gov -- Not

March 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yes, Distraction.gov is a real Web site. No, it isn't a compilation of crossword puzzles, Sporcle quizzes and Gawker-worthy gossip. In fact, it has nothing to do with giving feds a little diversion at work. Distraction.gov is the government's official distracted driving portal, maintained by the Transportation Department, devoted to...

Technology: The problem and solution for Postal Service's $238 billion shortfall

March 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology is behind the significant decline in the U.S. Postal Service's mail volume -- and losses -- but mobile applications could be integral to the agency turning its fortunes around, officials and policy analysts said on Tuesday. Advances in technology have changed consumer behavior, rendering "obsolete many aspects of the...