GSA, DHS and other agencies are trying to address new challenges of hiring and onboarding employees during the pandemic emergency, and these changes are bringing agencies closer to modern human resources practices.
Suzette Kent, the federal chief information officer, said nearly a year to the date of launching the new shared services strategy, the Homeland Security Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is armed with a strategy and $25 million.
Don Bice, who recently left after 32 years in government, including the last two-plus years as USDA’s acting deputy assistant secretary for administration, said the agency challenged employees and executives to think differently in how they deliver mission services.
Jeff Seaton is the new acting CIO at NASA while Jay Huie leaves GSA after 10 years and Vera Ashworth joins GSA after spending the last 15 years in the private sector.
GSA and DHS award a $276 million contract to CGI-Federal to modernize the current shared services platform and add new capabilities for small and micro agencies under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program.
Bill Marion, who left federal service after 28 years including the last four years as the deputy chief information officer of the Air Force, said the next deputy CIO will have a long list of priorities including continuing network modernization, transforming risk management and ensuring the service has a digital workforce.
Julie Dunne, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, said contracting officers and vendors are finding ways to bring innovation, agility and speed to the pandemic emergency.
The General Services Administration’s inspector general reviewed new schedule contracts or those being renewed over a three-year period and found the agency may not be getting the price discounts that the government should expect.
Laura Stanton, currently the deputy assistant commission for GSA’s IT Category, will take over on an acting basis when Bill Zielinski leaves on June 5.
GSA says its market research identified the need for a streamlined rideshare/ride-hail services acquisition strategy, which would consolidate the government’s purchase instead of one-off purchases by individual agencies.
Deputy chief information security officers at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office say they are in the middle of expanding and maturing their approaches to cybersecurity.
David Shive, the General Services Administration’s chief information officer, replaced former Justice Department CIO Joe Klimavicz, who retired from federal service in February, as vice chairman of the CIO Council.
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Julie Dunne, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, in her first interview since becoming commissioner said a group of more experienced and product specific contracting officers are leading the procurement response to the pandemic.