Rebecca Weirick, the executive director of the Services Acquisition Office of in the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, said category management helped the service save almost 10% on contracts that was put toward readiness and modernization in 2019.
Kraig Conrad, the CEO of the National Contract Management Association, said acquisition and contracting officers must take advantage of automation to be more agile and faster.
DISA, GSA and industry issues dominated the 10 most read Reporter’s Notebook stories in 2019. The common theme across many of the stories is how agencies are setting the table for bigger changes in 2020.
DISA, cybersecurity and non-CIOs talking tech seemed to draw the interest of Federal News Network listeners and readers in 2019 on the Ask the CIO show.
Shane Barney, the chief Information Security Officer at USCIS, and Togi Andrews, the CISO at FEMA, say automation and reskilling of the workforce is part of how they are evolving their security operations centers.
Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, the deputy assistant secretary for contracting in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, said 80% of companies who won contracts at Pitch Days were non-traditional contractors.
Margie Graves, who has been the federal deputy CIO since 2016, plans to return to the private sector in 2020 after spending 18 years in federal services.
With the Christmas holiday falling on a Wednesday, President Trump decided to close the government and give employees an extra day off.
The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing on the 9th version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard provided some interesting insights beyond the grades for each agency.
The Government Accountability Office found GSA will not recover the costs to run the Technology Modernization Fund until 2025 and highlighted other delays in the projects in terms of paying back the loans.
The Office of Management and Budget’s general counsel reversed long-time policy that required agencies to automatically report Antideficiency Act violations to GAO and Congress. Now agencies must report only if they and OMB decides a violation occurred.
Jenny Rone, the assistant inspector general for data science at the Department of Agriculture, and Larry Koskinen, the chief risk officer for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, are turning to pilots to use data in new ways and gain support throughout the agency.
Tom Romeo, the general manager for the U.S. federal services segment for Maximus, said agencies have stiffened up the rules to get through the security clearance process and the backlog remains a big problem for vendors.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee released the ninth version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard with 20 of 24 agencies improving or maintaining their scores.