Wednesday federal headlines – October 21, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on the Federal Drive and In Depth radio shows.

  • The House has passed the DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act of 2015. It amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Supporters of the bill say it will help streamline DHS to ensure better policy and management efforts since the agency has so many moving parts. (Library of Congress)
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development marks a major milestone in its move to a federal financial management shared service provider. HUD announced Tuesday that it moved its management and procurement operations systems to the Treasury Department’s Administrative Resource Center. The department previously migrated travel functions, and its time and attendance systems to Treasury. HUD is the first cabinet-level agency to move its core financial management functions to a federal provider. (HUD)
  • The FAA’s Office of Inspector General has found the agency does not have the adequate staff to monitor its Organization Designation Authorization program. The program sets its standards of oversight for companies that perform functions on the agency’s behalf. In a recent audit report, the IG said FAA’s current staff model isn’t comprehensive enough. (FAA OIG)
  • DoD has announced a public meeting next November to continue a dialogue with experts and interested parties in government and the private sector regarding further implementation of requirements for detecting counterfeit electronic parts in DoD contracts. The department proposed a rule last month regarding the issue. (Federal Register)
  • The IRS has new information sharing and authentication program. It’s partnering with 20 industry organizations and 34 states to share identity theft information with each other in real time. The IRS will be the facilitator between states and participating companies. Industry also agreed to change password standards and make other authentication changes for taxpayers who file their returns electronically this next filing season. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said it’s the largest public-private partnership for the agency. (Federal News Radio)
  • The General Services Administration is reopening industry and agency comments on its next major governmentwide acquisition contract. GSA is releasing version 2 of the draft request for proposal for the Alliant GWAC, for IT services. One major change is GSA wants to increase the number of awards to 60 from 40 on the unrestricted portion of the contract. Comments are due back to GSA by November 30. Under the current version of Alliant, agencies have spent about 30 billion dollars over the last seven years. GSA expects to release the final RFPs for Alliant unrestricted and small business next spring.

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