AFFIRM

  • Senate committee eyes new cyber hiring authorities for DHS

    Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Thursday the committee plans to mark up a bill on May 21 to give DHS more tools to hire cyber workers more easily.

  • Continuous monitoring deadlines push agencies to think big cyber thoughts

    Departments have a week to finalize their plans to implement information security continuous monitoring by 2017. State and DHS already are heading down the new cyber path, and are excited to take advantage of the standard suite of products and services under the CDM contract.

  • New data could be difference-maker for move to shared services

    OMB and Treasury have been working with the four federal financial management shared services providers to collect information on cost and performance. OMB Deputy Controller Norman Dong said the data will help agencies make true comparisons of the providers.

  • Changes in federal acquisition environment taking toll on vendors

    Preliminary results from a Grant Thornton survey of contractors show profits, revenues and overall participation in the government market is down. The pressure from the administration’s steps to reign in high risk contracts and reduce spending is having an impact on most contractors. The Navy, for example, is trying to be more disciplined in how it buys goods and services.

  • AFFIRM honors White House aide for cyber leadership

    Heidi Avery is deputy assistant to the President for homeland security, on the National Security Staff.

  • Agency CIOs coveted new Digital, Shared Services strategies

    Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said the new documents met three of five action items that agency technology managers developed last winter. OMB received buy-in not only from CIOs, but CFOs, CAOs and CHCOs before finalizing the plans.

  • OMB begins to clarify industry’s role in shared services

    Agencies face a series of deadlines starting at the end of May to map out their plan to consolidate commodity IT. Vendors will, many times, be the suppliers of the shared service, said Scott Bernard, OMB’s chief architect. OMB wants agencies to use the shared services strategy as a guide and the PortfolioStat sessions as the tool to figure out where opportunities exist.

  • FedRAMP almost ready to approve first outside security accreditors

    GSA, NIST to name the first batch of outside organizations who will test and validate commercial cloud products against baseline security standards in the FedRAMP cloud security program in May. The Joint Authorization Board also will release guidance to industry on how to implement the security requirements in the coming months. FedRAMP still is months from approving its first set of vendors.

  • Using social media at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Darren Ash, deputy executive director of corporate management at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will talk about how the agency is using youtube and other social media. November 8, 2011

  • Agencies begin to alter approach to IT system development

    Several departments are starting to understand that buying and creating technology systems can be done in small, iterative steps. OMB’s push for agile development seems to be taking hold across the government.