• Agencies’ tech isn’t always behind

    Innovation of federal IT springs up all over the government, including the IRS’ most recent move to provide more wireless options.

  • Justice Department sets up new Cyber-Digital Task Force

    In today’s Federal Newscast, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is forming a Cyber-Digital Task Force to make recommendations on policy and process changes across the Justice Department.

  • Duplicating efforts to avoid duplication

    The Coalition for Government Procurement questions why federal agencies are pursuing initiatives that appear to be duplicative, rather than maximizing their spending through existing vehicles.

  • Alan Chvotkin: RFIs, live participation can be costly for contractors

    Federal agencies trying to know what’s going on in technology are using requests for information and so-called reverse industry days more and more.

  • The new RFI: Request for innovation

    Whether or not you are a fan of FITARA, it’s hard to disagree that agencies should embrace modernization. Although requests for information and proposals should be the starting point for that transformation, they have become a shelter for the status quo β€” a place where innovation goes to die.

  • State seeking new plays to protect networks, data

    The State Department wants industry to help it write a new playbook for government cybersecurity best practices. State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management, Information Assurance (IRM/IA) is looking for “specialized cybersecurity experts” who can write a how-to guide for responding to cyber attacks and coordinating offensive cyber activities.

  • GSA wants to add cloud category to IT Schedule 70

    The General Services Administration announced Wednesday it’s seeking to roll out a new category especially for cloud services under its massive IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. Maynard Crum, acting director of the Office of Strategic Programs in GSA’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, announced the agency’s pursuit of a new special-item number for cloud β€” or cloud SIN β€” during a panel discussion at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • VA seeks outsider to review conference planning policies

    The Veterans Affairs Department wants a contractor to review the agency’s conference planning and conference acquisition policies, according to a request for information. The solicitation comes weeks after revelations that VA had spent $5 million two conferences last year.

  • Labor issues RFI to move GovBenefits to the cloud

    Agency wants vendors to provide answers to 28 questions about how this new set up would work.

  • DHS issues RFI for vendors to protect .gov domain