Procurement Policy

Innovative NIH online purchasing system honored

National Institutes of Health's Purchasing Online Tracking System generates $1 million in savings a year by eliminating double data entry and reducing staffing and resource costs.

Unions fire back at Gates for insourcing about-face

The American Federation of Government Employees wants answers from Defense Secretary Robert Gates on how his plans to save DOD money will affect insourcing efforts and federal employees.

Senators concerned about counterfeit parts

Recent reports on counterfeit electronics and IT products show increases in the number of incidents and inadequate policies to deal with the problem.

CIA, Google fund Web analysis firm

In-Q-Tel and Google Ventures are investing in Recorded Future, a company whose technology monitors the Web in real time and develops predictions of future events from that content.

Intell chief denies charges of too many contractors

Reacting to a Washington Post series, the director of national intelligence said contractors are key but are not doing inherently governmental work.

Is open source the cure for what ails VA's e-records?

An industry group convened by VA CIO Roger Baker is advising that VistA move to an open source platform and phase out MUMPS.

Martha Johnson's statement on GSA's FY 2011 budget request

GSA is dedicated to stimulating the economy through job creation, reducing the Federal government’s carbon footprint and increasing energy security, and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and transparently.

GSA chief of staff job is no longer open

The General Services Administration has picked its next chief of staff from within its ranks.

Feds look for their avatars in 3-D

The Agriculture Department plans to acquire software that agencies across government can use to build its own virtual world for collaboration and training.

Senate confirms Martha Johnson as GSA administrator

The Senate voted to confirm Johnson after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) overrode a hold placed on her nomination by Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) that had stalled the nomination since June 2009.

DARPA: Calling all cyber geneticists

A DARPA research program would combine technologies to apply genetics, anthropology, sociology and physiology to the identification of cyberattackers.

Cloud Computing Shoot Out targets federal adoption of the technology

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra will moderate the event, and is expected to discuss how cloud computing can decrease capital costs and streamline IT infrastructures for federal agencies.

NASA chooses Diaz to lead IT consolidation project

Deborah Diaz will lead NASA’s $4 billion IT consolidation project, an official confirmed today.

VA halts 15 technology projects

Of 45 Veterans Affairs projects halted in July, 15 have been suspended or had funding cuts.

First wave from states will test Recovery.gov's stimulus reporting mettle

The redesigned site's workload is set to increase.

GovLoop acquisition by GovDelivery strengthens both, analysts believe

GovDelivery has access to GovLoop's 18,000 government employee members, while GovLoop will benefit from capital and expertise, analysts say.

Fast-growing government social networking site GovLoop acquired

GovLoop, a social networking site specifically for the government community, has been acquired by cloud computing company GovDelivery.