5 signs procurement is ready for a revolution

Conditions are ripe for contracting shops to significantly change the way they do business.

VA halts 15 technology projects

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

DOD's new rules promote open source

New guidance from Defense Department acting CIO David Wennergren says DOD should consider open-source software on equal footing with commercial offerings.

DOD budget forecast threatens new technology deployments

Personnel and equipment costs might cut deeply into key defense acquisition programs over the next several years, reports Michael Bruno at Aviation Week.

Tom Davis made the connection between technology and reform

During seven terms in Congress, Davis led what became the Government Reform Committee and was widely known as the leading congressional expert on technology and procurement.

DHS considers new structure for EAGLE II

The Homeland Security Department is considering getting rid of all functional categories and allowing broad competition for the possible EAGLE II-Unrestricted acquisition vehicle.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Kundra's great experiment: Government apps 'store front' opens for business

An online storefront where federal agencies can purchase cloud computing technology was launched today.

Emerging Tech

Cartwright highlights coalition capabilities

Without rapid evolution of procurement, the enemy wins.

Air Force picks HP for enterprise IT

Hewlett-Packard will provide workstations and desktop PCs to the Air Force under the service’s enterprise IT purchase program.

Contemplating a world without Microsoft Word

If Microsoft is barred from selling Word, agencies would find alternative products and workarounds, observers say.

Director Pollet discusses evolution of DISA's mission

Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, reiterated the importance of the contract workforce to DISA at an industry presentation Aug. 7, especially, he said, as the agency faces moving its staff to Fort Meade next year.

Regulators move to keep counterfeit IT out of agencies

Regulators are in the early stages of developing new rules to make sure agencies aren’t buying phony IT products.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Security upgrades highlight DISA buying surge

The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to bolster security features embedded in its far-flung networks and data centers via several acquisition projects planned for the twilight of fiscal 2009.

Cloud & Infrastructure

GSA issues cloud storefront RFQ

Storage, Web hosting and virtualization requested on an on-demand basis.

Justice joins false claims suit against SAIC

Science Applications International Corp. plans to strongly defend itself against a whistle-blower lawsuit involving a General Services Administration contract to support naval facility in Mississippi.

GSA nomination mired in Senate muck

A busy Senate schedule, not further questions, is apparently holding up confirmation of Martha Johnson to be administrator of the General Services Administration.

Federal CIO Kundra envisions IT 'storefront' as replacement for GSA schedules

The federal CIO says federal government needs a procurement system that can keep pace with the rapid changes in technology.

New DOD memo looks to the horizon after FCS

A memorandum issued June 23 confirms the recommendations made earlier this year by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to replace the single, giant Future Combat System with a number of smaller modernization efforts.

State & Local

Virginia CIO ousted in contract dispute

The CIO of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency has been removed from his post in an apparent dispute with the newly installed Virginia Secretary of Technology.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DLA moves EMall to DISA servers

Application provider Partnet helped with transition to .mil address.

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