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Navy CIO Robert Carey to Move On, GSA Needs New Deputy CIO

As we reported last week, Navy CIO Robert Carey is expected to leave his current position by the end of the summer, departing as the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network kicks into high gear and legacy IT architectures like the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet continue to be phased out. Whoever moves …

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Insourcing’s Latest Dilemma: OCI

In a publication issued June 4th, DoD’s Standards of Conduct Office (SOCO) reminded all DoD employees that its policy guidelines prohibit them from serving on the boards of non-federal entities (NFEs) that they deal with professionally. This announcement comes ahead of a proposed DoD plan to insource 11,000 acquisition personnel, …

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Government Smartphone Policy: What You Need to Know

Last month, we brought you the top iPhone apps for government, but since they’re mostly worthless if you can’t use them on the job, we took a look at federal smartphone policy to determine when and where government workers can use their iPhones or BlackBerrys. In compliance with FISMA, agencies …

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Obama’s National Security Strategy

The White House recently released the Obama Administration’s comprehensive National Security Strategy online.  As a sweeping articulation of the administration’s goals in domestic and international policy, the strategy is short on specifics but nonetheless offers insight into the current administration’s operational philosophy in advancing America’s interests.  The strategy breaks down …

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Top iPhone Apps for Government

The success of programs like Apps for Democracy, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s contest to develop iPhone Apps for the city of Washington, DC, has proven the usefulness of smart phone apps and crowd-sourcing.  Currently, the federal government is in the process of launching similar programs to increase public engagement and government transparency. Below …

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Do We Need a Service Academy for Acquisitions?

Currently, the United States suffers from an impending shortfall in acquisitions personnel, a major focus area for “inherently governmental” work.  “In fiscal year 2000, there were 56,000 federal employees to manage $208 billion worth of contracts. Seven years later, there were 61,000 acquisition personnel managing $517 billion. So, while the …

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New Complications for SBA Regulations

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order requiring Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra to create a website to track agency progress in meeting goals for small business opportunities.  The order also authorized the creation of a task force to increase the effectiveness of small-business set-asides. …

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A Double Dose of Acquisition Reform

Last week, DoD and Congress each moved forward with acquisition reform measures: DoD proposed changes to DFARS to comply with OCI-prevention language in section 207 of the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (WSARA) and the House Armed Services Committee unaimously approved H.R. 5013, the IMPROVE Acquisitions Act of …

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Insourcing: The Baker’s “Dirty Dozen”

Just over a year ago, Robert Gates announced a plan to add 20,000 employees to the defense acquisition workforce by 2015:  11,000 jobs converted from contractor-held positions and 9,000 new jobs.  He also announced plans to insource another 19,000 non-acquisition jobs currently performed by contractors.  That’s a total of 30,000 …

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Inherently Governmental: Insourcing the Acquisition Process

According to a new draft policy letter published by OMB last Thursday, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy will expand its definition of “inherently governmental” soon.  The OFPP will now use the definition from the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act (FAIR Act) of 1998, replacing the definition from Subpart 7.5 …

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