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Federal News Radio: Roopangi Kadakia Named VA CISO

Roopangi Kadakia

Roopangi Kadakia — program executive for security operations, web services and information management at NASA — has been appointed as chief information security officer of the  Department of Veteran Affairs, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Jason Miller writes LaVerne Council, VA assistant secretary for information and technology, told department employees in an email that Kadakia …

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18F’s Cloud Services Platform Gains FedRAMP Ready Status


The General Services Administration‘s 18F digital services team has received Federal Risk and Authorization Program Ready status for a cloud collaboration website the group built for government use. 18F said Monday it began to work toward the FedRAMP compliant evaluation process for cloud.gov and aims to obtain FedRAMP certification in November. “Getting Provisional Authority to Operate from …

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GSA Opens Pedestrian Processing Facility, Transit Center at San Ysidro Land Port of Entry

San Ysidro Port of Entry

The General Services Administration and the Customs and Border Protection have led the opening ceremony for a pedestrian processing facility and a transit center near the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry in California. The GSA-built 22,300-square-foot PedWest pedestrian infrastructure lies to the west of the San Ysidro LPOE and comprises twelve …

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy Introduces Bill to Codify Presidential Innovation Fellows Program


Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has introduced new legislation that looks to codify the Presidential Innovation Fellows program into a long-term project under General Services Administration management, Fedscoop reported Monday. Kayla Nick-Kearney writes the TALENT Act of 2016 also aims to create a PIF program advisory board that will help guide the team’s project …

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GSA Seeks New Tech Transformation Service Commissioner


The General Services Administration has begun its search for a new Technology Transformation Service commissioner who will work to manage the organization and the agencies it supports. GSA said Monday the new commissioner will lead efforts to help agencies develop, purchase and share technologies designed to serve the public and contribute to the government’s digital transformation. “Improving technology services …

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GSA Launches Big Data Mgmt Platform for Open Data & Transparency Goals

big data

The General Services Administration has developed a government big data management platform designed to address data analysis speed and accuracy demand and support the government’s mission to promote openness, transparency and accessibility. GSA said Thursday its Data to Decisions program was recognized at the 10th Annual Red Hat Innovation Awards open source technology event for its …

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GAO Asks OMB to Facilitate Inter-Govt Coordination on Real Property Data


The Government Accountability Office has urged the Office of Management and Budget to support coordination between federal entities with independent leasing authorities to add information on the government’s portfolio of real property. GAO said in a report published Wednesday federal entities that do not participate in the OMB-chaired Federal Real Property Council are not required to submit real property …

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OMB Issues Policy on Use of Govt-Wide BPAs for Identity Protection Services


The Office of Management and Budget has released a policy that requires federal agencies to use the General Services Administration’s blanket purchase agreements to acquire data breach response, credit monitoring and identity protection services. U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung wrote in a memorandum published Friday the category management policy directs GSA …

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