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Watchitoo to Provide State Dept With Interactive Video Comm Service; Dori Gurwitz Comments

The State Department has selected Watchitoo to provide its cloud-based video collaboration service to support the department’s global interactive communication programs with both internal and external parties. Awarded through the GSA IT Schedule 70 vehicle, the multi-year contract covers video conferencing and collaboration tools and broadcast-quality streaming service using a single platform, Watchitoo said Wednesday. “Government agencies …

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GSA, OASIS SB Vehicle Awardees Meet for Training Session

Officials from the General Services Administration and business holding positions on the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Businesses contract vehicle met Tuesday to start the program with an initial training session, FCW reported Tuesday. Mark Rockwell writes that discussion topics at the Fairfax, Va.-based seminar included sustainability, GSA roles, expectations, relationships, OASIS …

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Terry Halvorsen: DoD Needs Younger, Diversified IT Workforce

Terry Halvorsen, acting Defense Department chief information officer, is looking to diversify the Pentagon’s information technology workforce by hiring younger workers, AFCEA International reported on June 25. Halvorsen spoke at the recent AFCEA International Cyber Symposium about DoD’s need for workers with more than just the right skill sets, Robert Ackerman writes. “We need …

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Beth Cobert: White House Unveils Cross-Agency Goals, Action Plans

The White House has announced 15 presidential priority areas that will require teamwork among federal agencies in order to solve challenges across the government. Agencies have developed action plans to meet eight management-focused objectives and seven mission-oriented goals, Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and …

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C. Ford Heard: VA Working to Identify Positions for ‘Acquisition Corps’

The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to establish a professional acquisition workforce of contracting officers and program managers to serve veteran needs across all IT and healthcare service requirements, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. “We are in the process now [of] identifying positions that will be part of the Acquisition Corps,” C. Ford …

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Study: Pentagon Needs Global Input to Keep Technological Advantage

The National Research Council committee has released a study that recommends the Defense Department take advantage of global science and technology developments to maintain the military’s advantage, FierceGovernment IT reported Tuesday. Dibya Sarkar writes the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Air Force and Army have commissioned the committee to examine how …

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GSA Unveils Toolkits for Federal Social Media Efforts; Justin Herman Comments

The General Services Administration‘s DigitalGov office has released three new social media tool kits to aid federal agencies’ social engagement efforts in support of the SocialGov program, Fedscoop reported Monday. The federal social media policy development tool kit on Hackpad, a USAID guide for social media outreach in developing countries and the revised federal social media …

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