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GAO’s Dave Powner: Federal Govt Should Strengthen CIO Authorities

Dave Powner, the departing information technology director at the Government Accountability Office, told Nextgov in an interview published Friday that he thinks the government should continue to establish “strong governance” over IT acquisitions and strengthen the authorities of agency chief information officers. “I think the big thing that you need to …

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Army Reviews Comms Systems to Update IT Procurement Strategy

The U.S. Army has begun to assess its entire communications system as part of efforts to streamline the military branch’s information technology procurement process, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Acting Army Secretary Robert Speer and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters that the review will produce recommendations on streamlining IT acquisition and that …

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Navy CIO Rob Foster: IT-Acquisition Integration a Strategic Weapon

Rob Foster, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy, believes that the collaboration between the information technology and acquisition organizations could be a strategic weapon for federal agencies, FierceGovernmentIT reported Friday. Molly Bernhart Walker writes that the integration works to address technical challenges in the field of IT acquisition. “[Having] …

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Anne Rung, Tony Scott: New OMB Directive Eyes More Buying Power in IT Commodity Acquisition

Federal Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung and Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said the Office of Management and Budget‘s new directive on information technology commodity acquisition works to bolster the government’s buying power. Rung and Scott wrote in a White House blog entry posted Friday that the directive is based on the findings …

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Tony Scott: Agency Action Plans on FITARA Should Cover CIO’s Role

Federal CIO Tony Scott has outlined the potential federal IT reforms in the action plans of government agencies regarding their implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, Federal Times reported Tuesday. Aaron Boyd writes that the Office of Management and Budget expects agencies to identify “breakthrough” opportunities, develop a “believable” plan of …

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Tony Scott Optimistic About FITARA Effectiveness on Federal IT Reform

Federal CIO Tony Scott has expressed his optimism regarding the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act compared to previous IT acquisition reform efforts, FCW reported Monday. Adam Mazmanian writes that Scott also noted FITARA sponsors Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) continue to oversee implementation. “I think more and more …

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Thermopylae Sciences’ AJ Clark Calls for Cultural Shift in Defense Industry’s IT Acquisitions

A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, believes that a cultural shift is needed in the defense industry to update its acquisition process for information technologies and stimulate government IT development. “An acquisition process designed for large and unique weapon systems is becoming harder and harder to apply to technologies …

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