CIO on GPO’s IT model: ‘Best of both worlds’

GPO’s Chief Information Officer Chuck Riddle told FedScoop in a phone interview that despite the fact that the agency does not have to follow mandates established by the executive branch that the models established are good ones.

GSA common acquisition platform in progress, but no firm timeline set

The General Services Administration’s launch of a common acquisition platform to reduce wasteful practices in government procurement is well into its beta stage, but GSA officials leading the program’s rollout said there’s no grand and official unveiling scheduled.

‘Disturbing’: Federal employee morale, confidence in leadership drops

In a year plagued by the hangover from sequestration and the government shutdown, the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that federal workforce morale isn’t getting any better, and negative feelings for senior leadership might be the lead culprit as it has dropped to a five-year low.

Air Force ready for branch’s first-ever hackathon

In the shadow of the Air Force Research Laboratory, more than 100 civic hackers will spend their weekend at the military branch’s first ever hackathon.

Amid criticism, regulators grant USPS grocery delivery permission

The United States Postal Service can now officially start delivering groceries to your door, according to an order authorizing customized delivery from the Postal Regulatory Commission.

‘Over capacity’ FedRAMP refines goals in new two-year roadmap

Why have the majority of federal agencies missed the mandatory deadline for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP? The GSA’s acting FedRAMP director says his office just can’t keep up with the workload.

FTC hires new CTO with deep links to Snowden documents

The Federal Trade Commission has hired privacy and technology expert Ashkan Soltani to serve as the commission’s chief technology officer.

House science committee to examine NSF grant to study Twitter activity

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will investigate a nearly $1 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a project that looks to decipher how online interactions affect popular sentiment, specifically on Twitter.

GSA: Information secure despite physical HQ security vulnerabilities

A report from GSA’s Office of Inspector General released last week revealed several physical security concerns related to the agency’s open office space and management of devices and documents, which included stolen items. GSA, however, said the vulnerabilities aren’t putting critical data and other sensitive information at risk as the report might suggest.

GSA introduces FedRAMP Ready to speed up cloud procurement

The General Services Administration has introduced a new category for its Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to highlight cloud systems proven to be FedRAMP ready.

Sonny Bhagowalia named Treasury CIO

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, the former CIO of the State of Hawaii, returns to Washington to take over Treasury’s $3.5 billion IT portfolio.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

Presidential Management Fellows program gets high marks in survey, though agencies lag

Presidential Management Fellows reported a high rate of satisfaction with the overall program — but they were less happy with their agency, according to a new survey released today by the Partnership for Public Service.

NSF grants merge computing and environmental sustainability

The environment and the world of computers may be at opposite ends of the physical spectrum, but a new set of National Science Foundation grants seeks to leverage advances in computing to promote the science of sustainability.

New Mexico cluster to focus on unmanned and autonomous systems

As the number of unmanned systems in use in the air, on land and in the oceans continues to rise, recent action by the Small Business Administration will work to accommodate the potential for small businesses to control parts of that market.

Is the key to closing the STEM skills gap higher salaries?

Agencies continue to face challenges when it comes to attracting the best and the brightest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to government service. But could part of the answer be as simple as paying today’s STEM standouts more money? Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta thinks so.

Report: NSF is falling behind in supercomputing

As the demand for data- and computing-intensive research grows, a new study found that the National Science Foundation is giving advanced computing less attention than it should be and falling behind in its ability to provide those resources to scientists.

Postal Service seeks permission to continue grocery delivery pilot

Look out, Instacart and Peapod, the United States Postal Service might be coming for you. Late last month, USPS filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission to conduct a market test of a grocery delivery service. Dubbed customized delivery, the experimental product would allow the Postal Service to deliver customers food and other prepackaged goods between 3 and 7 a.m. in major metropolitan markets across the country. “Grocery delivery services are expanding across the nation, with businesses ranging from the nation’s largest retailers, to niche operators, to the popular car service Uber entering the marketplace,” the filing with the PRC… starts the conversation on improving workforce engagement — the Web-based tool to help federal leadership easily access and visualize workforce data — is officially available for agencies and departments governmentwide. While some early users are quick to point out possible improvements, the general consensus is that the digital tool is a necessary conversation starter for better federal workforce engagement.

Survey: Millennials are happy, purpose-driven in government

Millennials in the federal workforce may miss out on the perks and salaries of private sector jobs, but for the most part they are satisfied with their employment and believe their work makes a difference, according to the first in a series of reports from the Office of Personnel Management on the 2014 federal employee viewpoint survey.

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