GSA continues real estate consolidation efforts

The General Services Administration, the country’s largest property owner, is targeting real estate as part of an effort to cut costs and reduce the government’s carbon footprint.

The key to a good ‘challenge’ in government

One method agencies have been using to find innovative solutions is by taking their biggest challenges to the public. Several agencies have had major success by offering prizes to the public for the best solutions to pressing problems.

Are CIOs relevant?

Do chief information officers matter? That was the question posed to six individuals, all of whom have had a career in federal IT management, most of them working the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Dave McClure to leave GSA

David McClure, associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration, is leaving government.

FedScoop’s Colby Hochmuth talks 18F on ‘Government Matters’

FedScoop’s Colby Hochmuth appeared on NewsChannel 8′s “Government Matters” this past Sunday to discuss the latest endeavor from the General Services Administration: a startup called 18F.

Space buffs unite globally to solve NASA’s biggest challenges

Space agencies around the world are gearing up for this upcoming Saturday’s International Space Apps Challenge, a two-day code-a-thon-style event. For the third year in a row, NASA is looking to the public to address some of its most-pressing obstacles.

So, what’s the story behind 18F?

After their time in government ended, several second-round participants in the Presidential Innovation Fellows program came together with an idea: make the projects they had launched stick and give them a place to land. From there, 18F was born.

SBA’s new head sworn in

Maria Contreras-Sweet was yesterday sworn in as the new administrator of the Small Business Administration, after being confirmed in January.

GSA’s Sonny Hashmi on mobility and cost savings

Sonny Hashmi, acting CIO at the General Services Administration, talks with FedScoopTV how his agency has saved money by implementing a more mobile approach.

GSA’s Jacob Parcell on mobile implementation in government

Jacob Parcell, manager of mobile programs at the General Services Administration, talks with FedScoopTV about the mobile implementation in government.

New crowdsourcing platform to improve public service

In an effort to “unlock the collaborative genius” of citizens, the General Services Administration has launched its newest social media platform, News Genius.

Cloud pioneer bids goodbye to government

When the General Services Administration needed to find a chief of staff for then-Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman in 2007, it looked like finding the right person for the job was going to be a difficult, lengthy process. That is, until Katie Lewin walked through the door.

DOD to centralize, automate clearance investigations

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday announced sweeping changes to the way the Pentagon conducts background investigations for more than 2.5 million military, civilian and contractor personnel who currently hold security clearances.

Become the face of GWAC program

The General Services Administration is looking to make an addition to its Federal Acquisition Service team — by hiring a director of strategic programs.

New IT strategic plan has work cut out for agencies

The Office of Personnel Management released its strategic IT plan this week, fulfilling a promise Director Katherine Archuleta made when she was first sworn in — that she would assess the state of IT in government and create a plan within her first 100 days.

Space agency taps MIT faculty for CTO role

NASA has picked a new chief technology officer: David Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has stepped into the position.

Strategic sourcing vehicle expected to deliver millions in savings

The General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service announced this week it has awarded 23 blanket purchase agreements for a strategic sourcing solution aimed at helping federal agencies purchase discounted maintenance, repair and operations equipment.

NASA’s Jason Townsend on technologies used for engagement

Jason Townsend, deputy social media manager at NASA, talks in this FedScoopTV interview about tools NASA uses for both internal and external engagement.

NASA’s FY 2015 budget brings humans closer to Mars

With the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget released yesterday, one particular agency is getting one step closer to a really cool mission.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

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