Are agencies headed toward shared office space?

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said moving agencies isolated in different buildings to “a common federal space is an inevitability.” Having a common office space could allow agencies to share certain utilities like security, conference rooms and dining facilities, he said.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

White House releases new open government initiatives

Criticized for his administration’s lack of transparency, President Barack Obama announced a series of new open government initiatives Wednesday designed to improve online accessibility, education and innovation.

New DHS headquarters ‘a monument to mismanagement’

Two prominent House Republicans reprimanded the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration last week for mismanaging the construction of the new DHS headquarters facility, which officials say is more than $1 billion over budget and not expected to be completed for another 12 years.

Former official: ‘GSA for Spectrum’ idea misses the mark

To understand how valuable spectrum is to the federal government, Scott Wallsten compared it to another commodity the country has a vested interest in: oil. “We wouldn’t consider allowing the government to have $200 billion worth of oil without having to pay for it,” Wallsten, the vice president for research at the Technology Policy Institute, said during a panel at The Brookings Institution on Tuesday. “If you take some of the same numbers that others use to estimate spectrum value [at] a $1-per-MhZ-POP (a measure of people covered under certain spectrum bands), basically we are talking $200 billion to $600…

Assessing the VanRoekel digital legacy

From the Digital Government Strategy to bringing increased transparency to IT investments through the PortfolioStat initiative, former U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel is credited with giving the federal government its “permission slip to innovate.” But questions remain about whether the former Microsoft executive was aggressive enough in transforming government.

4 model federal websites for better digital services

American citizens aren’t happy with federal government services, rating them worse than services of some of the most notoriously loathed and distrusted industries, like airlines, telecommunications and cable. But a few promising digital services efforts are leading the charge toward improving citizens’ contentment with government.

3 innovative ways agencies are leveraging mobile apps

From geo-coded big data to finding HIV care and leveraging Google Glass to inspect GSA’s buildings, mobile apps are changing the face of government forever.

Field of Dreams: Data.gov’s half-decade transition

When Data.gov was established in 2009, it was considered an experiment in open government. Now, with more than half a million unique data resources on the website, it’s transitioned into a proactive resource for data enthusiasts, public and private alike. “We work hard to push as much data up and out and to try to be as responsive and proactively go out and work with communities around the country and around the world,” Jeanne Holm, Data.gov’s evangelist, told FedScoop. “[Over time] we just worked really hard to take it as far as we could.” Holm, who also works as the…

Feds encouraged to test the waters on Reddit

Though individual federal agencies’ have used it to communicate to and with the public for a while now, Reddit is starting to get an influx of government consideration.

FedMentors: GSA’s Mark Day

Mark Day, deputy assistant commissioner for Integrated Technology Services at GSA, talks about his experience as a public servant in the federal government and gives advice to those just starting their journey.

GSA’s OASIS gets the final green light

GSA issued a notice to proceed Wednesday for its flexible and hybrid One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, better known as OASIS, contracting program for agency professional services acquisition, worth billions of dollars. In June, GSA issued a similar notice for the small business OASIS solution (OASIS SB).

Dave McClure headed to cyber firm Veris Group

Months after announcing his departure from the General Services Administration, Dave McClure is set to join cybersecurity provider Veris Group as chief strategist.

GSA picks Valiant for enterprise IT security contract

The General Services Administration this week awarded Valiant Solutions a $33 million contract to serve as the agency’s first line of enterprisewide defense against cyber attacks.

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