IG: Navy and Marine Corps justified IT contracts with little or no competition

The Navy and Marine Corps reasonably justified about $220 million worth of IT contracts that were solicited without full and open competition, says the Defense Department's inspector general in a report issued Jan. 23.

CMS fell short of following contracting requirements in developing marketplace, audit says

In awarding the 60 contracts across 33 companies to help build the marketplace, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid fell short of complying with contracting requirements, an audit found.


One-third of federal managers in the dark on agency digital engagement, finds poll

One-third of senior federal employees don't know if their stakeholders are satisfied with the way their agency engages them digitally, and 35 percent don't think that their agency knows either, according to a report by ICF International, commissioned by the National Academy of Public Administration.

VA still needs to improve oversight of project management system for IT projects, audit says

The Veterans Affairs Department has taken steps to improve a project management process designed to make sure its IT projects are completed and delivered on time, but an internal audit found that accountability and oversight still need to be strengthened.


NIST to convene tech community to explore voting technology, direct digital manufacturing cybersecurity

In a Jan. 21 press release, NIST announced plans for a symposium on the future of voting systems and a meeting on the cybersecurity challenges facing new manufacturing technologies.


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As National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories shift away from a focus on nuclear projects and undertake more assignments from other agencies to address broader national security concerns, a larger debate over their governance has also emerged.


The Veterans Affairs Department is taking the first steps in an agency wide initiative to overhaul the way the agency interacts with its veterans. The program, called MyVA aims to reform the way the VA interacts internally and with the veterans it serves, said Bob Schneider, a former VA deputy assistant secretary who is heading up the MyVA implementation task force, in a Jan. 26 press call.