The federal government Jan. 27 released a long-awaited draft document that establishes a high baseline of security controls for cloud computing service providers, allowing them to host some of the federal government's most sensitive information.
In light of the Jan. 12 hack of U.S. Central Command's social media accounts, the General Services Administration has issued guidance to agencies for responding to "cyber-hijacking."
The General Services Administration doesn't know how many virtual employees it has and many telework arrangements are not fully approved, according to the GSA Office of Inspector General.
The General Services Administration began rolling out its new governmentwide commercial payment system, says a Jan. 21 GSA statement. GSA will begin issuing Chip & PIN-enabled charge cards in sometime January, the statement says, and comes as a result of an Oct. 17, 2014 executive order meant to improve the security of consumer financial transactions.
The General Services Administration announced Jan. 15 that GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini will leave the agency next month. His last day is Feb. 13, but GSA didn't give a reason why he's leaving or where he's going next.
Federal agencies are utilizing more commercial satellite communication services and turning to a joint General Services Administration-Defense Department contract vehicle to help them acquire solutions, according to a Jan. 9 post to the General Services Administration blog.
Congressional investigators say the Homeland Security Department and other agencies have taken few steps to address potential cyber threats to building and access control systems within federal offices, labs and warehouses.
The General Services Administration set new reimbursement rates for mileage in 2015, including an increase in the amount feds get back for using their own vehicles, GSA says on its website. New rates began Jan. 1, GSA says, with the rate for privately-owned vehicles increasing from $0.56 per mile in 2014 to $0.575 per mile in 2015. Those rates apply only when a government vehicle is not available.
The General Services Administration is seeking feedback from industry and government stakeholders on a proposed blanket purchase agreement that would feature vendors who specialize in Agile Delivery Services, or the development of software through a faster, more interactive acquisition process.
With limited staff and constrained budgets, federal agencies are having a harder time making their websites and social media presence accessible to people with disabilities, but crowdsourcing can help, a recent General Services Administration's DigitalGov blog post says.