A pair of internal analyses by the General Services Administration finds much to criticize in the structure of federal telecommunications contract Networx, portraying it as too complex, inflexible, and mismatched to the way agencies buy telecom services.
The General Services Administration pushed back the planned completion date of an integrated acquisition database to 2018 because of development problems and cost overruns, General Services Administration Assistant Commissioner Kevin Youel Page told a Senate panel March 6.
Details so far on a proposed "federal cyber campus" contained within the White House budget proposal are scarce, beyond a few offhand references.
The General Services Administration asked Congress for the authority to spend the rent it collects from agencies on building repairs and maintenance as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. "This is something that any responsible real estate manager in the private sector is able to do," GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said during a press conference March 4.
Dan Tangherlini, the head of the General Services Administration, spoke with reporters Tuesday about the agency's fiscal 2015 budget request.
The Obama administration in its fiscal 2015 request proposes erasing the e-gov fund as a stand-alone pot of money and requests $20 million for a fund controlled by the federal chief information officer.
The Obama administration's fiscal 2015 budget requests $1.05 billion less in discretionary spending for the Homeland Security Department than it's set to receive this year. Still, its total budget authority, including mandatory spending and fees, would rise by about $264 million.
The General Services Administration hasn't developed a performance measure to determine small business participation in strategic sourcing initiatives and the Office of Management and Budget hasn't monitored agencies' efforts to include small businesses, a recently release Jan. 23 Government Accountability Office report says.
"It is unclear the extent to which changes to the backlog estimates resulted from agencies' actions to manage their backlogs or changes in the ways the agencies determine their estimates," the report says.
Agency and department websites could one day soon leverage the same log-on information citizens use for online banking for government services, following a Feb. 7 GSA update to the Trust Framework Solution. Although it's often referred to as "guidance," the TFS (.pdf) isn't a mere suggestion, said Anil John, program manager for the trust framework solution.