The fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Department appropriations bill advanced May 28 as the House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security approved it by a voice vote.
For the team redesigning the USA.gov homepage for mobile devices, creating a prototype using pieces of paper and manila folders wasn't just a cheap way to test out the changes.
The General Services Administration handed out long awaited awards to 74 companies under its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracting vehicle. OASIS functions as professional services sister vehicle to Alliant, which handles IT solutions in a similar way. The contract vehicle offers agencies a governmentwide contract that streamlines the acquisition of complex professional services, GSA said in a May 19 statement.
The Labor Department is interested in a dashboard that could provide access to regular acquisition news updates, and access to Government Accountability Office and other legal decisions, it writes in a May 12 request for information posted to Federal Business Opportunities.
Two federal agencies are teaming up to test new safety technology on federal vehicles and incorporate what they find into the governmentwide fleet. The General Services Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are set to being evaluating safety devices on the entire federally leased fleet as well as create a pilot program to research new safety technology, a May 13 GSA statement says.
Federal web managers are encouraging their agency peers to better define the chunks of information that feed their online and mobile content. "This information-centric approach is to enable interoperability," said Logan Powell, public affairs specialist at the Census Bureau.
Depending on where you stand, FedRAMP is a lot of things – a cloud certification process, a vetting tool for acquisition, but for agencies it could be a dependable line of defense against the next Heartbleed-like vulnerability.
Federal innovation must reach beyond individual agencies and work governmentwide, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert. "Despite what one normally reads, there are large numbers of people who are using innovative thinking to drive measureable impacts for their agencies," Cobert said at the May 12 Excellence in Government conference in Washington, D.C.
President Obama announced an additional $2 billion will be available over the next three years for contracts going to energy efficiency upgrades for federal buildings. The new contracting money comes after an earlier goal of $2 billion for energy savings performance contracts from 2011 to 2013, a May 9 White House announcement says.
The General Services Administration unveiled tools that they say will simplify the process for small businesses to find contracting opportunities. The initiatives were part of a May 9 program showcasing the agency's 18F team – a lab of developers and designers from both inside and outside the government working together to build digital services that will be used across agencies.