The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 2

The ACQUIRE Feed

DOD looking to put classified data in commercial cloud (FCW)

Rob Vietmeyer, DOD CIO's point man on cloud, said it could be over a year before a commercial cloud provider handles Level 6 data.

Past performance: A challenge to OFPP (FCW)

Steve Kelman calls on Anne Rung to eliminate the appeals process and make past performance ratings really matter.

CBO: DOD could save by transferring some jobs to civilians (Federal Soup)

Civilian federal employees—or contractors—could take over many of the Defense Department's support positions from military personnel at great savings to the agency, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

White House nominates new deputy director at OMB (FCW)

President Barack Obama will nominate a permanent deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

Are agencies listening to their watchdogs? (FCW)

Lawmakers quiz oversight officials about why agencies aren't taking their advice.

2015 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings debut (Federal Soup)

The Partnership for Public Service on Tuesday released its 2015 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings—which this year showed a small government-wide uptick in federal employee satisfaction.

Experts share insights on future of contract management (Federal News Radio)

Experts attending the National Contract Management Association's Government Contract Management Symposium talked about the hurdles they see ahead in contract management.

Fewer contractors than you think defraud the government (Federal News Radio)

Contrary to the popular perception, few contractors actually set out to defraud their customer, says Larry Allen a long-time expert in procurement.

DHS wants to offer alternative contracts to Silicon Valley startups (NextGov)

As part of a new "innovation program," potential vendors would submit written applications in response to research challenges.

CIOs may find a secret weapon in FITARA (NextGov)

Case in point: One CIO threatened to revoke network access for users who failed to comply with cyber policy.