The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 3

The ACQUIRE Feed

Why agencies don't know what they spend on IT (FCW)

With the Federal IT COST Commission, CIOs are looking to the private sector for help on cost management.

Pentagon CIO issues IT services directive (FCW)

The directive is the latest move in an ongoing effort by CIO Terry Halvorsen to standardize how all defense agencies measure IT performance.

Coming in 2016: Cloud legislation (FCW)

The New Year will bring a bill designed to streamline the way agencies fund, acquire and approve the move to cloud computing.

Truly committing to innovation and the cloud (FCW)

Government's success is enabled using contracting practices that reward instead of discourage new ideas and approaches.

Executive order aims to strengthen SES (Federal Soup)

President Obama last week signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the recruitment, hiring and development of Senior Executive Service employees. Log-in required.

Report: Moving some DOD jobs to civilians would garner savings (Federal Soup)

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office maintains that civilian federal or contract employees could take over many of the Defense Department's support positions from military personnel at significant savings to the agency. Log-in required.

Congress to scrutinize DoD multi-year contracts under proposed rule (Federal News Radio)

Congress will be able to keep a closer eye on the Defense Department’s multi-year contract procurement if a new proposed rule is adopted.

PSC outlines cloud transition roadmap (GCN)

The Professional Services Council’s new report outlines best practices for governments to follow when adopting commercial cloud computing solutions.

IG: DOD not keeping track of cloud contracts (Defense Systems)

Without a standard definition and a comprehensive list of contracts, the department can’t determine if it's saving money by moving to the cloud, says the report.

NITAAC slashes contract fees (NextGov)

The NIH contracting center announced it would pare back the prices for its three offerings by as much as 35 percent.